Young Portugal fan consoles a crying France fan after Euro 2016 final

Portugal did just that, finishing third in their group and going on to win the tournament with a 1-0 victory in extra time over hosts France in Sunday's final.

France may have dominated possession, but I think it was just a game too far for them.

"I've always said I wanted to win a trophy with the national team and make history".

"We put a lot of energy into the Germany match, but we could have had a bit more freshness".

Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who finished Euro 2016 with the Golden Boot as the competition's top scorer, said after the final he believed Ronaldo had already sewn the award up.

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Overall, despite losing the final, this tournament must be classed as a success for France.

Although Griezmann narrowly missed scoring on one of France's most promising chances against Portugal, his goal production throughout the tournament was astounding - particularly in knockout games.

"We are very proud to have seen two Nike teams playing the European final in Paris, and we congratulate Portugal for its achievement", said Bert Hoyt, VP & GM of Nike Western Europe, in a statement.

Eder picked the ideal moment to score his first competitive goal for his country, marauding forward before letting fly with a bullet shot from 25 meters in the 109th minute. Of course, the overriding emotion is huge disappointment. "Unfortunately, things didn't go well for me".

That, in turn, would have helped us be more clinical. "We represented Portugal, a lovely country of immigrants, and we represent every one of them". Explaining his decision to inject Eder into the fray from the bench, the Portuguese coach said: "I had thought that, depending on how the game was, he could be very important from the very start". We were lacking some accuracy at the last moment. "It's very hard, it's cruel but we have to accept it, and we'll have to digest this, all of us".

  • Michael Mitchell