The Euro 2016 final served up an interesting 90minutes entertainment rendevouz yesterday, as Portugal defeated France 1-0 to lift the trophy with an Eder goal in the second half of extra time clinching the game for Portugal.
The win wcanbe termed as a remarkable event giving the fact that their skipper, Cristiano Ronaldo, had to be taken off the field in the first half, following an injury.
Having said that, here are 5 things we learnt from the game;
Asides Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, we can all agre hat Team Portugal, are lacking in quality players. However, Fernando Santos, put all doubts to rest when he showed the world his best coaching skills yet, by making use of his midfielders where they were actually needed, on the wing and wingers as an impact substitution.
Ronaldo and Nani, who are wingers up top, were as usual employed to stretch the opponents defence. Even when Ronaldo, had to be taken off the field, after being injured and Quaresma was brought in as his replacement, the players kept everything in check with their reward coming when Eder, who was substitute, came on the field and scored the winning goal.
To many, Eder, would never make the top 200 strikers in the world, but he proved everyone wrong that he is got game in him. Nobody believed in him, including me as I faulted his substitution but he came on and tormented the French defence all night, till he scored the winning goal in the second half of extra time to send Portugal to dreamland, therefore writing his name in the Portuguese history books. To imagine he couldn’t get a game at Swansea and was most recently sold to Lille is quite astonishing. Bigups lad
Ronaldo, has always been the key man in the Portugese team as he remains their highest goal scorer in history, and with such brilliance, everyone expected taht he would be the one to lead the Portuguese team to glory but that, unfortunately, never happened, as he got injured early in the first half following a kick from Payet. Although he tried to come back to playing after being traeted, he couldn’t continue and had to be substituted. It ought to break the Portugese squad but it didn’t as the players, marshalled by Pepe and Nani played their hearts out in the absence of their mercurial captain, and deservedly won the game.
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Would Ronaldo, make a very good coach someday? You can say that again. His injury was expected to break him but, he refused to be broken as he stood on the touchline all game barking out instructions to his teammates, thereby encouraging them to get the job done. Even with his leg bandaged, he wasn’t distracted as he refused to settle down, ensuring that his team became winners by the end of the night. Can we say it paid off? You wouldn’t be wrong as he knew he had to play his part off the pitch to help his team win his first international trophy for his country. Remarkable.
I am definitely a big fan of Pogba, in-fact he is a player that will improve any team due to his style of play but, I feel valuing him at 100million pounds is pure criminology. Pogba is very good but I strongly doubt that he is worth anything close to 100million pounds. He was quite anonymous yesterday like he’s been all tournament and surely did not do his market any good. He has the talent, he has the guile but if you’d spend 100m on any player, he should be close to perfect as no one is perfect and as for Pogba, he still has huge flaws to be worth that amount. No disrespect.
It was a game expected to be dominated by the Ronaldos, the Griezmanns, Payet, Pogba unfortunately, Newcastle man Sissoko was head and shoulders above the rest. He was a menace to Guerreiro all night and seemed like France’s only hope to carve something out. Unfortunately, his efforts were time and again thwarted by Rui Patricio. He was definitely unfortunate to be on the losing side but he has definitely sold himself to big clubs who would sure be knocking on Newcastle’s door for his signature this summer.