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Portugal Win Euro 2016 With Goal In Extra Time Despite Ronaldo Being Sidelined With Knee Injury During First Half

Portugal were lucky to have made it through pool play.

10/07/2016 22:43 | Updated 11 July 2016

Portugal have won Euro 2016, scoring the one and only goal of the match in extra time to scatch victory from France. 

Almost 19 minutes into overtime, Eder - full name Ederzito Antonio Macedo Lopes - scored in a superb strike of individual brilliance.

The goal came less than two minutes after his team mate, Raphael Guerreiro, narrowly missed a corner. 

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Eder scores for Portugal during overtime, to secure the Euro 2016 title

Portugal’s victory came despite their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, being forced off the field during the first half after clashing knees with Dimiti Payet.

The Real Madrid player struggled on for a short while before being stretchered off in tears. 

Portugal were lucky to have even made the final, having finished third in their pool.

The match was the first time a European Championship had ended without a goal being scored after 90 minutes of play.

The second half ended with a few near misses by France following a fairly flat first half which was dominated more with injuries, than scoring opportunities.

Andre-Pierre Gignac almost scored in the dying minutes of the second half, but the ball hit the side of the goal, in the best of several close attempts by France.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears after a knee clash resulted in him being stretchered off the field

A French victory, it had been hoped, would lift the spirits of the country which has been repeatedly targeted by terrorists in recent years.

Sunday’s final was played at Stade de France, one of a number of locations targeted by Islamic extremists in November 2015, in attacks that claimed 130 lives.

A further 32 people were killed in March in three coordinated nail-bombings, two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station

France had won their last ten games against Portugal, a run dating to 1975.

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    A giant replica of the trophy is seen in the middle of the pitch during the closing ceremony before the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France.
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    Supporters wait in front of giant screens, with the Eiffel Tower in background, in the Paris fan zone, before the Euro 2016 final football match.
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    France's Patrice Evra, left, challenges Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 final football match.
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    Ronaldo cries in pain.
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    Medical staff treat Ronaldo.
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    Ronaldo covers his face as he is stretchered off the pitch after suffering an injury.
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    Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio jumps for the ball next to France's Paul Pogba.
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    France's Blaise Matuidi fights for the ball with Portugal's Pepe, left.
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    Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, centre, clears a cross despite the challenge of France's Paul Pogba.
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    Portugal's Adrien Silva fights for the ball against France's Olivier Giroud.
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    Portugal's Eder fights for the ball against France's Andre Pierre Gignac.
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    Portugal's Nani fires a shot.
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    France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris jumps for the ball as Portugal's Eder scores the opening goal.
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    Portugal's Eder, front right, celebrates after scoring.
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    Portugal's players celebrate after Eder scored.
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    Portugal players celebrate after Eder scored.
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    Ronaldo celebrates after his team won Euro 2016.
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    Supporters of France react.
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    Supporters of France react after the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France.
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    Portugal supporters cheer.
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    A supporter of Portugal reacts after her team scored.
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    Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe hold the trophy.
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