French media laments 'broken dream': It's not always the best team that wins
Portugal beat Euro 2016 hosts France 1-0 after extra time in Sunday's final, with substitute Eder firing home the winner in the 109th minute.
France had been firm favourites against a Portugal side that finished third in their group and won only one match inside 90 minutes at the tournament but -- even with Cristiano Ronaldo suffering an early injury -- they came up second best at the Stade de France.
While the Portuguese press revelled in the nation's first triumph at a major international tournament, the French media expressed disappointment that Les Bleus failed to replicate their successes when hosting the 1984 European Championship and 1998 World Cup, and drew comparisons with the 2006 World Cup final loss to Italy on penalties.
L'Equipe (France): "Overwhelmed."
ACCABLÉS en Une de notre édition du lundi 11 juillet. pic.twitter.com/bZ4fkylcsL- L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) July 10, 2016
"History will not repeat itself then. Thirty-two years after Michel Platini's win, 18 years after the performance of Zinedine Zidane in the final of the 1998 World Cup, Didier Deschamps' men fell against Portuguese who were without genius but who were more clinical ... Portugal was an opponent within their reach, not as strong as Germany, but in football it's unfortunately not always the best team that lifts the cup."
Sud Ouest (France): "The broken dream."
"This team that finished third in their pool, this squad that will, in the end, only have won one game in normal time, succeeded in its final... They're not a dreadful winner but it's not certain that the team best team won this Sunday July 10. Like at Euro 2004, when Greece came and imposed themselves in Portugal."
Le Figaro (France): "The dream was broken."
"Regrets. Eternal. To July 9 2006, July 10 2016 will from now on have to be added to the list of unhappy dates. Terribly frustrating. Where France got tripped up by the final step. The one leading to glory."
A Bola (Portugal): "Pride of Portugal."
A Bola share their pride. pic.twitter.com/hOtp8Li2Hj- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 11, 2016
"Everyone was a hero."
O Jogo (Portugal): "Eternal."
"Sunday began with a jackpot of medals at the [IAAF European Athletics] and ended in an explosion of heroism and happiness."
Record (Portugal): "Epic."
"We are European champions! The conquest of our first title ever was achieved in the home of the host team with a goal scored by Eder after 109 minutes and with Cristiano Ronaldo out of play since minute 25."
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