Quaresma crowned champions of Europe with Portugal!

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Updated: July 10, 2016

Beşiktaş star Ricardo Quaresma and his Portuguese teammates have won UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to a goal in the second half of extra time from the unlikeliest of heroes: Éder.

It didn’t look too good for the Portuguese early on though as their absolute star Cristiano Ronaldo twister his knee in a duel with Dimitri Payet. Ricardo Quaresma – who started on the bench – replaced Ronaldo halfway through the first half.

France – who were of course the hosts of the tournament – were the most dangerous side throughout regular time, with André-Pierre Gignac coming closest in second half stoppage time. Prior to that Rui “San” Patricio had already kept the Portuguese in the match with several excellent saves.

Portugal sat back praying on the counter throughout regular time but in the second half of extra time hit the post via an Eduardo freekick and in the 109th minute the unlikeliest of heroes – substitute Éder – put Portugal 1-0 up with a thunderous effort from 25 meters out.

The French were defeated both physically and mentally and couldn’t find an equalizer in the twelve minutes that remained them. Anthony Martial had a last grasp effort, but couldn’t test Rui Patricio.

Ricardo quaresma plummits to his knees after the fulltime whistle, overjoyed and overcome with emotion.

Ricardo quaresma plummits to his knees after the fulltime whistle, overjoyed and overcome with emotion.

Twelve years after losing the final of UEFA EURO 2004 in their own country, Portugal have now won their first ever major tournament.

Aside from Ricardo Quaresma – who scored the winning goal against Croatia in the 1/8 finals – two more players from the 2015/16 Turkish Süper Lig season were among the winners with Fenerbahçe’s Luis Nani and Bruno Alves (who have this summer both transferred to another club).

The Portuguese side lifting the UEFA EURO Trophy!

The Portuguese side lifting the UEFA EURO Trophy!

PARABÉNS PORTUGAL!

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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