Portugal overcame the early loss of star man Cristiano Ronaldo to stun France and secure their first major international trophy courtesy of a 1-0 extra-time win in a dour Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France.

Former Swansea striker, Eder, who struggled to make an impact in the Premier League last season, was the unlikely hero as he jinked in from the left and drilled a 25-yard effort into the corner on 109 minutes.

Fernando Santos’ men were cast as underdogs from the start but saw their task grow even tougher when their talisman, Ronaldo was injured after just eight minutes following a clash with West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.

The Real Madrid forward tried to carry on but was eventually replaced midway through the half, leaving many convinced France would go on to easily clinch a record-equalling third European title.

But Portugal held firm with goalkeeper Rui Patricio producing a series of fine stops to thwart the likes of tournament topscorer, Antoine Griezmann and the impressive, Moussa Sissoko.

France substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac thought he had won it when he hit the post at the end of normal time, but it was a player from the A Selecao bench who proved to be the matchwinner as Portugal finally put to bed their reputation as nearly men, banishing the demons of their final defeat 12 years previously.

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