It was an enthralling finals a fitting end to an unpredictable tournaments where the underdogs more often than not came on tops against seasoned teams.
Many billed it as a match between ronaldo and griezmann the two men in form who would decide the fate of their country winning the title, but as is the case in football there was a different story to be written.
Ronaldo injured well before half time tried to hobble and play through the pain to lead portugal to euro glory but the injury to his knee suffered by a dimitri payet challenge before halftime would not allow him to. The caption left the fields with sobs and hurt and his fans feared for the worst. It seemed all was lost for portugal before it even started.
The Euro was Griezmann’s to take and with it most likely a strong case for Ballon D’ Or . Griezmann had his chances with a few clear headers he would have scored easily on other days, but as the match progressed his influence waned and it was more and more clear why football is called the team sport.
Both teams tried to stifle the other and players like joao mario of portugal and moussa sissoko of France were the standout midfielders for their respective sides. The game became more physical as the match proceeded and both managers made striker substitutions to go for the win.
André-Pierre Gignac was introduced by france around 80 minutes and on the 93rd minuted produced a good turn and shot inside the Portugal box which beat the defender and goal-keeper only for the sidebar to deny France the title with the last kick of full time.
Then came the moment that snatched the title from the french
A thunderous strike from the portugal substitute striker Eder in the second half of extratime the sealed the title for Ronaldo’s portugal.