What a final that was! After three weeks of entertaining soccer, it came down to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and the hosts France to duke it out for the bragging rights of being Euro 2016 champion on July 10. Congrats to, Portugal for winning the game 1-0 after extra time.
What a fantastic spectacle for the neutral and the fan! The two best teams left in Euro 2016 went to head-to-head in the final of the soccer championships that has brought us so much joy in the last three weeks. But only one team can lift the trophy at the end of the day, and it was Portugal who broke France’s hearts.
Both teams had done incredibly well to get this far. France were hotly tipped as hosts to win the trophy, while Portugal had steadily improved from the group stages and looked like a difficult team to beat. It especially helps that they have Cristiano Ronaldo!
However, things took a turn for Portugal when their talisman, and leading goalscorer of all time, got injured after just 10 minutes of play. He tried bravely to play on, even having his knee strapped up by the Portuguese medical team, but after 24 minutes he collapsed on the pitch and a stretcher had to come on the pitch to take him off.
As for the game itself, like most of Portugal’s matches it was a tight mate and defense was the winner for the first hour. Portugal absorbed all of France’s attacks, and they rarely looked troubled as they managed to contain their opponents.
France nearly won the day before extra time when Andre-Pierre Gignac turned Pepe inside out in the penalty box to fashion a goalscoring chance. However, his shot hit the inside of the post and came out rather than going into the goal, much to the frustration of the crowd who groaned on the big screen when they saw the replay.
We went into extra time, and eventually we had a breakthrough. Substitute Eder hit a 30 yard shot that didn’t seem to have enough power to beat France goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris. However, the ball hit the back of the net and Portugal were 1-0 up with 12 minutes to go. And they held on to win the game! Well done, guys!
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