July 10, 2016 Euro 2016 Final - Portugal 1-0 France ET at Stade de France, Paris


Portugal defeated France 1-0 in extra-time to win Euro 2016 final with Eder Citadin Martins’ stunning goal at 109’!

Portugal faced host nation France in Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2016 Final after Antoine Griezmann scored twice to beat Germany 2-0 in Thursday's semi-final thriller in Marseille, France. Superstar key football players in the match that determined the 2016 the European Championship title contenders and trophy winners were Portugal’s Éder Eitadin Martins, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Nani along with second place France's Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris, and Olivier Giroud. 

Fernando Santos, manager Portugal National Team

Sixty-one year-old Portugal manager Fernando Santos is well known for his numerous coaching spells in Greece, where he managed several teams including AEK Athens and Panathinaikos. Santos led the Greek National Team to the Second Round of the 2014 World Cup, before leaving the job to become head coach for his native Portugal National Team leading them to glory and the Euro 2016 Championship.

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Antoine Griezmann scores double to win for France

Cristiano Ronaldo scores opening goal of match for Portugal

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Gareth Bale, Wales & Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Portugal 2 – 0 Wales

Wales lost to Portugal 2-1 on Tuesday in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 despite a wonderful show of talent by Real Madrid superstar footballer Gareth Bale and national pride by the Wales side and fans alike. Portugal reached the final after their defeat of Wales with Portugal goals by Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo (50”); and Luis Nani (53”).

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo offered Real Madrid teammate and Wales captain Gareth Bale words of consolation after Wales' heartbreaking semi-final defeat remarking that Chris Coleman’s Wales side was the “revelation team” of Euro 2016

Wales enjoyed a historic run at Euro 2016 - their first major tournament since 1958. The Wales fairy tale ended in heartbreak as Portugal registered their first win within 90 minutes at the Euro tournament after scoring two goals including Ronaldo’s phenomenal header in the 50th minute, followed by Nani’s close-range finish.

Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies both missed the match due to suspension.

"I congratulated them on their run," said Ronaldo said, having embraced Bale after the whistle had blown. "They had an amazing run. They were the shining star here, the revelation team. I wished them good luck and as for the rest I would rather not say."

Bale responded saying that Welsh football has a promising future ahead.

 “We're bitterly disappointed to be so close to the final but we have to be proud,” said Bale. “We have achieved a lot. We've had a taste of it now and we look forward to the future. We have confidence. We don't just want to turn up to one tournament, it's about the bigger picture for us.”

Ronaldo was delighted to have reached his second European Championship final with Portugal. His first was Euro 2004.

"This is different," he said, "I was 18, that was my first final. My debut. Now 12 years have gone by and now we are going to play another final. I am very proud of that. "I have always dreamed of winning for Portugal, I hope it is our turn now. "I am very confident and I believe that all these boys deserve it. I deserve it, Portugal deserves it, the fans deserve it - every single Portuguese person deserves it. They've been amazing supporters.”

"I've always dreamt of winning something for Portugal and now it's just one step away. Dreaming is free so let's keep dreaming," added CR7.

Portugal National Side

Rui Patricio, Cedric, Bruno Alves, Fonte, Guerreiro, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Renato Sanches (Andre Gomes, 74), Adrien Silva (Joao Moutinho 79), Nani (Quaresma, 86), Ronaldo. 
Subs not used: Lopes, Carvalho, Eder, Vieirinha, Rafa, Eliseu, Eduardo.
Goals: Ronaldo, 50, Nani, 53.
Booked: Alves, Ronaldo. 
Manager: Fernando Santos

Wales National Side

Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Collins (Jonny Williams 66), Ashley Williams, Taylor, Allen, Ledley (Vokes 58), King, Robson-Kanu (Church 63), Bale
Subs not used: Fon Williams, George Williams, Edwards, Richards, Cotterill, Vaughan, Ward.
Booked: Allen, Chester, Bale.
Manager: Chris Coleman

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

Germany  0- 2 France

France defeated mighty Germany 2-0 on Thursday with both goals by Antoine Griezmann at Welodrome Marseille to earn their spot in the UEFA Euro 2016 Final against Portugal in Paris on Sunday, June 10th.

Led by manager Didier Deschamps, host nation France defeated Germany in a night to remember at Stade Velodrome on Thursday, as the traditional champions of European football headed home after the exciting match and France are entitled to compete with Portugal in their own European Championship final in Paris on Sunday.

France coach Didier Deschamps set £100 million superstar Paul Pogba and Matuidi at the base of his midfield and left Leicester’s N’Golo Kante on the bench. 

Germany’s Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos dominated from the start of match with the help of Thomas Muller. Joachim Low’s world champions Germany side maximized and dominated in the 45 minutes of the game, controlling the play and tempo, outplaying France from front to back, and looking like they would emerge as winners from the match – but not scoring a single goal perhaps due to the absence of Mario Goetz along with the skills of French goalie, Hugo Lloris who earned a clean sheet in the match. However France still had plenty of libido later in the match, and got the inspiration they needed to go on to victory with goals gifted by the Germans to twenty-five year-old French forward Antoine Griezmann.

France were awarded a spot-kick after Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger blocked Patrice Evra's header with his hand in the box. Schweinsteiger was booked by referee Nicola Rizzoli, and Griezmann stepped up to score France’s opening left-footed penalty goal against superstar Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from 12 yards at 45 minutes in first-half stoppage time. Neuer guessed the wrong way and the score was France 1-0 Germany. In another gift, Griezmann adeptly added a second for France after Neuer pushed a cross into his path in the 72nd minute.

Germany will long remember the penalty decision that gave France the edge and irreversibly changed the outcome of the semi-final match although replays show that Bastian Schweinsteiger showed a leading arm while jumping against Patrice Evra. Griezmann stepped confidently forward  to send his penalty past Manuel Neuer.

Griezmann’s Spanish La Liga season with Atletico Madrid ended dismally as he missed a penalty in Atletico Madrid’s 2016 Champions League Final defeat by city rivals Real Madrid.

However Griezmann has rebounded from the disappointing end to his 2015-16 campaign and has been excellent in this tournament showing a hunger to score goals and an ambition for victory that has inspired his French side to compete at the highest level as he rescued France against the Republic of Ireland in the Round of 16 in Lyon and again in the Semi-finals with his two strikes against Germany.

Germany National Side

Neuer; Can (Gotze, 67), Boateng 6 (Mustafi, 61), Howedes, Hector; Kroos, Schweinsteiger (Sane, 79); Kimmich, Ozil, Draxler; Muller
Subs not used: Leno, Ter Stegen, Tah, Schurrle, Weigl, Podolski
Booked: Can, Ozil, Schweinsteiger, Draxler 
Manager: Joachim Low

France National Side

Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Griezmann (Cabaye, 90), Payet (Kante, 71), Giroud (Gignac, 77)
Subs not used: Mandanda, Costil, Jallet, Rami, Mangala, Digne, Schneiderlin, Coman, Martial
Booked: Evra, Payet
Goals: Griezmann pen 45, 72
Manager: Didier Deschamps

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

Superstars Playing in Euro 2016 Final

Antoine Griezmann (France, Atletico Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha known as Nani (Portugal, Valencia)
Olivier Giroud (France, Arsenal)
Paul Pogba (France, Juventus)

Griezman on fire with six goals at UEFA EURO 2016 - Griezman wins Golden Boot!

French Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann won the race for the Adidas Golden Boot as he moved into fourth on the EURO all-time scoring list following his two goals against Germany in Marseille.

Griezmann's semi-final double took him to six for the championship.  Sunday's final against Portugal gave him another chance to score for France to catch up to Cristiano Ronaldo (9 goals) - however neither Ronaldo nor Grietzman were able to score a single goal in the final match, Michel Platini (9 goals) and Alan Shearer (7 goals) on the all-time chart.

European Championship Tournament Top Scorers

1960: 2 François Heutte (France), Viktor Ponedelnik (USSR), Valentin Ivanov (USSR), Drazen Jerković (Yugoslavia), Milan Galić (Yugoslavia)
1964: 2 Jesús Pereda (Spain), Ferenc Bene (Hungary), Dezső Novák (Hungary)
1968: 2 Dragan Džajić (Yugoslavia)
1972: 4 Gerd Müller (West Germany)
1976: 4 Dieter Müller (West Germany)
1980: 3 Klaus Allofs (West Germany)
1984: 9 Michel Platini (France)
1988: 5 Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
1992: 3 Henrik Larsen (Denmark), Karlheinz Riedle (Germany), Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands), Tomas Brolin (Sweden)
1996: 5 Alan Shearer (England)
2000: 5 Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Savo Milošević (Yugoslavia)
2004: 5 Milan Baroš (Czech Republic)
2008: 4 David Villa (Spain)
2012: 3 Fernando Torres (Spain), Alan Dzagoev (Russia), Mario Mandžukić (Croatia), Mario Gomez (Germany), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2016: 6 Antoine Griezmann (France)

UEFA EURO Final Tournament Goals

9: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
9: Michel Platini (France)
7: Alan Shearer (England)
6: Antoine Griezmann (France)
6: Wayne Rooney (England)
6: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
6: Thierry Henry (France)
6: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
6: Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
6: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)


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Éder Eitadin Martins scores winning goal for Portugal!

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal balances the Henri Delaunay trophy on his head to celebrate after his team's 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France.