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Euro 2016 final: Portugal vs. France as it happened

Portugal have beaten hosts France in Saint-Denis to be crowned winners of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France.

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FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 1-0 FRANCE -- PORTUGAL HAVE WON EURO 2016!

SUMMARY: Not a classic final but what a performance from Portugal, who were organised, resilient and defiant. They found what France could not -- one moment of real quality -- when Eder, deep in extra time, fired past Lloris to win Portugal's first major trophy. Portugal reacted strongly to the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo through injury -- and Ronaldo, who stayed on the touchline to cheer his colleagues on, now has his longed-for international trophy. There are tears of joy from the men in red, and total despair from those in France blue. Griezmann, who missed a great headed chance, wanders around the pitch in a daze. Koscielny sinks to the ground. It just wasn't to be for the hosts, who were ponderous throughout but came agonisingly close to winning in injury time at the end of the 90 minutes when Gignac hit the post. But the joy tonight is all Portugal's. Captain Ronaldo lifts the trophy, and the parties back in Portugal will go on for days.

120+1 MIN - Pepe heads clear. He has been staggeringly good today. Coman crosses, but the flag is up. That, surely, is that now. Seconds remaining...

120 MIN - It's now or never for France. TWO ADDED MINUTES at the end of extra-time. That is how close to the trophy Portugal are.

119 MIN - Joao Mario gets into the area. Can he finish the match off? No -- Sagna gets across to deny him the chance to shoot.

117 MIN - All the noise is coming from the red-shirted Portugal supporters. Cristiano Ronaldo urges them on. Guerreiro, off the pitch with what looks like cramp, is told in no uncertain terms by Ronaldo to get back on.

115 MIN - Pogba fouls Joao Mario as he sprints into the France half on the break. France look to have little left to give now. This final is slipping away from them.

113 MIN - The hosts have a corner. The clock is ticking louder and louder as yet another set piece is cleared. Portugal break and Nani is almost put through by Queresma, but his pass is just overhit.

111 MIN - France bring Anthony Martial into the action in their last throw of the dice. Rui Patricio comes to claim a cross magnificently. Portugal are under 10 minutes away from glory.

109 MIN - GOAL - PORTUGAL 1-0 FRANCE

Brilliant from Eder. He runs at the tiring France defence and, from outside the area, arrows his shot into the corner past Lloris. The hosts are stunned. On the Portugal bench, Ronaldo is in tears again -- but this time they are tears of joy.

108 MIN - PORTUGAL HIT THE BAR!

Guerreiro steps up, curls it over the wall... and sees it crash back off the bar with Lloris struggling. One off the woodwork for each side now!

108 MIN - Koscielny is penalised for handball near the edge of his own box, but the ball actually seemed to hit Eder. Now, imagine the controversy if Portugal score from this...

106 MIN - Back under way! A quarter of an hour for something to happen, or else it's penalties.

105 MIN - That's half-time in extra time.

103 MIN - The header comes in from Eder. Lloris fumbles a bit, but France get away with that. Nerves a-jangle.

102 MIN - Now a corner to Portugal. Can they snatch a potentially decisive goal?

100 MIN - Corner to France, won by Gignac. Is there a moment of inspiration here? No -- Portugal again defend very well. Great work from Pogba wins them another one. It goes nowhere, and you can hear the frustration in the crowd now. And you can feel the rising tension.

98 MIN - Matuidi fouls Eder and is booked. Then Carvalho follows him into the book for a cynical trip on Coman as he attempts to break forward.

96 MIN - Guerreiro is booked for a foul. Evra comes forward, but Nani is tracking back diligently to thwart him.

95 MIN - Down goes Eder, about 30 yards out and central, with Umtiti the defender who challenged him. Can Portugal make something happen? In goes the cross, and Pepe heads wide -- but the flag was up for offside.

93 MIN - France are having the bulk of possession in the early minutes of extra time. They are passing around in front of the Portugal defence. They just can't find a way through them, or round them.

91 MIN - Now it all boils down to half an hour more and, perhaps, to penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo, his injured knee bandaged, comes onto the pitch to give his colleagues a pep talk.

90+2 MIN - GIGNAC HITS THE POST!

Evra feeds the ball to Gignac inside the area, on the corner of the six-yard box. The substitute steps away from Pepe superbly and scuffs an angled effort past Rui Patricio. It bounces out off the post, and there is nobody there to snap up the rebound. Agonisingly close for France.

90 MIN - Sagna crosses and Gignac throws himself at it under challenge from Pepe. Rui Patricio claims. THREE ADDED MINUTES.

88 MIN - Two minutes to go. Extra time looms.

86 MIN - Gignac gets down the right, but then he tries to do too much on his own and the threat ends with a half-hearted shot that poses no threat to anyone whatsoever.

84 MIN - FINE SAVE! Great strike by Sissoko, who runs at the defence and blasts a shot from distance that Rui Patricio saves. When the ball comes back in, the same player head goalwards, but it's stopped. He takes a knock to the head going for that cross, but is OK.

82 MIN - Eight minutes of normal time left. Eight minutes for someone to find the goal that would, surely, make his country European champions.

80 MIN - ALMOST THE OPENING GOAL! Nani mishits and Lloris scoops it awkwardly away from under his own bar. Quaresma fires it back towards goal acrobatically -- and this time the France keeper holds on.

79 MIN - Giroud off, Andre-Pierre Gignac on for France; Renato Sanches off and Eder on for Portugal.

77 MIN - Guerreiro does well to make himself some room on the left. He crosses dangerously, but it's cleared. More movement on the France bench -- is another change imminent? At the other end, Giroud gets in Griezmann's way when the latter was thinking about shooting.

75 MIN - Coman, who has been excellent since coming on, threads the ball to Giroud, whose shot is saved by Rui Patricio and hammered clear.

74 MIN - Giroud gets a headed touch to a cross from the left, but it doesn't fall to a colleague. We are almost into the last 15 minutes at the Stade de France. Still no breakthrough and not much sign of one, to be honest.

72 MIN - Coman into the area, on the right. He crosses low, and a panicky clearance brings France a corner. It briefly threatens to cause havoc, dropping between a couple of defenders before being bashed clear.

69 MIN - This feels very much like a game that might go all the way to penalties. Portugal have yet to muster an attempt on target, and this is the first-ever Euro final to have been goalless at the hour mark.

67 MIN - Moutinho on, Adrien Silva off as Portugal make a change.

66 MIN - BEST CHANCE OF THE MATCH! Sagna has a bit of space down the right. His cross is cleared and Coman picks up the pieces and whips it back in towards Griezmann. He heads off target from only around six yards out. A wonderful chance spurned -- will France live to regret it?

63 MIN - Evra urges the crowd to make more noise as he wins a corner. Again, a set piece comes to nothing.

62 MIN - Joao Mario is booked after fouling Giroud, who had brought the ball down from a France clearance and was trying to bring it forward into midfield.

60 MIN - Groans from the France fans as a pass from Coman, looking for the overlapping Evra, goes astray.

58 MIN - FRANCE CHANGE: Payet is off and Kingsley Coman on. Not all the home fans inside the Stade de France agree with Didier Deschamps on that one, it's clear to hear. Coman instantly finds Griezmann, but he can only shoot tamely at Rui Patricio.

56 MIN - There's really not much happening in this half. It's bitty, but then Umtiti heads a Joao Mario cross behind for a corner. The corner is poor, in keeping with the tone of the half.

54 MIN - Payet crosses, it's cleared and Pogba strikes it from 30 yards -- but strikes it over the bar.

52 MIN - Sissoko crosses, Pepe clears. A France corner. What can they do with it? Nothing -- Rui Patricio comes and claims well.

49 MIN - Payet wins the ball and dances dangerously towards the edge of the area. Pepe is there with a beautifully-timed, superbly-executed interception.

49 MIN - Cedric crosses, but that one is too high for Nani. Lloris has the ball in his gloves for France.

48 MIN - Sissoko fouls Pepe, who reacts theatrically. But amazingly enough, he is quickly back on his feet after a free-kick is awarded.

46 MIN - No changes for either side at the break. Nani is fouled by Umtiti and gets to his feet gingerly. There's a little bit of a limp to his run now, too. Surely not again? Thankfully not -- Nani is OK.

46 MIN - BACK UNDER WAY AT THE STADE DE FRANCE!

45 MIN - Now Evra and Quaresma clash, and both are down. The physios are on. The players take the chance to have a drinks break. The officials say that two minutes of added time will be played. Evra and Quaresma are back on their feet now.

44 MIN - Joao Mario comes forward down the left for Portugal and wins a throw. Portugal are settling into this game nicely now, and have done well to shake off the shock of the loss of Ronaldo to injury so early on.

42 MIN - Straight to the other end, where Matuidi has to concede a corner. End to end just for a moment, and that is more like it. Umtiti is the man on the spot to clear for France.

40 MIN - Last five minutes of a first half that has been overshadowed by the Ronaldo injury. The game is simmering rather than boiling, and it feels as though one goal may well be enough to win it. Griezmann and Payet link on the edge of the box, and the latter has his strike blocked by Pepe.

38 MIN - A lovely touch by Sanches in midfield starts a move that brings Portugal a corner. Quaresma is wincing now after a challenge from Pogba, but he will be OK. Jose Fonte heads the corner over.

36 MIN - Portugal are beginning to keep the ball a bit better now, but they are struggling to ask France too many questions. They have Nani up front on his on in a post-Ronaldo reshuffle.

34 MIN - GOOD SAVE RUI PATRICIO! He palms away an effort from Sissoko, who had turned beautifully into space, and in the passage of play that follows Cedric is booked for a hefty challenge on Payet.

31 MIN - The France fans try to lift their team again as Sagna races towards a long ball down the left. It just eludes him, though -- he can't keep it in and skews his last-ditch attempt to cross behind.

29 MIN - Another terrific run from Sissoko, who is in blistering form tonight. Again it's direct, again it's at fierce pace. Again it brings a corner, and again Portugal clear it.

28 MIN - Nani takes over as captain of Portugal. Can they win this final for Ronaldo now? The game is approaching its half-hour mark and, suddenly and inevitably, it feels rather overshadowed.

26 MIN - Ricardo Quaresma comes on for Ronaldo. As the captain is carried off, France coach Didier Deschamps offers him some words of consolation. But nothing will console him at the moment.

25 MIN - Ronaldo has thrown his captain's armband to the ground. He is being stretchered off. The Sade de France rises to applaud him, French and Portuguese fans alike. RONALDO'S FINAL IS OVER.

24 MIN - Adrien Silva fires over after a cross towards Ronaldo is cleared. Ronaldo winces as he lands. He is not gong to be able to play through this injury, I'm afraid.

23 MIN - Sissoko turns and runs at the Portugal defence. He tries his luck from 25 yards or so, and it's deflected over the top. Patricio claims the corner.

21 MIN - Ronaldo is back on. Can he play through this after all? He is going to do his utmost.

20 MIN - Portugal are trying, desperately, to patch Ronaldo up. But the player has been shaking his head. It looks as though he knows he can't play on after that knock to the knee, sustained in the early challenge by Payet.

18 MIN - He has slumped to the pitch again, and it looks as though he is in tears. His dream of playing in this final is already over. Devastating for him, devastating for Portugal. A loss to them and a loss to this final.

17 MIN - IT LOOKS AS THOUGH RONALDO IS COMING OFF.

16 MIN - Griezmann and Sissoko link well and the latter tries to get down the right. He looks for a return pass to the overlapping Griezmann, but that one cannons away off a defender. Then Sanches becomes the latest player to miscontrol for Portugal.

14 MIN - La Marseillaise booms down from the stands, but Portugal are on the ball and Nani tries to get something going for them. His touch towards the area is ineffective and cleared. Portugal can't get into this game at the moment -- they just can't get their passing going.

12 MIN - Ronaldo is back, but he is moving gingerly and is limping a little. Let's hope this is a knock he will be able to run off.

10 MIN - Good save! Pepe makes a mistake and Griezmann heads at goal -- and the effort is tipped over. Giroud meets the corner, but his header is straight at Rui Patricio. This is a good start by France, and a decent start to the final.

9 MIN - Ronaldo is down and wincing after a Payet challenge leaves him clutching his knee. He's on the ground. This is the last thing Portugal want to see. He limps off for a bit of treatment...

7 MIN - Matuidi wins a loose ball and feeds it to Griezmann inside the area. There's a roar of anticipation from the crowd, but when he opts to shoot from an angle he slices well wide.

6 MIN - Fonte heads the ball out to the edge of the area, from where Sissoko shoots miles over the bar.

4 MIN - Griezmann, star of the show for France, tries to knock the ball out to the right but he gets it wrong as well. Misplaced passes, heavy touches, early nerves on display. Then Nani controls a Cedric pass into the area, runs on but lashes his effort over the top. First chance to Portugal!

3 MIN - Sanches and Ronaldo link before the ball is played to Carvalho, who knocks his pass straight out of play. Forward come France and Payet crosses from the left, but that's cleared.

1 MIN - A heavy first touch from Jose Fonte gifts a throw to hosts France after Portugal had kicked off. That won't do his nerves much good. The atmosphere in the Stade de France is something else.

20.00 BST: AND THE EURO 2016 FINAL HAS BEGUN!

19.58 BST: Anthems done, the two teams shake hands. Referee Mark Clattenburg is primed and ready to get the action under way.

19.55 BST: Here come the anthems. Portugal's is played first, to be followed by what will surely be an ear-splitting rendition of La Marseillaise.

19.53 BST: Spain legend Xavi has placed the trophy onto its stand by the tunnel. And here come France and Portugal -- their players file past the cup. Nobody's stopping to glance at it. There is a wall of noise from the stands.

19.51 BST: The players will be on their way shortly. The Euro 2016 final is almost upon us.

19.48 BST: It's closing ceremony time. There's David Guetta. There are dancers. There's a giant inflatable trophy in the centre circle. And (not part of the plan), there's a cloud of moths.

19.45 BST: All eyes, naturally enough, have been on the goalscoring exploits of Antoine Griezmann, who has played so superbly for France. But ex-France and Arsenal hero Thierry Henry ha pinpointed someone else as crucial to their run -- goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. He tells the BBC: "One thing I like about him is his calmness. He doesn't panic, and therefore he does not make anyone else panic."

19.40 BST: Efforts are continuing to clear some of the month-infested parts of the stadium. Vacuum cleaners are being used around the technical areas, while workers with brushes are clearing the insects from pitchside advertising boards.

19.38 BST: One man who will be desperate to do so is Cristiano Ronaldo. Can he inspire his side to their first-ever international trophy? "If anyone can, he can," says the BBC's Danny Murphy.

19.36 BST: A bit of historical context for you. The last 10 meetings between these sides have seen French victories in all 10, a run that dates back to the 1970s. Can Portugal buck the trend, and do it tonight of all nights?

19.34 BST: The floodlights were apparently left on at the Stade de France last night. Result? There are lots and lots of moths around the place.

19.32 BST: The team news is as we expected -- France are unchanged from their semifinal win over Germany while Portugal bring back Pepe and William Carvalho, who missed the last four victory over Wales through injury and suspension respectively, as Bruno Alves and Danilo make way.

19.30 BST: And so here we go. A month of action, a mass of matches... and now it all comes down to this. It's France against Portugal in Paris for the Euro 2016 trophy, and we have quite a night in prospect.

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