Euro 2016: Portugal invites bereft France fan to visit

Portugal won UEFA Euro 2016 in tribute to its injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the star's team-mate Pepe.

Water in the Portuguese colours of green and red was sacked over the plane as it landed in Lisbon following Sunday evening's 1-0 extra-time win over hosts France at Saint-Denis.

The XI was made up exclusively of players from the four semi-finalists, with Germany's Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng and Toni Kroos joining Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio and defenders Pepe and Raphael Guerreiro as the others in the team.

Portugal have somewhat erased their harsh memories of the Euro 2004 final defeat to Greece, which left the Real Madrid striker crying on the pitch. "I asked God for another chance at this because we deserved it", he told reporters.

A panel of technical observers that included David Moyes, Alex Ferguson and Gareth Southgate picked Griezmann above the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo for the award. Pepe might have been adjudged the Man of the Match but had it not been for the 28-year old custodian's heroics, Portugal might have ended the tournament as runner-up.

Ronaldo's mum Dolores Aveiro took to Twitter to slam the French opposition for needlessly rough play.

After both sides failed to score goals in the regulation time, substitute Eder struck the match-winning goal to propel Portugal to Euro Cup glory. "I'm really, really happy to be part of this group and be champion", he said. He always has confidence and is positive and that's what he gave us'.

Top scorer Antoine Griezmann makes an appearance as does, somewhat surprisingly, Dimitri Payet who blew hot and cold throughout the tournament.

They were due to meet President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who said he would honour them with an award for distinguished acts of public service.

And speaking after their success, Ricardo Quaresma spoke of his admiration for Ronaldo after Portugal were crowned European champions.