Cheat sheet: How Portugal shrugged off the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to become Euro 2016 champions


Who needs Cristiano Ronaldo?

They only won one game inside 90 minutes in the tournament and finished third in their group behind Hungary and Iceland, but Portugal claimed the Euro 2016 title by beating France 1-0 in extra-time in the final.

Eder celebrates scoring for Portugal

And they did it without star man Ronaldo, who left the field with an injury midway through the first half.

Eder was the man who won it for Portugal, striking in extra-time to add a moment of excitement in what was otherwise a very disappointing game.

Key moments

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the field on a stretcher

Ronaldo's injury (15 minutes). Ronaldo is a properly divisive figure, but only the wilfully heartless could have felt no sympathy for him when he picked up a nasty-looking injury just a quarter of an hour into the game. He tried his best to play on for another 10 minutes before finally admitting defeat, leaving the pitch in tears on a stretcher.

Antoine Griezmann's big miss (64 minutes). Kingsley Coman, a 57th-minute replacement for Dimitri Payet, crossed and an unmarked Griezmann somehow contrived to head over the bar from about six yards out. Not what we've come to expect from the Atletico Madrid star.

Antoine Griezmann rues a missed chance for France

Andre-Pierre Gignac hits the post (90 minutes). On for Olivier Giroud, Gignac neatly fashioned himself a chance in stoppage time then pulled his scuffed effort on to the post. The Paris crowd sounded mightily disgruntled with the former Marseille striker, which seemed a bit harsh.

Eder wins it for Portugal (109 minutes). Moments after Raphael Guerreiro had hit the bar with a controversial free-kick, Portugal took an unlikely lead. It was Eder who got it, grabbing the ball in the France half, then striking low and early from distance to beat Hugo Lloris.

Was it any good?

Olivier Giroud reacts as France take on Portugal

The first hour was dreadful - properly, mind-numbingly awful. It did pick up after that with chances at both ends - more thanks to a collective sense of panic rather than any great skill - but it certainly won't go down as a classic.

Was it the right result?

Eder celebrates scoring for Portugal

When Portugal hosted the European Championship in 2004, they made it all the way to the final only to be beaten by a team who played horrible football all the way through the tournament, so there was a nice symmetry about the fact they did something similar to France here. France will be absolutely kicking themselves though - they had the better chances against a side who lost their best player early on.

Man of the match

Jose Fonte playing for Portugal

Jose Fonte was a rock at the back for Portugal, and goalkeeper Rui Patricio out-performed his opposite number Lloris. For France, Moussa Sissoko put in the sort of impressive performance that left Newcastle fans wondering what on earth he was playing at last season.

Moth of the match

There were plenty to choose from after someone left the lights on overnight and the Stade de France was hit by a swarm of moths before kick-off. But one of them made a name for itself - landing on Ronaldo's face as the Portugal captain sat crying on the turf after picking up his injury.

Coach of the match

Cristiano Ronaldo watches on from the bench

Off the field with an injury, Ronaldo did his bit from the sidelines instead: shouting instructions, giving encouragement and looking every inch the motivator. Surely a career in coaching doesn't await him once his playing days are over...

Key stat

Yeah, it's mostly just another way of saying this match was very dull. Another stat worth mentioning is that, at 18 years and 326 days, Renato Sanches became the youngest player ever to play in a European Championship final - so this game was at least notable for something positive.

Ref watch

Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card

Mark Clattenburg made one big error - giving a free-kick to Portugal for a Laurent Koscielny handball, when in fact replays showed the ball had struck a Portuguese player. The subsequent set-piece hit the bar, and the error was forgotten soon after when Portugal scored. Other than that, he didn't have a huge amount to do.

Tweet of the match

We like the idea that the moth was comforting Ronaldo, not adding insult to injury. And the moth was right - everything was all right in the end.