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Euro 2016 Final: Cristiano Ronaldo told me I'd score the winner, says Portugal's Eder

Paris: Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Portugal`s Euro 2016 hero Eder would score the winning goal in their 1-0 extra-time triumph over France and gave him the encouragement to settle Sunday`s final.

Eder came on in the 79th minute and, having played only 13 minutes at the tournament before his introduction, struck the winner with a venomous long-range strike in the 109th minute.

Portugal were outsiders to win the final and were dealt a significant blow early on when their talismanic captain Ronaldo had to be replaced through injury in the 25th minute.

Eder, who plays for French side Lille, said his captain`s words had inspired him to make the decisive contribution.

"(Ronaldo) told me I would score the winning goal for the team," the striker told O Jogo. "He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital.

"It was a goal I`ve been working for from the first minute of the Euros.

"For all the work we did, for all of the Portuguese, it`s fantastic," he added. "It`s well deserved and we should all be congratulated."

France had better chances in regular time but were unable to capitalise on their superiority despite Ronaldo`s exit.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos brought on Eder for Renato Sanches and he broke the deadlock in the extra period after muscling his way past defender Laurent Koscielny before firing a low right-foot shot into the corner of Hugo Lloris`s goal.

"The disappointment is immense," his club Lille wrote on their official Twitter account, "but there is considerable pride to be able to count such an attacker in our ranks."

Eder`s winner gave Portugal their first major title and ended a run of 10 straight defeats by France since 1975.

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Euro Cup 2016 points table

Team P D W L Pts.
France 3 1 2 0 7
Switzerland 3 2 1 0 5
Albania 3 0 1 2 3
Romania 3 1 0 2 1
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Wales 3 0 2 1 6
England 3 2 1 0 5
Slovakia 3 1 1 1 4
Russia 3 1 0 2 1
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Germany 3 1 2 0 7
Poland 3 1 2 0 7
Northern Ireland 3 0 1 2 3
Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0
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Croatia 3 1 2 0 7
Spain 3 0 2 1 6
Turkey 3 0 1 2 3
Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 1
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Belgium 3 0 2 1 6
Italy 3 0 2 1 6
Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 4
Sweden 3 1 0 2 1
Team P D W L Pts.
Hungary 3 2 1 0 5
Iceland 3 2 1 0 5
Portugal 3 3 0 0 3
Austria 3 1 0 2 1

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