​When Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off in the first half of Sunday's Euro 2016 final, Portugal looked all but dead and buried. 


Just two hours later though, the underdogs were ecstatic as they lifted a major international trophy for the first time in their country's history thanks to Eder's strike in the 109th minute. 

​Speaking after the match, the Lille forward credited his captain and leader Ronaldo for giving him the strength to score the vital goal, saying: "(Ronaldo) told me I would score the winning goal for the team. 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. It's well deserved and we should all be congratulated." 


Eder's club took to social media after the match to express their mixed emotions - congratulating their man, but admitting disappointment at the stunning end result. 

Portugal defender Cedric Soares ​also paid tribute to the Real Madrid maestro, saying that his 'unbelievable' speech at half-time lifted the squad after the shock of losing their talisman, spurring them on to an incredible and unlikely win over the hosts. 


He said: "It was a very tough moment. I remember, for me and the team, everybody was a little bit in shock I think. In half-time, Cristiano had fantastic words for us. He gave us a lot of confidence and said 'listen people, I'm sure we will win, so stay together and fight for it.' 


"It was really unbelievable. I think all the team had a fantastic attitude. And we showed tonight when you fight as one you are much much stronger." 


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