Euro 2016 Final: Portugal v France [Review]


Tonight saw the final of Euro 2016 with hosts France facing off against Portugal in Paris's Stade de France. Ahead of the game France were the obvious favourites yet Portugal had put in the performances to be considered strong underdogs. 

The game started with a cautious first half in which France dominated possession and Portugal lost their main man Ronaldo due to injury, courtesy of a tough tackle from West Ham's Dimitri Payet. After a devastated Ronaldo was carried off the pitch you would think France would take full advantage of the situation but instead they showed a lack of cutting-edge in the final third. 

As the 2nd half progressed the attacking trio of Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Payet could still not find the goal they needed with Portugal's defence remaining resilient and well-organised. In the 57th minute France manager Didier Deschamps decided to bring on Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman as the hosts continued to search for that golden opportunity.

The game continued in this manner and eventually went to extra time. Things changed in the 18th minute of ET when from almost nowhere, Portuguese sub Eder slotted the ball in the left hand of the net from outside the box. France reacted by bringing on Manchester United's Martial but it was a sub 10 minutes too late. Portugal managed to wind down the remaining time and went on to claim their first ever trophy at an international tournament.

It was a disappointing performance from France but you have to give credit and respect to Portgual for not giving up especially when considering they had to win this final without Ronaldo.