Portugal vs. France: Celebration Highlights, Twitter Reaction for Euro 2016

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 10, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (c) lifts the European Championship trophy after his side win 1-0 against France during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Portugal lifted the Euro 2016 trophy on Sunday evening after beating France 1-0 thanks to a 109th-minute winner from Swansea City striker and substitute Eder at the Stade de France.

It completed a remarkable run from the tournament's ugly ducklings, who blossomed against the odds to claim the continent's greatest honour.

Broadcaster Semra Hunter captured the winning moment:

Portugal's hopes looked to be dashed when captain Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off in the first half with a knee injury, but the team pulled together in his absence to clinch the title nonetheless.

Far from Paris, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon erupted after seeing its unlikely heroes claim the top spot at the UEFA European Championship.

BBC Sport shared the scene:

Europe was painted red and green as Portugal rallied against the odds to emerge triumphant, as Sky News Australia showed:

Eder's extra-time goal was a fitting way to light up an otherwise dull final.

Ricardo Quaresma came on as a 25th-minute substitute for Ronaldo after a series of clashes with France winger Dimitri Payet led to the Real Madrid superstar's early departure.

The Stade de France was doused in Portuguese colours upon seeing the title finally handed over to the nation following their sixth successive run to the quarter-finals at the competition, per ESPN FC:

The Portuguese fans also did their part to get behind the absent captain after his night came to an agonisingly abrupt end, as Copa90 showed:

And Real Madrid's official Twitter account made sure to congratulate its star, too, after Ronaldo barely missed out on securing the title at the European Championship in 2004, when he lost to Greece:

Sunday's victory was all about the team, instead of the one man, and Portugal proved to be more about the sum of their parts than any individual.

The celebrations will ring long into the night in Lisbon, and a stubborn Portugal outfit, which won only a single Euro 2016 match in 90 minutes, rose above the rest to finally achieve European domination.

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