Portugal did the unthinkable, as it defeated France 1-0, and clinched the championship of the Euro 2016 Final.
Many considered Portugal’s win as one of the league’s biggest upsets, as the nation claimed its first soccer tournament trophy.
According to the New York Times, what made the victory more incredible was that Portugal was able to pull out the win without their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was taken out of the game on a stretcher after injuring his right knee in the 24th minute.
Aside from the grit, determination and remarkable spirit shown by Portugal in the final stretch, it was the extra time field goal by substitute Eder, which secured the team’s victory in the Euro 2016 Final.
While holding the ball in the attacking half, Eder pivoted towards the middle, and having found just enough space, launched a right-footed, 25-foot yard shot, which took France’s goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris by surprise.
France appeared to be momentarily blindsided, as Eder’s goal seemed to have come from nowhere.
As the Portuguese celebrated their team’s amazing win, the French were a picture of dejection.
A victory at the Euro 2016 Final could have lifted the nation’s spirits after it experienced the worst terrorist attack in its history last November, while having to endure severe flooding and constant worker strikes recently.
In the meantime, a highly-emotional Ronaldo couldn’t hide his joy, as he unabashedly cried while lifting the championship trophy, the Denver Port reported.
The Portugal superstar cried “Vamos – Let’s go!” as he hoisted the silver trophy, which embodied his and his teammates struggles leading to their first major title.
It could have been a tearful night for Portugal after their star suffered a serious injury, which forced him to leave the game.
However, despite the pain in his right knee, he returned to the field and cheered his teammates, as Portugal went on to win the Euro 2016 Final.