PORTUGAL CRUSH MIGHTY FRANCE IN A THRILLING UEFA EURO FINALS.
By Sam Mburu
It was night meant to separate boys from men and help seek the best team in Europe. July 10 was much anticipated by the soccer lovers.
It all happened at ‘stade de France’ where the match between the finalist ‘les blues (France) vs. ‘Selecao’ (Portugal) kicked off at exactly 10pm Kenyan time.
The match kicked off with France seemingly attacking more compared to their counterparts with Moussa Sissoko winning the first shot on goal for Les blues at the 6th minute.
However, it blazed high. In 24th minute, the faces of Portugal fans were filled with sadness when their best player and high rated Cristiano Ronaldo could not go on with the match.
This was after he was injured by Dimitri Payet on the knee through a nasty tackle at 8th minute. Ronaldo was replaced by Ricardo Quaresma.
During the first half, Moussa Sissoko was on fire, speeding like Usain Bolt and attacking from all sides, providing chances but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio couldn’t allow any shot to pass through the net.
The first half ended with France having more attacking force while Portugal responded by withstanding the pressure.
The second half had more attacking chances compared to the first half, with Antoine Griezman, missing a chance on 66th minute.
Portugal goalkeeper remained man of the match by saving many shots on target from Giroud, Griezman and sissoko.
92nd minute could have seen France lift the trophy after Andre-Pierre Gignac sent a shot that unfortunately hit the post in a very close to be a goal.
The second half ended and the match resumed for extra time. Behold, at 109th’ minute, history was written when Eder, a Portuguese, hit a goal that went past Kosielny, and finally past desperate diving Hugo Lloris. It was a goal.
Despite Deschamps trying to bring in Antony Martial, the match ended with Portuguese winning the match in a dramatic historical moment.
Portugal won the cup for the first time in their history having participated in the most of the Uefa Euro games.
Cristiano Ronaldo could not hide his tears of joy for winning his first cup as a captain for the Portugal. ’Stade de France ’was painted red all over. It was a night to remember.
By Sam Mburu K