PORTUGAL WIN THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The 15th UEFA European Championship 2016 which is simply referred as the Euro 2016 which was held in France and the tournament ended up with an amazing win of Portugal against the France with their first European champion title and finally the big name Cristiano Ronaldo is becomes the European champion. The Substitute player Eder’ thunderous the finish line into the extra time and secured the Portugal’s first title as the European Championship after the early injury of the Cristiano Ronaldo to snatch the 1-0 victory against the hosts France on Sunday night.
It was the cruel blow for the home team who lead and dominated the match from the referrer’s call and misspent a number of chances created by their midfielders in front of their devastated home crowed who arrived in huge numbers at the State de France with the hope that to celebrate the 3rd European crown. The substitute Eder picks the right angle to score the most competitive goal for his team and country with a bullet shot from the 25 meter distance in the 109th minute of the game.
It’s over now, Portugal win the European Championship and such a contrasting emotions shown by the both sides “tears from both sides” but sure it flowing for different reasons. The Portugal’s injured caption Cristiano Ronaldo sadness has turned into joy while many of the French faces looks inconsolable as they sit depressed and miserable on the turf.
For the French team and their supporters; you do everything what you can do, but it doesn’t look as it was tough and enough to be awarded with the crown. The host’s players throwing everything forward but the Portugal defence is much stronger than their attempts specially the Portugal goalkeeper Rou Patricio who actually secure the title for his country as he was criticized before the start of the championship. He blasted his critics and said that “Tournaments are won on the last day, not on the first day”.
France’s story to the Final
The French team came into the tournament as one of the favourite team to lift European championship. France finished at top in the Group stage ahead of Switzerland with two wins and one draw in their 3 group matches. They start the tournament with a win against the Romania and beat them with 2-1. They beat the Albania with 2-0 in their second group match and they draw a 0-0 against the Switzerland in their last match of the group. They got enough point to set up the clash with the team who place third in the group stage.
In the round of 16 they meet with the Republic of Ireland who gives tough time to the home side but ultimately the French team win with 2-1 and reached into the quarter final. In quarter final they compete with the Iceland and with the brace Antoine Griezmann who gives the surprise package and they beat Iceland with a margin of 5-2. The French team struggle towards the title has increased more as they compete the Germany in the semi final and beat the world champion with 2-0 in their last match. Surely the French team deserve their place in the championship final but unfortunately they couldn’t ended-up to accomplish their dreams.
What about Portugal?
On the other hand, Fernando Santos side have not find the championship plain-sailing though they are unbeaten in their group stage and deserve for their place in the championship final. Portugal team finished third in the group stage but they qualify for the round of 16 by the virtue of the new format of the tournament. In their first group match with Iceland they ended the match with the 1-1 draw. In all 3 group matches they finished with a draw result against with 0-0 against the Austria and 3-3 against Hungary and only manage to get 3 points; enough to stay at the third place and qualify for the round of 16.
In the knockout stage as they stepped up a little and they beat the Croatia with 1-0; a single goal which was scored just before the 3 minutes of end of second extra half time. In the quarter final they played a tied match against the Poland as both team finished 1-1 even in the extra time. The penalties shootout decides who is the winner according to the rules of the tournament and finally the Portugal won with 5-3 on the penalties shootout. Against the Wales in the semi final match finally the Ronaldo turned up and scores a goal for his team and helps his team to reach in the Euro 2016 final with 2-0 win.
Security is tight in the French capital as there is a security threat and the high police presence during the entire tournament as because of the terrorist attack in city in November 2015 which lay down the security issues about the championship occurrence. There are 6800 police officers were on duty and around the stadium during the match and almost 1300 police officer were at the game and more than seven hundreds are posted on the public transports networks. Meanwhile there are thousands of security guards, stewards; soldiers are around the city to keep the city and supporters safe.
All the security concerns are measured but who could stop the moths to entering them in the stadium. Surely they are not invited and not welcome but they want to be the part of the amazing crowed who witnessed the final match. The referee Mark Clattenburg and the French coach Didier Deschamps show a little frustration before the start of the final match. The swarm of moths sleeping on the nets of the goal before the start of game; the groundsman hopes that surely they will not interrupt the game and cause any problem.
Big Names Ronaldo’s family are in the Crowd
There are some big names who were spotted in the crowed and witnessed the amazing final match. The French President Francois Hollande becomes at the stadium to support his team just before the start of the final match. The former two Manchester United managers Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes are also witnessed the match. The football star Cristiano Ronaldo’s family are also in the stadium; his mother and his son both have been spotted in the stadium during the match.
The fans are ready and the State de France which is the national stadium of France and has the capacity of 81,338 individuals and the 6th largest stadium in all over Europe. The national stadium is filling up just under the 40 minutes before the kick-off. Honestly we can’t highlight how big this match for the both countries and their people as there is lot of stress and pressure on both of the team players.
Road to be a Crown
All the things are set and the match starts, the first fifteen minutes of match truly goes against the Portugal the French star and the tournament top goal scorer Antoine Griezmann hits a looping header which was saved by the Rui Patricio with an athletic diving. Despites the French players forward early the Portuguese star Nani had hit the serious shot on the goal just after the fourth minute of the start of the game which is long passed by the Cedris Soares but it fringe over the goal keeper. But after that the French team is all over there.
At the mid of the first half Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the match and were taken out of field on the stretcher in the 25th minutes of game and he left the pitch in the tears at the national stadium of France State de France. Ronaldo clash with a opponent player and screaming pain and clutching his left knee. The medical staff of Portugal’s team bandaged their leader’s knee and he returned to the game, but he was unable to continue and leave the game just after few minutes. The first half of the game was ended at 0-0.
The second half start and the host France continues to dominant the game and striving hard for their first goal in the final match but Portugal team even without their injured captain Ronaldo, simultaneously looking dangerous and continues to counterattack. The French team has failed to scale the serious challenge the Portuguese goal keeper Rui Patricio existence in front of the goal when the Paul Pogba’s hits from long range and the Antoine Griezmann shot from the near which is massive saved by the Portuguese goalkeeper.
The French team has clearly missed two squandered chances in second half of championship final and the match is locked 0-0 at end of the second half. Antoine Griezmann, tournament top scorer clearly misses the chance to score the goal in the 66th minute of the game when he beats the defender Raphael Guerreiro in the penalty area and cross from another defender Kingsley Coman but could not finish the line.
In the extra time the Portugal coach entered the substitute Eder who finally broken the deadlock and score the goal for his team in the 109th minute of the game and lead his to win the final with 1-0 against the France and let hit team and country to become the first time champion of UEFA Euro Cup. The caption of the Portugal team Cristiano Ronaldo with his injured knee, limped onto ground at the end of the extra time and hugging his teammates to receives the crown.
Ceremony and Awards
The award ceremony is take place at the end of match and the Antoine Griezmann awarded with the Golden Boot as he scored total six goals 1 in the group stage and the 5 in the knockout stage. Cristiano Ronaldo receives the Silver Boot award as he scored 2 goals in the group matches and 1 goal in the knockout stage and also provides 3 assists. Oliver Giroud receives the Bronze Boot as he scored total 3 goals; 1 in the group matches and 2 in the knockout stage. Renato Sanches who receives the award of the youngest player of the tournament who was born after the 1st January 1994.
The total prize money of €301 million was distributed in the all contesting team of the tournament. The each team will receive the sure amount €8 million for their participation in the tournament while further rewards depending on their team performance and standing at the end of the tournament.
Prize for participating: €8 million
Extra payment based on team’s performance:
Champions: €8 million
Runners-up: €5 million
Reaching the semi-finals: €4 million
Reaching the quarter-finals: €2.5 million
Reaching the round of 16: €1.5 million
Winning a group match: €1 million
Drawing a group match: €500,000
The tournament held successfully as the 50 matches hosted by the France and 107 goals watches by the more than 2.3 million spectators in ten host French cities. The Euro Cup 2016 hosts France sure there place in the final match and face Portugal who lift the trophy.
Congratulations to the Portugal team becomes the king of Europe and win their first ever title of the UEFA European Championship. Congratulations to the Cristiano Ronaldo as the big name of the Football game is become the champion.