Hey there! Today is the highly anticipated final of Euro 2016. Will France hoist the Henri Delauney trophy in front of an adoring Stade de France crowd or will Cristiano Ronaldo add to his legacy by adding a major international championship to his stellar resume. We will find out shortly. Follow along for live updates when the two sides kick off. For background information and how to watch a live stream of the Final check out the link below.
1′: And we’re off. This is going to be awesome! Here are the starting 11’s.
4′: Nani gets in behind for the first chance of the game but blasts one over the net.
6′: High pressure by France early asking questions of the Portugal defense. Sissoko had the first shot for France but high and wide.
8′: Cristiano Ronaldo is down injured to a loud chorus of boos. Payet took a hurt to Ronaldo’s knee. Ronaldo gets up limping and heads to the sideline for the meantime.
10′ Griezmann nearly scores on a superb Van-Persie like header but Patricio makes a diving save. It’s all France so far.
15′: Just a reminder: this would be France’s third Euro championship (1984,2000) . They also won the World Cup at this stadium in 1998. This would be Portugal’s first major tournament title.
18′: Ronaldo, who hasn’t done much so far, goes down to the ground. He’s still hurt. If he has to go off women across the world would be devastated because it would mean no shirtless goal celebrations today. Ronaldo is walking off in tears, with the doctors about to take a look at him.
21′: Ronaldo back on. Let’s see what the hobbled superstar can do.
22′: Another long-range Sissoko shot flies over the bar. France outplaying Portugal but still no score.
24′: A frustrated Ronaldo goes down again still hurt. He’s going off on a stretcher. What a tough blow for Portugal. Biggest game of Ronaldo’s career ends early. Even the French fans are applauding Ronaldo now.
25′: Portugal Substitution: Ricardo Quaresma on for Cristiano Ronaldo
26′: But seriously WTF is with all the moths swarming the pitch?
34′: Sissoko turns in the box and blasts one low on net. Patricio makes a save. Sissoko has been the best player on the pitch so far.
34′: A cynical tackle by Portugal’s Cedric earns him a yellow card.
42′: With Ronaldo out and not too many chances, so far this game has been a bit of a letdown. Us neutral observers could use a goal right about now.
45’+1: A clash of heads between Patrice Evra and Quaresma has them both shaken up. Looks like they’ll be OK though.
45’+2: Just googled “Euro 2016 halftime show” and nothing came up. What kind of supposedly massive final doesn’t even have a halftime show. We want some Beyonce or Katy Pery or Tom Petty or something.
Let’s be honest. That first half was boring. Even the ESPN guys are admitting it. Time to grab a beer.
Here’s the best chance of the match so far:
46′: No halftime substitutions though there are indications Dmitri Payet might be off soon.
57′: A few testing crosses in the first 10 minutes but so far both sides defenses’ have been up to the task. No shots on goal to this point in the second half and it remains scoreless.
58′: France Substitution: Kingley Coman on for Dmitri Payet
59′: A Griezmann shot on goal easily saved. Let’s see if the Frenchman can add to his tournament-leading six goals and do that stupid but somewhat endearing Hotline Bling dance again.
66′: Coman cross sets up Griezmann with a point blank header that the striker somehow misses over the bar. “You’d have put a thousand dollars on him there, the form he’s been in,” the esteemed ESPN announcer Ian Darke says.
75′: A hard low shot requires a big save by Patricio. The Portugal goalkeeper has been excellent all afternoon and is the reason Portugal remain level.
78′ France Substitution:Andre-Pierre Gignac on for Olivier Giroud
78′: Portugal Substitution: Eder on for Renato Sanches
80′: Nani curls one in which requires Hugo Lloris’s first save of the game. Quaresma’s rebound also forces another important save for the French keeper.
83′: . Things are getting tense, and ESPN cuts to the Portugal manager who can’t even bear to watch.
84′: Sissoko blasts a screamer from outside the box. Patricio makes another vital diving save.
90′: We’re still scoreless into stoppage time. The referee’s assistant indicates there will be three added minutes. A goal now would be epic.
90’+2 Gignac nearly wins it for France with a low shot in the six-yard box after a nifty turn, but the ball clings off the inside of the near post.
90’+3: And this once is going to 30 minutes of extra time. And if the teams are still knotted after that than the tournament will be won and lost in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Extra Time: 0-0
91′: France kick off extra time in Saint-Denis. During the break Cristiano Ronaldo emerged from the locker room to offer encouragement to his fellow Portugal players.
95′: Quaresma swings a perfect free kick in that Pepe heads just wide of net. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as the linesman’s flag was up for offside.
97′: Frenchman Blaise Matuidi gets a yellow card after recklessly undercutting Eder, who flips hard onto the ground.
98′: Ricardo Carvahlo gets a yellow card for Portugal after a cynical trip of Coman, who had burst by the defender.
104′: A big save by Hugo Lloris of a Eder header after a tantalizing cross of a free kick by Quaresma.
105′: First time of stoppage time is over. 15 minutes left. Will we see a late goal?
107′: Handball creates a dangerous chance from 25 yards for Portugal. Koscielny gets a yellow card. Replay shows it was actually off Eder’s hand.
108′: Raphael Guerreiro, born five miles from the stadium, fires the free kick off the bar for Portugal. Still no score.
109′: Portugal GOOOOOOAAAAAL!!!!!! Eder turns and shoots one low from outside the box just beyond Lloris’s reach to give Portugal the 1-0 lead. Their fans are rightfully losing their minds.
115′: A frustrated Paul Pogba gets a yellow card. That’s the fourth yellow card for France.
118′: Raphael Guirerro carried off by two coaches. Portugal used all their 3 allotted substitutions already so they’re going to have to try to close this one out with 10 men
119′: Portugal gets a yellow card for time wasting. Not sure who goes in the book, but it seems like everyone in this game is now on a yellow.
120′: 2 minutes of added time at the end of extra time. It’s looking bleak for les Bleus.
122′: One last chance for Martial ruled offside. Patricio gets a late yellow for time wasting.
Final Score: Portugal defeats France 1-0
Having finished third in their group, Portugal are now the Euro 2016 champions!
And in the post game Ronaldo quickly takes his shirt off. So predictable. Congratulations to Portugese fans! And thanks for joining me.