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Portugal coach Fernando Santos said ‘ugly duckling’ Eder has turned into a beautiful swan after his unlikely winner helped them clinch the Euro football championship final against France.

Santos’ team was dealt a severe blow as their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to limp off the field just 24 minutes into the game with a knee injury. But they held on till the 90 minutes, surviving an Andre-Pierre Gignac strike which hit the post.

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On a high after winning the European Championship beating hosts France 1-0, Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo described the historic moment as one of the best in his glittering football career.

Substitute Eder scored the only goal in extra time as Portugal edged past a fighting France to win the Euro 2016 here on Sunday. It was also Portugal's maiden triumph in a major championship.

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A younger, fitter and stronger Portugal side sans an injured Cristiano Ronaldo saw off wave after wave off French pressure before scoring the only goal of the game through the unlikeliest of sources, French based Portuguese striker Eder, who rifled in a shot from 30 yards past the outstretched hand of Hugo Lloris in the France goal to give Portugal a 1-0 win in the Euro 2016 Final.

France, who played their semi-final a day after Portugal, named an unchanged starting eleven for this game, a decision that would prove costly in the long run as their players simply ran out of gas in the latter stages of the contest. Portugal meanwhile welcomed back Real Madrid star Pepe and young midfield sensation William Carvalho from injury and suspension, with both men having an absolutely sensational game.

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Portuguese defender Pepe returned to the group training of his national team on Saturday and may appear in Sunday's European football championship final against France.

The Real Madrid defender suffered muscle pain after the Euro quarter-finals against Poland and didn't participate in his national team's 2-0 victory over Wales in the semi-final.

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This is Antoine Griezmann's moment. Just 16 years ago he was a nine-year-old who yelled, jumped and cheered at his family home when David Trezeguet scored his golden goal during the Euro 2000 football championship final.

That was the last time France won the European Cup. Now it is Griezmann who has dazzled. He has done so with his club, Atletico Madrid, during the whole Spanish League season and carried on during the Euro Cup, scoring six goals, three more than his immediate competitors, French colleagues Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

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A goal in either half from forward Antoine Griezmann sent hosts France through to the final of Euro 2016 courtesy of a hard earned 2-0 win over World Champions Germany, who played the prettier football but lacked a quality marksman who could provide a finishing touch to their fantastic approach play.

Germany, missing three regular starters due to injury, chose to deploy Thomas Muller to lead their line, dropping playmaker Mesut Ozil out onto the right wing and Julian Draxler onto the left. Bastian Schweinsteiger replaced Sami Khedira in the heart of midfield, while Emre Can dropped in alongside him for his first start of the tournament too.

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Cristiano RonaldoTwo goals inside four minutes from the former Manchester United duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani earned Portugal a place in the Final of Euro 2016 with a comfortable 2-0 win against minnows Wales, who struggled to really create anything of note during the course of the contest without the attacking nous of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

After a dull first half, reminiscent of so many of Portugal's displays in the tournament thus far, the European Championship regulars dealt a double blow to Wales' hopes of reaching their first major final.

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