July 10, 2016

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) The Latest from the European Championship (all times local):


0:20 a.m.

Crowned the European champion, Portugal will now go to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Portugal will join 2014 World Cup winner Germany and the host nation in a three-strong European challenge at the World Cup warm-up event next June.

The other continental champions to qualify are: Australia, Chile, Mexico and New Zealand.

The Confederations Cup lineup will be completed when the 2017 African Cup of Nations winner is known in February.


0:15 a.m.

In the absence of Michel Platini, the European Championship trophy was presented to Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo by Angel Maria Villar, UEFA's longest-serving vice president who joined its executive committee 24 years ago.

Villar has been UEFA's most senior elected official since Platini was suspended from duty by the FIFA ethics committee last October.

Villar, a former Spain international, has been president of its national football federation for 28 years and is a potential contender to succeed Platini in an election on Sept. 14.


00:10 a.m.

Amid the post-match celebrations following Portugal's victory, 31-year-old Ronaldo handed over the trophy to rising young star Renato Sanches, the player considered most likely to step out of the Real Madrid star's shadow as Ronaldo's career approaches its end.

It didn't take Ronaldo long to get his hands back on the trophy, though, with the forward balancing it on his head for photographers.

Some Portugal players also brought their children onto the pitch to join the celebrations, defying a UEFA request that youngsters shouldn't be allowed onto the playing surface.


11:59 p.m.

Coach Fernando Santos led Portugal's players to receive their winners' medals, while Cristiano Ronaldo - his captain's armband back on and a Portugal flag wrapped around his waist- limped up the steps last to accept the trophy, He held the cup aloft before kissing it and screaming ''Vamos!''

Earlier, France's defeated players had walked up the steps at the Stade de France to accept their second-place medals.

Antoine Griezmann's six goals were enough to earn him the tournament's Golden Boot, but the France forward's failure in front of goal Sunday helped condemn the hosts to defeat.


11:56 p.m.

As referee Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle at the Stade de France, Cristiano Ronaldo shared a long hug with a Portugal staff member, before limping onto the pitch to congratulate his teammates.

After taking off his shirt, Ronaldo shared another long hug with Real Madrid teammate Pepe - both men appearing to be in tears - as other Portugal players celebrated with their fans.

France's defeated players could only slump to the ground as their bid to win the country's fourth major trophy in its fifth final ended deep in extra time. France won the European Championship in 1984 and World Cup in 1998 before adding another European title two years later.

Portugal's players then teamed up to toss coach Fernando Santos into the air before the presentation ceremony began.


11:32 p.m.

Portugal wins the 2016 European Championship, after substitute Eder scored in extra time to give his team a 1-0 win over France.

Eder's long-range shot that beat the despairing dive of France captain Hugo Lloris has sealed a first ever major tournament win for Portugal, beating the hosts despite losing captain Cristiano Ronaldo to a first-half injury.

Eder shook off Laurent Koscielny and fired a low, right-foot shot to break French hearts in the 109th minute after the match at the Stade de France had ended level at 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Ronaldo was taken off on a stretcher off in the 25th minute after he failed to recover from a heavy challenge by France's attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet. He returned to sit on the bench, his left knee bandaged, and limped onto the pitch to encourage his teammates at the start of both periods of extra time.


10:21 p.m.

Eder has finally broken the deadlock in the 109th minute of the final, giving Portugal a 1-0 lead over France when he cut inside from the left, brushed off a challenge by Laurent Koscielny and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 meters.

Injured teammate Cristiano Ronaldo came off the Portugal bench to congratulate the Lille midfielder.


11:18 p.m.

GOAL: Eder scores for Portugal in the 109th minute. Portugal leads France 1-0.


11:12 p.m.

The stalemate between France and Portugal has continued through the first period of extra time in the final, with the scores still locked at 0-0.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, his left knee strapped, limped onto the pitch at the end of the match to gee up his teammates, hugging players before making his way back to the bench, but his team looked happy to take the match to penalties.

William Carvalho snuffed out a promising French attack in the 97th minute by bringing down Kingsley Coman, earning a yellow card from referee Mark Clattenburg.

The best chance of the half to fell to Portugal's Eder, with his close-range effort being saved by Hugo Lloris following a corner.


10:51 p.m.

France and Portugal will play extra time after their European Championship final ended 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Despite Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo being carried off on a stretcher in the first half, Didier Deschamps' team couldn't find a way through the Portugal defense and its standout goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

France's Antoine Griezmann has so far failed to add to his tournament-leading six goals and was guilty of a bad miss in the second half when he headed over from close range after a cross from the left by substitute Kingsley Coman.

Portugal rarely threatened and it wasn't until the 80th minute that France captain Hugo Lloris was called upon to make his first saves, blocking a cross by Nani and then a spectacular effort on the rebound by Ronaldo's replacement, Ricardo Quaresma.

France's best player, Moussa Sissoko unleashed a powerful long-range drive in the 84th minute, but Rui Patricio again got down well to block the shot.

France's best chance came in stoppage time when substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac hit the post.

Ronaldo left the match in the 25th minute after he failed to recover from Dimitri Payet clattering into his left knee.


10:35 p.m.

France has squandered two clear chances in the second half of its European Championship final against Portugal and the match is still locked at 0-0.

Tournament top scorer Antoine Griezmann missed probably the clearest chance of the final in the 66th minute when he shook off defender Raphael Guerreiro in the penalty area and leapt to meet a cross from the left by Kingsley Coman, but could not keep his header down and saw it fly over the bar.

A few minutes later, Olivier Giroud then saw his powerful shot saved by Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who is on outstanding form.


10:20 p.m.

The second half has begun with host France still dominant and pushing for the opening goal, but Portugal, even without its injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo, occasionally looking dangerous on the counterattack.

With the scores still locked at 0-0 in the 58th minute, Didier Deschamps brought off Dimitri Payet, whose foul in the first half ended Ronaldo's match, and brought on Kingsley Coman in an attempt to inject more pace on the flank.

France failed to mount a serious challenge on Rui Patricio's goal early in the half, with Paul Pogba's long-range effort sailing harmlessly over the bar and Antoine Griezmann's shot from the left easily saved by the Portugal goalkeeper.

A fan ran onto the pitch early in the second half. The man, who was wearaing a white shirt, was quickly tackled by stewards and dragged off the ground.


9:50 p.m.

After Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was carried off on a stretcher in the 25th minute of the European Championship final, France and Portugal were drawing 0-0 at halftime.

Ronaldo injured his left knee after France midfielder Dimitri Payet clattered into him near the halfway line in the seventh minute. After treatment, the Real Madrid star tried to play on, but even with his knee bandaged he eventually sat down and called to be substituted.

France dominated early and Antoine Griezmann came close to adding to his tournament-leading six goals with a looping header that Rui Patricio athletically tipped over his bar.

France midfielder Moussa Sissoko was a constant threat with powerful runs from the midfield. He came close to breaking the deadlock in the 34th minute when he cleverly turned Portugal defender Adrien Silva and shot powerfully, but Rui Patricio got down well to his right to block the effort.


9:35 p.m.

Paris police report there have been clashes with young troublemakers underneath the Eiffel Tower and that police have used tear gas to disperse them.

The clashes happened about 100 meters from a huge fan zone and giant screen relaying the final of the European Championship between France and Portugal.

There only appeared to be a few dozen troublemakers, who seemed to want to break into the fan zone, which contains about 80,000 people watching the game.

Some garbage was set alight in the street under the massive tower, which dominates the Paris landscape.


9:30 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the match on a stretcher in the 25th minute and is replaced by Ricardo Quaresma. The Portugal captain was taken off after handing his armband to Nani.

Ronaldo had briefly left the pitch in tears at the Stade de France, minutes after a clumsy challenge by Dimitri Payet left him screaming in pain and clutching his left knee.

Portugal medical staff bandaged their captain's knee on the sideline and he returned to the game for a few minutes, but was unable to continue.


9:15 p.m.

France has dominated the first 15 minutes of the final against Portugal, with tournament top scorer Antoine Griezmann sending in a looping header that forced an athletic diving save from Rui Patricio.

Despite France pressing forward early, Nani had the first serious shot on goal in the fourth minute, running onto a long pass by Cedris Soares but firing over Hugo Lloris' goal.

But after that it was all France.

Moussa Sissoko blazed a volley a long way over the bar in the sixth minute and a minute later Griezmann fired wide after more good work by Sissoko put him clear behind the Portugal defense.

Portugal then faced a major setback when captain Cristiano Ronaldo fell to the ground screaming in pain and clutching his left knee after a clumsy challenge by Dimitri Payet near the halfway line.


9:05 p.m.

Nani has kicked off the final of the European Championship for Portugal against France at the Stade de France. Nani beat Olivier Giroud before passing the ball backward.

Portugal quickly lost possession and France opened its home final on the attack.

Portugal keeper Rui Patricio is defending the goal in front of the largest section of Portugal supporters.

Barely four minutes later, Nani had the first scoring chance of the match when he collected a long ball forward and fired his shot over the top.


8:50 p.m.

Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez has brought the European Championship trophy onto the pitch at the Stade de France, holding it aloft four years after Spain won the cup in Kiev, Ukraine, by beating Italy 4-0.

Xavi lofted the silverware alongside a giant inflatable version of the cup in the center circle that subsequently towered over French DJ David Guetta during the match's opening ceremony.

Earlier, French and Portuguese fans around the stadium joined forces for the ''Huh'' Viking chant that Iceland made famous at the tournament.

Both sets of fans clapped their hands, rhythmically building to a crescendo of applause as their teams continued their warmups.


8:30 p.m.

The official team sheet handed out by UEFA for Sunday night's European Championship final contained a surprise weather forecast.

At the bottom of the sheet, under the lists of players, UEFA wrote: ''Weather conditions: Snow.'' Temperatures, it added, would be a far-from-freezing 28 degrees Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) with humidity at 38 percent.

The only blizzard in sight at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis was the huge swarm of moths that descended on the playing surface.


8:15 p.m.

France captain Hugo Lloris has run onto the pitch at the Stade de France to begin his pre-match warmup ahead of the final against Portugal.

Lloris was greeted by a wall of French tricolor flags behind his goal as he took to the field with his team's two reserve goalkeepers, Steve Mandanda and Benoit Costil.

Next onto the Stade de France pitch was Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and his two understudies, Anthony Lopes and Eduardo.

The French goalkeepers were followed a few minutes later by the rest of the team, who jogged onto the pitch to a rousing chorus of ''Allez Les Bleus'' from flag waving French fans at both ends of the stadium. The players ran to the fans massed behind Lloris's goal and applauded them.

Last to arrive for their warmup were the Portugal players, led out by captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who also led his players in applauding the Portugal supporters.


8:05 p.m.

Clouds of moths in the Stade de France are bugging players and officials ahead of the final.

In 28-degree (82 Fahrenheit) heat in the stadium, the moths are at field level and dozens of birds are circling about the roof.

Referee Mark Clattenburg of England was seen swiping at the moths as he tested the goal-line technology equipment at each end of the pitch before the France vs. Portugal game.

France coach Didier Deschamps stayed on the field only briefly with members of his staff 90 minutes before the kickoff

Members of UEFA's executive committee, including former Croatia forward Davor Suker, were also flapping their hands at the insects as they posed for a team photograph near the entrance to the players' tunnel.

Stadium staff with vacuum cleaners were gathering up moths in each of the technical areas in front of the dugouts.


6:55 p.m.

Mark Clattenburg, who will referee the final, has paid tribute to the behavior of players at the tournament, saying their desire ''to get on with the game'' has made matches more entertaining and easier to referee.

''There have been a lot of positive comments across the footballing world about the standard of refereeing at the final tournament,'' Clattenburg said in an interview with UEFA's website. ''There's always room for improvement, but the behavior of the players has been fantastic - on the whole, the players have just got on with the match.''

Clattenburg said advance contact with teams had paid dividends. ''There's been no dissent, no mobbing of the referee. It's been a wonderful sight to see.''

He said UEFA's Referees Committee had sent match officials to see each team before the tournament, listening to them and explaining what would happen during games.


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