Euro 2016: The 10 most memorable moments from the tournament in pictures
After a month of breathtaking football, Portugal have buried the ghosts of their Euro final defeat against Greece 12 years ago by lifting their first major trophy. It was an emotional occasion for the Portuguese team as they battled the hosts and tournament favourites, France, without their captain and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as he had to be withdrawn due to an injury.
The tournament was memorable due the several factors but most notably due to the emphatic performances of some of the underdogs like Wales and Iceland. It was also the final international tournament for many players. In the end, Euro 2016 didn’t disappoint as it has given us plenty of memories to cherish for years to come. So here are the ten best moments of the tournament in pictures.
#1. Dimitri Payet’s sends Paris into delirium
Hosts France played Romania in the first game of Euro 2016. Romania came into the tournament by boasting the best defensive record in qualifying phase by conceding just two goals. Dimitri Payet didn’t know that for sure as he set up the hosts first of the night and then scored the winning goal in the 89th minute of the game with a belter. This set the tone of the tournament and raised the roof of Stad de France.