In a match seemingly destined for penalties, Portugal sealed their first major trophy in extra-time courtesy of a goal from substitute striker and Swansea City flop Eder, who ironically now plays his club football in France with Lille. Martial came on only after Portugal had scored, and it looked like Deschamps was being far too cautious. The Portugal keeper made seven key saves to repel France's attack.
Yeah, it's mostly just another way of saying this match was very boring. They had also won their last 10 matches against Portugal . Wales, in the semifinals, was the only team the Portuguese beat inside of 90 minutes. Much of the pre-match discussion was dominated by Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo - arguably the two most important players for both sides.
Even though France had won their last 10 contests against Portugal, and even though Cristiano Ronaldo left the game, they believed in themselves, and rode their defense all the way to a win. Olivier Giroud, who had lived off scraps for most of the match, was thwarted by a good low stop from Patricio after turning into space in the area, but Portugal nearly snatched the lead when Nani's cross was clawed away from goal by Lloris before Quaresma's overhead kick went straight into his grasp.
Portugal will be looking to keep up their defensive resilience against a technically-gifted French side, and with the counter-attacking potential they have at their disposal, Santos will be looking at his forward players to hurt the hosts with efficiency in front of goal.
With 11 minutes of the extra period to play, the killer goal arrived as Eder held off Laurent Koscielny and drove a crisp shot into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards. Twelve years after losing 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, Portugal inflicted the same fate on France , who were seeking a cathartic victory eight months on from the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.
In a huge defensive boost before the game, Ronaldo's Real Madrid team-mate, Pepe, has been passed fit to play in the final after missing the semi-final against Wales, according to Sky Sports . 17 mins: Ronaldo goes down again. Nani, Portugal's captain in Ronaldo's absence, had his side's best chance of the half, blazing over when put through by a diagonal ball from the back.