By:SAM TONKIN FOR MAILONLINE
- Portugal have been crowned winners of Euro 2016 after beating hosts France at the Stade de France in Paris tonight
- It comes after 50 matches and 107 goals watched by more than 2.3million spectators in 10 host cities across France
- Underdogs Portugal won despite their star player and captain Cristiano Ronaldo being forced off with a knee injury
- Security was ramped up in and around stadium but some fans clashed with riot police near the Eiffel Tower in Paris
The three times world player of the year was stretchered off in tears after suffering a knee injury but that did not stop his resilient team-mates from going on to record an unlikely victory against the odds.
It was striker Éder who proved to be the hero as he broke the deadlock with a fine solo effort just over 10 minutes from the end of the game.
France had been favourites going into the final but despite having numerous chances they could not find the goal that would have sent their home fans into raptures. As it was, the nation was left to reflect on a bitter end to the tournament as Portugal won the European Championships for the first time.
Meanwhile a jubilant Ronaldo was seen in tears of joy as his agony turned to ecstasy at the final whistle, the Real Madrid star having helped his team navigate their way through to the final after winning just one game in normal time.
The champions drew all three of their group games to scrape through to the knockout stages before beating Croatia in extra-time, Poland on penalties and finally Wales 2-0 in the semi-finals.
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Lifting the trophy: Portugal have won Euro 2016 after beating France 1-0 in extra-time despite losing their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo less than half an hour into the match
It was a massive blow for Portugal, who were already underdogs before the loss of the three times world player of the year.
The game kicked off at 8pm amid tight security both inside and outside the stadium and is currently goalless in extra-time. French striker Antoine Griezmann – who is on course to win the Golden Boot having scored six goals so far in the tournament – has had several chances to add to his tally.
But overall the game has been somewhat of an anti-climax, with neither team showing enough creative flair to break the deadlock in normal time in what has been a cagey affair.
France originally looked the more likely, ramping up the pressure with 20 minutes to go, but Portugal were always dangerous on the counter and hit the bar with Nani as the game ticked into the final stages of normal time.
Prior to kick-off there were a few ugly scenes as French riot police fired tear gas to disperse supporters trying to enter the fan zone in Paris. Clashes broke out at the foot of the Eiffel Tower as officers took a heavy-handed approach to prevent overcrowding.
After 50 matches and 107 goals watched by more than 2.3million spectators in 10 host cities, it all comes down to tonight’s game as both countries go head-to-head to lift the trophy.
Portugal and France both recorded 2-0 victories to reach the final two, against Wales and Germany respectively, and it is sure to be a mammoth clash in the French capital.
Earlier today supporters from both sides began mingling peacefully outside the stadium amid tight security in a city still on high terror alert. The match comes eight months after Islamic extremists killed 130 people and injured hundreds more in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris last November.
The night of bloodshed began when three suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France, which is hosting tonight’s final, and with just hours to go before tonight’s kick-off the heightened security was clearly visible.
A long line of police vans was parked alongside the main road near a metro station and officers in body armour stood outside a high fence ringing the stadium.
Meanwhile, earlier today a bomb squad blew up a ‘suspicious bag’ found some 10 yards from the French team bus.
The bomb disposal unit were called to the hotel where the French football team were staying amid fears of a security threat.
Witnesses say a ‘suspicious bag’ was spotted outside the hotel, before the area was evacuated. Roads around the hotel were also cordoned off.
In full voice: French supporters before the Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France in Saint-Denis
France’s midfielder Moussa Sissoko (left) has a strike at goal while being tracked by Portugal’s William Carvalho and Nani (right)
French striker Antoine Griezmann reacts after missing a good chance (pictured left) while midfielder Paul Pogba runs with the ball (right)
The tournament’s top scorer, French striker Antoine Griezmann, misses a chance to head his side in front and bring his tally to seven goals
Hurt: Patrice Evra brings the ball away alongside his team-mate Dimitri Payet after Ronaldo suffers an injury to his knee 25 minutes in
Ronaldo was visibly upset (pictured left) after he had to leave the pitch on a stretcher despite having had his injured knee strapped (right)
Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, an 18-year-old sensation, dribbles the ball during the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France
TEAM LINE-UPS: THE STARTING 11s FOR BOTH FRANCE AND PORTUGAL IN TONIGHT’S EURO 2016 FINAL IN PARIS
Goal scorer: Antoine Griezmann
1. Hugo Lloris
19. Bacary Sagna
22. Samuel Umtiti
21. Laurent Koscielny
3. Patrice Evra
15. Paul Pogba
14. Blaise Matuidi
18. Moussa Sissoko
7. Antoine Griezmann
8. Dimitri Payet
9. Olivier Giroud
Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo
1. Rui Patricio
21. Cedric Soares
4. Jose Fonte
5. Raphael Guerreiro
14. William Carvalho
10. Joao Mario
16. Renato Sanches
23. Adrien Silva
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
The floral-print backpack was seen on the pavement just yards from the French football team’s coach.
According to reports, there was a ‘loud bang’ outside the hotel at 5.38pm local time, which is likely to have been a controlled explosion.
Witnesses say a bomb squad officer walked up to the bag before laying a cable back to his van and blowing up the bag. Around an hour later, the road around the area was reopened.
Elsewhere, Mathias Vicherat, the Paris mayor’s chief of staff, said some 1,900 police and other security officers would patrol the 92,000-capacity fan zone in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
The city’s police chief, Michel Cadot, said 3,400 officers would patrol the Champs-Elysees, where fans are expected to mass after the match.
Supporters from both sides have descended on Paris for tonight’s crunch tie.
Jean-Paul Ausu left the palm-fringed beaches of New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, and flew 13,670 miles to be in France for the tournament. He still wasn’t sure he’d make it into the game.
A steward tries to stop a pitch invader during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France
The pitch invader is escorted away by stewards (left) after being tackled to the ground when he ran onto the Stade de France (right) field
Chance: Portugal’s goalkeeper Rui Patricio makes a save from France’s midfielder Moussa Sissoko in the first half of the Euro 2016 final
Portugal’s Adrien Silva battles it out with French midfielder Paul Pogba in the first half of the Euro 2016 final between the two countries
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal feels the pain from this challenge by Dimitri Payet of France during the UEFA Euro 2016 Final in Paris
Excitement: Tens of thousands of football fans have gathered in Paris this evening with just hours to go until kick-off in the European Championship final between hosts France and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. A French fan is pictured left and Portuguese (right)
The scene ahead of tonight’s European Championship final at the Stade de France in Paris as Portugal and hosts France go head-to-head
Focused: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (front) and France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris stand next to the Euro 2016 trophy before the match
‘We tried to find tickets but haven’t been able to find any,’ Mr Ausu said. ‘We’re trying now to see what we can do at the (French Football) Federation’s sales point, but we’re still waiting.’
Portugal fans Mickael and Anna Polo-Carvalho, had a much shorter trip to get to the match – driving a few hundred miles from their home in Switzerland – and were planning to motor back again after the match.
‘We found tickets at the very last minute. We thought, let’s drop off the kids at their grandparents and we hit the road. It all went fine,’ Ms Polo-Carvalho said.
‘When we got here, we visited the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees and we started preparing ourselves psychologically for this match. We’ll see who wins but we hope it’s Portugal. Tonight, it’s straight to the car and back at work tomorrow morning at nine.’
Long before the final, Laura Bounineau knew she would be a winner come the final whistle.
‘My dad is French, my mother Portuguese, so I’m supporting both nations and proud of it,’ she said. ‘There’s no problem: I will be happy tonight no matter what.’
The closing ceremony takes place ahead of the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris
France’s forward Kingsley Coman’s wife Sephora Coman poses for a selfie, flanked by the wife of defender Lucas Digne Tiziri Digne (left)
Tens of thousands of supporters from both sides have filled the Stade de France stadium with French fans making their country’s flag
Ahead of kick-off: France’s starting 11, including star striker Antoine Griezmann (front row, far right), pose for a photo before the match
Team spirit: Portugal are led by three times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo (back row, far right) as they huddle for a team photo
Countdown: After 50 matches and 107 goals watched by more than 2.3million spectators in 10 host cities, it all comes down to tonight’s game as both countries battle it out to lift the trophy. Portugal fans are pictured ahead of tonight’s game at the Stade de France in Paris
France supporters pose with French flags prior to the Euro 2016 final football match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris
Claire Beaudouin, wife of French defender Laurent Koscielny, waves prior to the start of the match (pictured left) and, right, a Portugal fan
Celebratory mood: Portuguese supporters came dressed to impress as they posed for pictures ahead of tonight’s Euro 2016 final in Paris
In Lisbon, churchgoers have been praying for a Portugal win.
The county has not beaten France since 1975 and are seen as outsiders for the game, despite the presence of three-times world player of the year Ronaldo in attack.
‘We don’t need a miracle, let’s just trust our national team, we are very well represented, we have the best player in the world, for me he’s the best one, Cristiano Ronaldo,’ said Pedro Barroso, one of the faithful.
‘And I believe deeply, strongly that we’ll be champions, we’ll bring the cup to Portugal.’
Some 79 percent of Portuguese people say they are Catholic.
‘The victory has to be ours,’ said Miguel Santos, remembering how Portugal lost the final to Greece when they were hosts and favourites 12 years ago.
‘Twelve years later, after we let it go that time… This year is ours.’
Thousands of people were expected to watch the game at the fan zone in the Praca do Comercio although there was little sign of the excitement to come as a group of young boys kicked a ball around the empty square.
Getting ready: Fans with French flags painted onto their faces gather outside the stadium ahead of the game between Portugal and France
Earlier today supporters from both sides began mingling peacefully outside the stadium amid tight security in a city still on high terror alert
Party atmosphere: Portugal supporters wave smoke flares as they arrive at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis prior to the Euro 2016 final
Snazzy sunglasses: Portugal and France both recorded 2-0 victories to reach the final two, against Wales and Germany respectively, and it is sure to be a mammoth clash in the French capital. A French fan is pictured left and a Portuguese supporter right
Countdown is on: In the way of the favourites France stands Ronaldo and his team-mates, who will be hoping to silence the Stade de France (pictured) and indeed the entire French nation by becoming Euro 2016 champions
Portugal have not beaten France since 1975 and are seen as outsiders for the game, despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in attack
Having fun: A France supporter cheers as he arrives at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (left), while a Portuguese fan is pictured right
Two French fans share a kiss as they gear up for tonight’s game between the host nation and Portugal at the Stade de France in Paris
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