Euro 2016 Final Live: Portugal Beats France On Eder’s Goal, Wins European Championship


Final, 1-0 Portugal: The referee blows the final whistle. Portugal is the European champion in 2016.

The final whistle goes. Portugal are #EURO2016 champions! pic.twitter.com/c9OZVRlSu0

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

One, two, three, WE’RE #EURO2016 CHAMPIONS #POR pic.twitter.com/9WVDp5orgp

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Portugal celebrates its first-ever major title on a night of high drama on the outskirts of Paris. The tension reached fever pitch early on, starting with Ronaldo’s injury, and continued through a lively, albeit fruitless, second half and beyond. Eder’s unlikely heroics finally ended the deadlock in extra time, and France lacked the energy, guile and quality to solve the puzzle that was Portugal’s determined defense.

RONALDO 🇵🇹 AND #POR ARE #EURO2016 CHAMPIONS #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ez0qdRS5TM

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

1 – After 35 games at the European Championships, #POR have finally won their first EUROs. Congratulations. pic.twitter.com/agMpSL6wse

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2016

Congratulations, @selecaoportugal#EURO2016 winners! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/YLLCxuufCC

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

France is stunned, having come so close to victory via Gigac’s shot off the post near the end of normal time. Les Bleus out-possessed, out-passed and out-shot Portugal but still found themselves on the losing end of a tight result.

#PORFRA – France’s first shot attempt of extra time came in the 120th minute. FULL STATS: pic.twitter.com/8GFqtfsEMo

— STATS Football (@STATS_Football) July 10, 2016

This is France’s first loss in a major tournament game at home (16-0-2) since EURO 1960. pic.twitter.com/UpnnWbMyQ3

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 10, 2016

Portugal has book-ended one the lowest points in its history by reversing the result from 12 years ago.

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Postgame analysis of the Euro 2016 final >>

120th minute, 1-0 Portugal: The referee shows Patricio a yellow card for time wasting.

120th minute, 1-0 Portugal: There will be two minutes of added time in the second half of extra time.

118th minute, 1-0 Portugal: Rafael is struggling with an injury. It looks like he can’t continue.

Oh wait. Ronaldo urges him back into the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have been appointed Portugal manager in the last five minutes.

— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 10, 2016

115th minute, 1-0 Portugal: The referee shows Pogba a yellow card.

112th minute, 1-0 Portugal: France is throwing players forward, but Portugal’s defenders and Patricio repel the hosts’ best efforts.

110th minute, 1-0 Portugal: France makes its final substitution. Antony Martial replaces Sissoko.

109th minute, 1-0 Portugal: Eder scores, and Portugal leads with just a few minutes remaining in extra time.

The sweetest of connections. How did you celebrate, #POR fans?#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ZmHyQJe9KJ

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

The moment Eder knew he had found the net ⚽#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/EQb6tvDy2i

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

The celebrations! #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/1HqhQcT7lx

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Eder held off Koscielny and shot from 25 yards out. Lloris dove in vain, but it rolled inside the post.

Power and precision did it for #POR goal scoring hero Eder pic.twitter.com/oVqmsiStOQ

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

THIS CLOSE #Euro2016Final #FRA #POR pic.twitter.com/HssJxu5nFK

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

GOAL #POR! EDER SCORES IN THE SECOND HALF OF EXTRA TIME. THE #EURO2016 IS ALMOST THEIRS! pic.twitter.com/9A9Yc25R0w

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Eder’s fourth goal for Portugal is his biggest yet.

Éder’s 109th minute goal for #POR is the 2nd-latest goal in a EURO Final pic.twitter.com/gTtfeSNxwF

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2016

108th minute, 0-0: Raphael hits the crossbar with a free kick. Now the post denies Portugal of a likely game-winner.

106th minute, 0-0: Matuidi appears to boot Moutinho in the face, but the referee declines to show the France midfielder his second yellow card.

105th minute, 0-0: The first half of extra time ends. It’s still goal-less.

Portugal had the best chance of the period, but Lloris’ cat-like reflexes have kept the game goalless.

1 – There was only one shot in the first half of ET between #POR and #FRA (Eder). Silent.

— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 10, 2016

104th minute, 0-0: Eder heads Quaresman’s corner kick on goal, but Lloris makes a terrific reflex save.

103th minute, 0-0: The teams have exchanged corner kicks and crosses in this first period of extra time, but quality has been sorely lacking.

98th minute, 0-0: Carvalho receives a yellow card for tripping Coman.

Tired legs and minds are taking over, as the referee cautions three players in quick succession.

97th minute, 0-0: Blaise Matuidi receives a yellow card for crashing into Eder, instead of challenging for the ball in the air.

Oooooof.

What goes up… https://t.co/6FesiNvLfe #PORFRA #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/1Mfrz8vmJ0

— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 10, 2016

95th minute, 0-0: Guerreiro receives a yellow card.

95th minute, 0-0: Pepe heads Quaresma’s free kick narrowly wide. It wouldn’t have counted, as Pepe was offside.

91st minute, 0-0: The first half of extra time is under way.

Ronaldo was back to motivate the troops during the break.#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/XVAZgjOQLb

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Past trends meet their present counterparts.

#FRA: has never lost an extra time match at EURO (3 wins, 2 draws)#POR: 1st team to play 3 extra-time matches at a single EURO.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2016

3 – #FRA ‘s last three finals in major tournaments have gone to extra-time (2000, 2006 & 2016). Suspense.

— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 10, 2016

End of normal time, 0-0: The Euro 2016 final heads to extra time.

The #EURO2016 final is going to extra time!#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/iBTzLvuugS

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

This is the first time a Euro final has ended goalless after 90 minutes and the first final to reach extra time since 2000.

0-0 – This is the sixth EURO final to go to extra time but the first to end goalless after 90 minutes. Extended.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2016

France won that year on a golden goal.

Spotted! The man who scored the last extra-time winner in a EURO final.#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/TIHLYJ6T7R

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

This time there will be two, 15-minute periods of extra time.

Les Bleus might be disappointed having not won this game in normal time. France had more possession and better goal-scoring chances and have nothing to show for it. Portugal did next to nothing without Ronaldo’s services.

#PORFRA – Portugal managed just one shot on target, but the #Euro2016Final is headed to extra time. STATS: pic.twitter.com/VjmoOVJmKG

— STATS Football (@STATS_Football) July 10, 2016

90th minute +2, 0-0: Gignac hits the post from a tight angle. Portugal narrowly avoids further heartbreak.

#FRA GIGNAC OFF THE POST IN ADDED TIME! SOMEONE GET ME AN ASPRIN #FRAPOR #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/ZjeSSJchA7

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Just that type of day. #Euro2016. https://t.co/dTWJrn82hJ

— Sports on Earth (@SportsonEarth) July 10, 2016

Gignac 😱#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ZXdXObbE3S

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

This was the reaction in the Paris Fan Zone when Gignac hit the post. So close! #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/v6txhPs9Ts

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

90th minute, 0-0: There will be three minutes of added time in the second half.

84th minute, 0-0: Patricio saves Sissoko’s powerful shot from 25 yards out. Great shot, better stop.

Someone pay Moussa Sissoko. Goodness gracious he nearly won it for #FRA with this ultra light beam pic.twitter.com/yMTQPX6H5N

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Rui Patrício is one flexible man. Sissoko really must’ve thought he’d won it with that strike #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/TS3aipPq2F

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Hands up if you’re starring in the #EURO2016 final 🙌#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/6kD861DVXk

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

81st minute, 0-0: Portugal is going for goal now, as Nani shoots wide from 25 yards out.

80th minute, 0-0: Lloris swats Nani’s cross into his goal-mouth. The rebound reaches Quaresma, who acrobatically volleys it on target. Lloris is well-positioned and saves Quaresma’s effort.

#EURO2016 #PORFRA
Quaresma l’acrobate!#POR pic.twitter.com/Mex4KVWUca

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@EURO2016) July 10, 2016

Lloris playing his part as well 👏👏#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/D7LSBQQw0i

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

79th minute, 0-0: Portugal makes its final substitution. Sanches exits. Eder enters.

78th minute, 0-0: France makes another change in the attacking department, as Andre-Pierre Gignac replaces Giroud.

76th minute, 0-0: Hugo Lloris has been a virtual spectator since Nani bore down on him early in the first half.

#POR haven’t had a single shot on target all game.

What happens when Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t playing. pic.twitter.com/Zx3KwHoLQ7

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 10, 2016

75th minute, 0-0: Coman finds Giroud inside Portugal’s penalty area, but Patricio saves the France striker’s shot.

72nd minute, 0-0: Griezmann’s corner kick floats into a dangerous area, but Evra can’t redirect it on goal.

67th minute, 0-0: Coman shoots wide, as France maintains its attacking intent.

66th minute, 0-0: Portugal makes its second substitution, replacing Adrian Silva with Joao Moutinho.

66th minute, 0-0: Griezmann’s glancing header misses over the crossbar by inches. Coman created the chance for his France teammate.

UGH, SO CLOSE FROM #FRA ANTOINE GRIEZMANN pic.twitter.com/oVUQ7gfkoq

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

62nd minute, 0-0: Mario receives a yellow card for tripping Giroud and preventing a counter-attack.

60th minute, 0-0: We thought one of the teams would have scored by now.

59 – This is the first Euro finals without a goal in the first 59 minutes (previous latest: Berger in 1996, 58:33). Cautious.

— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 10, 2016

58th minute, 0-0: Koman slips a pass onto Griezmann’s run. The Euro 2016 top scorer shoots on goal, but his effort lacks the pace and accuracy necessary to beat Patricio.

58th minute, 0-0: France makes its first substitution, replacing Payet with Kingsley Coman.

20y 27d – Kingsley Coman is the youngest #FRA player to appear in a EURO Final (20 years and 27 days) and 5th youngest overall. Prospect.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2016

56th minute, 0-0: Samuel Umtiti clears Joao Mario’s dangerous cross out for a corner kick.

54th minute, 0-0: Paul Pogba has had an understated final so far. The France midfielder fires his first shot off target.

50th minute, 0-0: The teams have started the second half on equal footing, with the game largely stuck in the middle third of the field.

The teams’ attacks have lacked the sharpness, invention and final ball required to create genuine chances so far.

46th minute, 0-0: The second half is under way.

France has taken its time to score goals throughout Euro 2016? Will its late-scoring ways continue in the final?

85% – 11 of #FRA’s 13 goals at #EURO2016 have been scored from the 42nd minute onwards. Hope.

— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 10, 2016

#PORFRA – France have scored in the second half of 5 of their first 6 matches at #EURO2016 (SUI).

— STATS Football (@STATS_Football) July 10, 2016

Halftime, 0-0: The referee ends the first half. It’s goalless at the Stade de France.

Defences on top at the break. Who’ll break the deadlock?#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/sSuE3ARJZn

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Ronaldo’s tragic injury is the only thing that could overshadow the first half of a major international final, but there you have it. The Portugal superstar suffered a knee injury in the eighth minute, tried to play on but departed the game after 25 minutes. His tears drew sympathy, and jokes (of course), from all corners of the Internet and soccer world.

Here’s how Ronaldo injured his knee and got stretchered off before halftime: pic.twitter.com/6vMEceFsQb

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it’s nothing too bad 🙏🏼

— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 10, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo getting stretched off to titanic sounds all the more sad! #FRAPOR #R1commentary 🙌🏻⚽️ pic.twitter.com/gh8s1kdVXB

— Titanic Goals (@TitanicGoals) July 10, 2016

Meanwhile, the teams played an opening period in which France was dominant but failed to overrun Portugal. Sissoko and Griezmann had France’s best chances, but Patricio’s fine form has prevented the hosts from taking the lead.

Portugal must adjust in the second half or risk France earning its rewards for the advantage it has built on balance of play.

45th minute, 0-0: There will be two minutes of added time in the first half.

39th minute, 0-0: Olivier Giroud tries to head Payet’s cross on goal, but a defender disrupts him. The ball flies harmlessly into Patricio’s hands.

38th minute, 0-0: Portugal gains a temporary respite from France’s pressure, as Raphael Guerreiro’s shot deflects out for a corner kick.

34th minute, 0-0: The referee shows Cedric a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Payet.

34th minute, 0-0: Patricio makes another fine save. This time the Portugal goalkeeper denies Sissoko’s powerful shot from a tight angle.

DENIED! #POR pic.twitter.com/Yzxn5Af8Tt

— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) July 10, 2016

30th minute, 0-0: The show must go on without Ronaldo.

France continues to press for the opening goal, but a deep-lying defense blocks Sissoko’s attempted cross out for a corner kick.

Moussa Sissoko is a runaway train 🚅 🇫🇷 #FRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/m0UcFXtLGH

— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) July 10, 2016

25th minute, 0-0: Ricardo Quaresma replaces Ronaldo, whom the stretcher-bearers bring into the tunnel for further treatment and tests.

Cristiano Ronaldo quitte la pelouse sur civière, en pleine finale d’#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/yFNZDFYUu7

— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) July 10, 2016

Sai @Cristiano . Força, Capitão! #Euro2016 #POR #PORFRA #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/t5D3YqVQkD

— selecaoportugal (@selecaoportugal) July 10, 2016

2 – @07RQuaresma is the only player to have scored and made an assist as a substitute at the #EURO2016. Impact ?

— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 10, 2016

23rd minute, 0-0: Ronaldo has thrown his captain’s arm-band to the ground and sat down next to it.

Unfortunately, that’s it for Cristiano Ronaldo tonight. #POR pic.twitter.com/N2klgWGwiL

— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) July 10, 2016

The referee signals for the stretchers.

No hay derecho pic.twitter.com/0lFpHi6OuJ

— Josep Pedrerol (@jpedrerol) July 10, 2016

Head coach Fernando Santos must replace Portugal’s captain, talisman and all-time leading goal-scorer. We’re struggling to describe the scale of Ronaldo’s heart-break right now.

A sad sight for #POR fans and Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/GPCTkpW3dy

— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 10, 2016

22nd minute, 0-0: Moussa Sissoko dribbles 30 yards toward Portugal’s goal and fires a shot on target. Patricio saves it out for a corner kick.

Sissoko bursts through the Portugal ranks – not for the first time 🔥#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ULm70BO2SF

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

20th minute, 0-0: Ronaldo returns to the game. He appears to be hobbling, but it doesn’t take a genius to know how badly he wants to play in this final.

18th minute, 0-0: Portugal trainers are escorting Ronaldo to the sidelines. We don’t think he can continue.

17th minute, 0-0: Ronaldo is back down on the ground. His Euro 2016 final might just end in tears.

Tears from an injured Cristiano Ronaldo… #PORFRA #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/yffgN01SPG

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 10, 2016

13th minute, 0-0: France has been the better side in the first quarter-hour but haven’t been able to translate its advantages into goals.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is moving gingerly following the knock he took on his knee.

10th minute, 0-0: Giroud heads the corner kick on goal, but it’s too close to Patricio, who gathers it.

Portugal escape unscathed after a pair of promising France goal-scoring chances.

10th minute, 0-0: Griezmann heads Payet’s delicate cross on goal, but Patricio makes a fine save.

The art of goalkeeping
by Rui Patrício 👏👏👏#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/RTPUgyCs2R

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

When you’re denied by a fabulous save…#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/zsMgnwN0x5

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Ninth minute, 0-0: Ronaldo is back on his feet and ready to re-enter the game. There’s no way he’d limp out of a contest of this magnitude … unless he has to.

Eighth minute, 0-0: Ronaldo is down in apparent pain following a collision with Dimitri Payet.

Cristiano Ronaldo collapses to the ground in tears. #POR pic.twitter.com/PEbCzpOE6r

— Complex Sports (@Complex_Sports) July 10, 2016

Seventh minute, 0-0: Griezmann finds space inside Portugal’s penalty area but shoots wide of Rui Patricio’s goal.

France is causing Portugal discomfort by attacking and defending aggressively.

Fourth minute, 0-0: Nani runs onto a pass over the top of France’s back line but shoots over the goal in the game’s first scoring attempt.

Nani lashes an early shot over after finding space between the #FRA centre-backs. #EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/StfSpa1eFp

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Third minute, 0-0: France has most of the early possession and uses it to pressure Portugal early on.

Kickoff: The Portugal-France Euro 2016 final is under way.

History suggests France is the favorite.

1 – #FRA were the last host nation to win (1984), while #POR were the last host nation to lose a EURO final (2004). Destined. #EURO2016

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2016

10 – #FRA have won their last 10 games vs #POR and have won the previous 3 in a major tournament. Tradition. #FRAPOR

— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) July 10, 2016

5 – #POR have lost all five of their previous games in EURO/WC against the host nation. Fearful.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 10, 2016

Pregame: France coach Didier Deschamps selects the same starting lineup he used in the quarterfinal win over Iceland and the semifinal victory over Germany. Having demonstrated attacking potency against Iceland and defensive resilience against Germany, France must deliver a complete and balanced performance to win the final.

Portugal’s William Carvalho and Pepe return to the starting lineup after missing the semifinal win over Wales due to suspension and injury, respectively.

Keep an eye on Portugal’s Renato Sanches. The teenage midfielder makes history by appearing in this final. Time will tell whether the occasion overwhelms him or he meets the challenge head on.

18 – Renato Sanches (18y 326d) will be the youngest player ever to play in Euros final. Generations. pic.twitter.com/Akxsxk2FRL

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) July 10, 2016

18-year-old Renato Sanches will be the youngest player to appear in a EURO final.

Previous youngest: 19-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo in 2004.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 10, 2016

Sanches undoubtedly is Portugal’s next big thing, but Ronaldo remains front and center as his country’s captain and talisman.

12 – Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to start in a 2nd Euros final more than four years after his first (12 – 2004 & 2016). Longevity.

— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 10, 2016

Portugal has reached the final, despite only winning one of six Euro 2016 games in normal time. Portugal has steadily grown throughout the tournament but has yet to peak. There’s no time like the present for Portugal to play to its potential and show the world how good it can be.

16 – #POR or #FRA? Who will win the #EURO2016? Final. #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/ixC7s7QMpR

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) July 10, 2016

2:30 p.m. ET: Here are the starting lineups:

The teams are in! William Carvalho and Pepe are back for #POR, while #FRA are unchanged. #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/DCuF7n9FLs

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Portugal

Pepe and W. Carvalho return for #POR#EURO2016 https://t.co/xlXydyFf59 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/774EmsEZIA

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Somos 11, somos milhões. Vamos! #Euro2016 #POR #PORFRA #Euro2016Final pic.twitter.com/iAWhsplVgU

— selecaoportugal (@selecaoportugal) July 10, 2016

France

#FRA unchanged for the #EURO2016 final#EURO2016 https://t.co/xlXydyFf59#PORFRA pic.twitter.com/z5P7ZAQneN

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Et voici la compo des Bleus pour cette finale de l’ #Euro2016 👊 #FiersdetreBleus #FRAPOR Coup d’envoi 21h! pic.twitter.com/w07e3ge9D0

— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) July 10, 2016

2 p.m. ET: Only Portugal can prevent France from partying like it’s 1998.

The countries’ national soccer teams meet in the final of the 2016 UEFA European Championship on Sunday at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a suburb of Paris toward which the soccer world now directs its undivided attention. The Portugal-France winner completes years of work toward the goal of assuming the throne of European soccer, while the loser must accept the pain of coming within minutes of glory only to fall at the last step.

France’s biggest soccer triumphs have come on home soil, with the country prevailing in both Euro 1984 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Beating Portugal will elevate the current “Bleus” into the mythical status of their conquering forefathers and advance France’s process of healing from the traumas of recent terror attacks and longstanding social divisions.

The Euro 2016 final also offers Portugal a chance to win its first Euro or World Cup title. Cristiano Ronaldo headlines Portugal’s golden generation of players, who reached the final of Euro 2004 as well as the semifinals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012. Portugal lost each of those important games. Is now the time for Ronaldo to lead his country to victory and add a fresh chapter to his own legend? The million-plus France residents of Portuguese descent likely are pulling for him to do so.

34 – #POR have played the most games in the history of the European Championships without ever winning the tournament. Curse.

— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 10, 2016

Many of the players on display played key roles in their clubs’ pursuit of domestic titles and the 2016 UEFA Champions League title less than two months ago. Chief among them are Portugal’s Ronaldo and France’s Antoine Griezmann, who look to fire their national teams to the title, just as they did for clubs Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, respectively, in early June in the Champions League final. Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid on penalty kicks in that game.

Having already scored a tournament-high six goals, Griezmann is the odds-on favorite to claim Golden Boot honors, but the France forward undoubtedly eyes the biggest prize. Griezmann must first knock Ronaldo off his perch.

6 – @AntoGriezmann scored twice as many goals as @Cristiano in #EURO2016 firing 21 shots less. Duel. #PORFRA #Final pic.twitter.com/nUpbDxetnu

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) July 10, 2016

Portugal-France kicks off at 3 p.m. ET. Join us right here for all the action from the Stade de France.

The trophy at the Stade de France. Who are you backing to win tonight? #PORFRA #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/lamLvUhEXT

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 10, 2016

Stade de France basking in the Paris sunshine 🔆#EURO2016 #PORFRA pic.twitter.com/mWIKITV8g8

— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) July 9, 2016

Thumbnail photo via YouTube/UEFA.tv

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