We Were Not Clinical Enough in the Euro Final: France Manager

He scored a last-gasp victor in the tournament opener against Romania to set the tone for Didier Deschamps' men and struck again, this time in the sixth minute of injury time, against Albania before adding his third of the tournament in the quarter-final win over Iceland.

It was left to him to lead teams not bursting with world-class stars or an abundance of talent and he helped take them close; semi-final defeats in the World Cup of 2006 and Euro 2008 and the galling loss on home soil to outsiders Greece in the final of Euro 2004.

It was a magic moment for the 28-year-old, who plays for French club Lille after a largely unglamorous career, and a cruel blow for France and their coach Didier Deschamps. We believed in the people who taught us many things, with humility, union, sacrifice and desire.

Sports paper O Jogo gave its headline "Eternal" with a picture of the whole team.

France had won their last 10 meetings with the Portuguese since going down 2-0 in a friendly back in 1975, and their head-to-head record includes victories in all three clashes at major competitions.

Ronaldo's early departure deprived him of the chance to beat Michel Platini's record of nine goals in European Championship finals, but he leaves with the most important prize.

And ex-France worldwide Christophe Dugarry said he thought at the time that Ronaldo's withdrawal with a knee injury was going to be the turning point of the match.

"He gave me strength and positive energy".

Ronaldo's tears of pain and anguish as he was carried off turned to tears of joy at the final whistle.

"We needed someone to play up in the air to make it harder for the French later on".

"They have quality and ability, along with our coach's strategy to win". And Lloris was the latest to raise questions about the manner of Portugal's wins.

The players knew. But could they know just how good, how great, how determined Ronaldo would become to be considered amongst the best of all time?

Griezmann, 25, finished with the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer.

The 24-team format offers UEFA an extra advantage by attracting more broadcasters, which is the main reason why revenue at Euro 2016 has increased by 34 percent to 1.93 billion euros compared with Euro 2012.

A bigger tournament has meant increasing the number of ordinary, undistinguished matches to the point where they nearly seem to merge into each other. Euro 2020, the 16th tournament, will be held in 13 cities in 13 different countries from Azerbaijan to Wales.

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