After a night of great celebrations Portugal’s EURO CUP Champions led by Cristiano Ronaldo returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday and a country overjoyed by their upset win over France.
Tens of thousands of fans took over the streets of Lisbon waving red and green national flags to mark the historic victory set up by substitute Eder’s extra-time goal that stunned the host country on Sunday night in the final of Euro 2016.
Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured and crying early in the game, hugged the trophy on the special flight that took the Portuguese team home.
Thousands of fans waited to greet the team who won Portugal’s first international trophy.
Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos were first to emerge with the trophy. Man-of-the-match defender Pepe carried the prize down the steps, where the 23-man squad boarded an open-top bus to start a victory parade.
Star midfielder Paul Pogba wore gold-framed glasses as he waited in the courtyard of the Elysee palace. Defender Lucas Digne blew bubbles with his chewing gum as he waited.
Neither country could barely believe the result.
Portugal’s dreams of lifting the Henri Delaunay Trophy looked to have taken a shattering blow when Ronaldo, their captain and talisman, fell to the ground in agony in the eighth minute following a clattering challenge from Dimitri Payet.
After twice going off for treatment and trying to come back, Ronaldo was definitively carried off, covering his face as the tears welled up.
But for all France’s dominance Portugal stood firm thanks to Pepe and a string of dramatic saves from goalkeeper Rui Patricio.