One year to the day: Portugal win EURO 2016

It's a year to the day since Portugal won UEFA EURO 2016, since Cristiano Ronaldo's tears, Éder's winner, Portuguese joy and French despair. UEFA.com looks back at that dramatic night in Paris.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the UEFA EURO 2016 trophy
Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the UEFA EURO 2016 trophy ©Getty Images

It's a year to the day since Portugal won UEFA EURO 2016 – UEFA.com looks back at that dramatic night in Paris.

The following is an extract taken from the UEFA.com match report written from Stade de France …

Portugal are UEFA EURO 2016 champions. The team that drew all three of their group games – that won only once inside 90 minutes all tournament – beat hosts France after extra time at Saint-Denis to get their hands on their first major trophy.

Watch highlights of the UEFA EURO 2016 final
Watch highlights of the UEFA EURO 2016 final

They did it without the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo, too, their captain forced off early in the first half through injury. Fernando Santos's side clung on at times but, with Ronaldo orchestrating things from the technical area as much as their coach by the end, they eventually provided the one moment of magic required. Éder's fizzing 20-metre strike in the second half of extra time was just too good.

Post-match reaction

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal captain
I'm so happy. This is something I have wanted for a long time now, ever since 2004. The Portuguese people deserve this, our players deserve this. This is one of the happiest moments of my career.

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Éder, Portugal match winner
It was an amazing moment. We fought with immense strength, we were amazing. I think we deserve this title due to the work all the players and staff put in. [Ronaldo] told me I would score the winner. He gave me strength and positive energy.

Watch every goal scored at UEFA EURO 2016
Watch every goal scored at UEFA EURO 2016

Fernando Santos, Portugal coach
The players have always believed me when I told them we could win this. Wherever we've gone there have always been Portuguese fans. This lifted our souls. It's hard to describe the players' emotions – it's incredible.

Didier Deschamps, France coach
We threw away a great chance to be European champions. Of course the overriding emotion is huge disappointment. It's cruel to lose the final like that.

UEFA.com Portugal team reporter Joe Walker
I'm quite frankly speechless. Portugal have won this against all the odds. All this after three draws in the group stage. Tonight they were not pretty but they were mighty effective. Fair play to Fernando Santos for seeing they needed something up top and for gambling on Éder. The forward was brilliant after coming off the bench and the game's standout moment belonged to him.

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What the media said

Record, Portugal
We are European champions! The conquest of our first title ever was achieved in the home of the host team with a goal scored by Éder with 109 minutes gone and with Cristiano Ronaldo out of play since the 25th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo on an 'incredible' night
Cristiano Ronaldo on an 'incredible' night

Jornal de Noticias, Portugal
The greatest moment in the history of Portuguese football was written with a plot  that not even the most original of screenwriters could imagine, much less write. France had a bus ready to party with the word 'champions', the Eiffel Tower promised to turn blue, but it was black as night, black as the Gauls' hearts.

L'Équipe, France
Devastated. This morning, France wakes up with a feeling of wasted chances. Portugal were a team within reach, less strong than Germany, but in football it's not always the best team that wins.

What's happened since

Portugal are second in their World Cup qualifying group having picked up 15 points from six games. They lost to Chile on penalties in the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup last month.

Ronaldo is joint-top scorer in the European Qualifiers with 11 goals. He is now in joint-second place in the list of Europe's all-time leading marksmen with 75 goals, nine adrift of Ferenc Puskás. The Real Madrid man passed 100 UEFA Champions League goals during the 2016/17 campaign.

Éder's first competitive game after the final was a UEFA Europa League third qualifying round fixture for Lille away to Gabala. He has made four Portugal appearances without scoring since the Paris showpiece.