The match was supposed to be a poetic victory for France, 8 months after a terrorist attack left Paris and France grieving but an opportunistic Portugal were having none of it.
Forgotten Swansea striker Eder, who was sent on as a gamble by Fernando Santos, delivered the title for his country with a stunning low strike from distance in the 109th minute.
After 90 minutes could not separate both countries, the extra time went along the same script. Portugal were on the backfoot but trying to counter attack in case they got an opportunity. The best chances did fall for Portugal. Eder’s header from a corner was barely kept out by Hugo Lloris just before the 105′.
Raphael Guerreiro’s free kick came off the bar after a controversial handball decision in the 107th minute. But 2 minutes later, Eder received a pass from Moutinho, held off the defenders and struck a sweet strike past Lloris into the bottom corner to send the stands into delirium.
A shocked France could not muster an equaliser as Cristiano Ronaldo’s anguish made way for unbridled joy.
Portugal did not play beautiful football, nor did they dominate their opponents throughout the tournament. But they fought, came together as a team and fought harder to land their first ever major trophy