Portugal break 38 years jinx win over France to claim Euro 2016 Cup

•Win first major trophy in their history

Portugal are the European Champions for the first time in their history after a wonderful extra-time effort from substitute Eder earned a 1-0 victory over hosts France

The Lille striker’s goal after 109 minutes at the Stade de France in Paris secured an unlikely first major trophy for his country, after captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo lasted only 25 minutes of the first half.

The game had ended goalless after the 90 minutes and it took both teams the extra time to determine the winner.

Earlier in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo was wheeled out after a foul on him by Payet.

The victory saw Ronaldo adding Euro victory to his many laurels.

Ronaldo departed the Euro 2016 final on a stretcher, shedding tears after suffering a knee injury, before being replaced in just the 24th minute.

The Portugal star came off second best in a challenge with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet in the seventh minute of the game at the Stade de France.

The Frenchman won the ball cleanly with a forceful tackle but caught Ronaldo with his trailing leg.

Eder celebrating his goal against France in the final of EURO 2016
Eder celebrating his goal against France in the final of EURO 2016

The Real Madrid man tried to continue and went off twice for treatment, the second time visibly in tears from the pain. The 31-year-old forward initially appeared fit enough to continue, albeit with his movement limited by the heavy strapping applied by the Portuguese medical team.

As the Portugal captain attempted to lead a counter-attack he pulled for a third time and despite his knee being heavily strapped was unable to continue, handing the captain’s armband to Nani.

Ronaldo’s participation officially ended in the 24th minute when he was carried off on a stretcher, with Portugal boss Fernando Santos sending on former Chelsea man Ricardo Quaresma in his place.

On commentary, BBC’s Danny Murphy lamented the loss of Ronaldo as part of the final’s spectacle but defended Payet’s challenge.

‘He’s just tweaked something in his knee,whether it’s medial ligament or what, but you can’t carry on with it.’

The BBC pundits at half-time also defended the West Ham midfielder’s challenge.

Alan Shearer said: ‘I don’t think there’s any blame for Payet. It was a strong, hard challenge and rarely do you see Ronaldo getting hit by tackles.

‘Normally he jumps over them, but it’s just a hard, strong challenge and it’s unlucky, that’s all you can say about it.’

Portugal claimed their first win over France since 1978 and win first trophy in their history.

Also, Euro 2016 will be remembered for many years to come as competition produced many surprises and jinx breaks.