A poor final to end a modest tournament. Perhaps it is fitting, therefore, that its winners – via an extra-time goal from a former Swansea striker – are a team who finished third in their group and lifted the trophy having won just one game out of seven in 90 minutes.
Portugal deserve credit for their pluck, but that is about it. They lost their captain and best player Cristiano Ronaldo to a knee injury midway through the first half. Caused by a challenge from Dimitri Payet, it was bad luck but nothing more. It was a firm challenge by the West Ham player but not a foul.
After that Portugal simply hung on and hoped they may get a break. They didn’t. They hoped that they may get to extra-time. They did and then somehow they won it.Source: Dailymail.co.uk