Portugal are European Champions!

The Portuguese held on to their lead until English referee Mark Clattenburg decided enough after 123 minutes of largely entertaining football.

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Portugal celebrate winning Euro 2016.
Portugal celebrate winning Euro 2016 (Photo; Talksport)

Portugal emerged winners of the 2016 European nations cup played in the French capital Paris. The Portuguese team, without their star player and captain Cristiano Ronaldo, played away to favorites and hoats France.

Ronaldo was stretchered off the pitch 17 minutes into the first half of the game after a collision with French midfielder Dimitri Payet resulted in a knee discomfort for the Portuguese captain who handed the armband to former Manchester United player Nani.

None of the two teams could breach the others defence as chances went begging throughout regular time. France however came close two minutes into injury time when Andre-Pierre Gignac missed a huge chance as his strike hit the post.

With extra time underway into the second stanza, it looked like the finals were to be decided by penalties- until substitute Eder hammered from outside the box beating Hugo Lloris after 109 minutes.

Portuguese striker Eder celebrates after scoring during Euro 2016
Portuguese striker Eder celebrates after scoring during Euro 2016 (Photo, Aljazeera)

The Portuguese held on to their lead until English referee Mark Clattenburg decided enough after 123 minutes of largely entertaining football.

For Portugal, this is their biggest achievement in football in recent history; coming after more 40 years since the team last beat France.

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