Portugal stun-France to become Champions of Europe

Portugal are champions of Euro 2016 after defeating host nation France in extra time. 

Swansea City reject and super substitute Éder scored a long low driven strike to beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Despite losing star man Cristiano Ronaldo early to a knee injury, Portugal stuck to manager Fernando Santos’ discipline defensive tactics.

Ronaldo tried to come back on the field twice after Dimitri Payet’s front on challenge left him in serious pain to the knee.

Portugal had not beaten France in a competitive match in 41 years.

A massive blunder throw in from Bacary Sagna saw Portugal win the ball in the midfield. After some slick combination of short passes, Eder found himself on the edge of the box and scored the goal of his life from the outside of the box.

THE MASTERMIND

Santos’s men were the victims of huge criticism for their negative defensive tactics, which saw them fail to win a match in normal time until the semi finals against Wales.

It’s a style of play the Portuguese players are not known for, but it has produced their countries first international trophy.

We may not have seen the greatest Portugal team, but the way Santos was able to discipline so many big name, big personalities was the major difference.

Portugal had only been ahead against any team for a total of 73 minutes in the entire tournament.

France on the other hand choked on home soil, leaving an entire nation in shock.

 

 

Ari Charilaou