Portugal overcame the early loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to stun France and secure their first major international trophy courtesy of a 1-0 extra-time win in a dour Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France.
Former Swansea striker, Eder, who struggled to make an impact in the Premier League last season, was the unlikely hero as he jinked in from the left and drilled a 25-yard effort into the corner on 109 minutes.
Fernando Santos' men were cast as underdogs from the start but saw their task grow even tougher when their talisman, Ronaldo was injured after just eight minutes following a clash with West Ham's Dimitri Payet.
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A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Real Madrid forward tried to carry on but was eventually replaced midway through the half, leaving many convinced France would go on to easily clinch a record-equalling third European title.
But Portugal held firm with goalkeeper Rui Patricio producing a series of fine stops to thwart the likes of tournament topscorer, Antoine Griezmann and the impressive, Moussa Sissoko.
France substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac thought he had won it when he hit the post at the end of normal time, but it was a player from the A Selecao bench who proved to be the matchwinner as Portugal finally put to bed their reputation as nearly men, banishing the demons of their final defeat 12 years previously.

Portugal celebrate Eder's goal against France

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Talking point

Cristiano Ronaldo's tears of despair turn to joy. Portugal's talisman was left in tears 12 years ago when his country were stunned in the final by Greece - and it happened again here - but in different circumstances as his big night was ended prematurely following a clash of knees with Dimitri Payet. The Real Madrid man tried to battle on but was eventually stretchered off. Back in 1998 the Stade de France was the setting for the bizarre issues that saw Brazilian Ronaldo play in the World Cup final when clearly unwell. A cruel irony meant it looked like the stadium would be associated with the dismay of another superstar by the same name, but Portugal showed they are not a one-man team, taking advantage of France's stage fright to ensure one of the greatest players of all time was celebrating with watery eyes come the end of extra time.

Man of the Match

Rui Patricio (Portugal). Made a series of top-class saves to deny France when they had early momentum. The Portuguese defence was the bedrock of this triumph and he was a steady influence throughout.

Player Ratings

FRANCE: Lloris 6, Sagna 7, Koscielny 7, Umtiti 7, Evra 7; Pogba 6, Matuidi 6; Sissoko 8, Griezmann 6, Payet 6; Giroud 6. Subs: Coman 7, Gignac 6, Martial 5.
PORTUGAL: Patrício 9; Cédric 8, Pepe 8, Fonte 7, Guerreiro 8; Carvalho 7; Mário 7, Adrien Silva 6, Renato Sanches 6; Ronaldo 5, Nani 6. Subs: Quaresma 6, Moutinho 6, Eder 7.
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Antoine Griezmann in action against Portugal

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Key Moments

10' - Griezmann goes close! Griezmann sees his looping header tipped over the top by Patricio after a floated ball from Payet caught Portugal's defence out.
18' - Ronaldo injured: Portugal's talisman sits prone on the pitch in tears after failing to shrug off an eighth-minute knock on the knee during a challenge with Payet.
25' - Ronaldo carried off: A sad sight as the Real Madrid forward hands the captain's armband to Nani and is carried off on a stretcher. Is that the end of Portugal's hopes tonight?
34' - Sissoko shot: Sissoko turns superbly and fires in a strike from the left of the area but sees his shot pushed away by Patricio.
66' - Griezmann heads over! Coman delivers a pinpoint cross from the left for Griezmann who somehow contrives to nod over the top from relatively close range.
81' - Acrobatic from Quaresma! Crazy goalkeeping from Lloris as he flaps at a Nani cross. The rebound comes back at him but the Spurs keeper is relieved to be able to recover and pluck Quaresma's overhead attempt out of the air.
84' - Sissoko strike! Sissoko with another strong piece of play, bursting forward and forcing a smart save out of Patricio with a 20 yard piledriver.
90+2' - Gignac hits the post! So close! Gignac wriggles free in the area and hits a scuffed shot that smacks against the near post and rolls across the goalmouth. No-one can react to tuck it home.
109' - Off the bar! Guerreiro steps up and curves the 25-yard free kick against the crossbar. France hack it to safety. Let off for the hosts.
109' - GOAL! FRANCE 0-1 PORTUGAL. Eder turns well and holds off his man before letting fly from 25 yards that flashes into the bottom corner.

Hugo Lloris is beaten by Eder

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Key Stats

Portugal have been ahead for only 73 minutes of their 720 minutes played at this tournament.
A Selecao have become the 10th different nation to win the European Championships.
Renato Sanches (18y 326d) is the youngest player to ever play in a Euros final.
Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed off in a Euros or WC game he started for Portugal for the first time in 3668 days (v NED in 2006).

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Fans in the Paris FanZone watch Cristiano Ronaldo get carried off

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