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Portugal Euro 2016 Champion

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Having scraped through Group F with three draws, Portugal needed extra time to get beyond Croatia and book their place in the quarter-finals against Poland which they won 5-3 on penalties.

Portugal didn't win one single game in 90 minutes until the Semi Final against Wales, which they won 2-0 in normal time. They became the Euro 2016 champions after beating France 1-0 in extra time in the Final on the 10th July 2016.

Portugal Euro 2016 Match Results

Team ATeam BResultRound
PortugalIceland1-1Group Stage
PortugalAustria0-0Group Stage
HungaryPortugal3-3Group Stage
CroatiaPortugal0-1Round of 16
PolandPortugal1-1 (5-3 penalties)Quarter-Final
PortugalWales2-0Semi-Final
PortugalFrance1-0 (aet)Final

Euro 2016 Fixtures

Portugal fell at the first hurdle at the 2014 World Cup, but they did better than that here having been handed a somewhat favourable draw for the group stage. They kicked things off on Tuesday, June 14 with a match against Iceland and four days later they took on Austria. Portugal then wrapped up their group campaign with a match against Hungary on Wednesday, June 22.

GROUP F RESULTS

Full results and match reports for Portugal's fixtures in Group F.

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Top 3 bets Pre-Tournament

1) Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals in Portugal’s successful qualifying campaign, with Joao Moutinho next up with two goals, so it is no shock to see the Real Madrid man being priced up at 1/2 to be Portugal’s top goalscorer at the Euros. Backing him at those odds is solid enough.

2) However, a better option is taking Coral’s Even money about Portugal winning the group. While they hardly blew away the opposition during qualifying, they did show some mettle as they reeled off seven straight victories. 

Austria are their main threat for top spot in Group F but there is a lack of experience in this Austrian side when it comes to major tournaments and that could show here.

3) Finally, bet365’s 6/5 about Portugal reaching the quarter-final looks like a good bet. Portugal have reached the last eight at least in each of their last eight Euros and despite the fact a round of 16 has been introduced for the expanded 2016 tournament, they should at least reach the quarters in France.

Portugal squad announced

Each team must confirm a 23-man squad, featuring three goalkeepers, at least 10 days before the opening match of the tournament on June 10.

Click here to check latest updates on the Portuguese Starting XI for the Euro 2016.

Key Players

Nani and William Carvalho will be key players for Portugal at Euro 2016, but the fact is they will once again be relying heavily on that man Cristiano Ronaldo. For all of his accolades at club level, the former Manchester United star has never had that truly breakout campaign at an international competition that has put him in the running for Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament awards. 

Portugal need him to shine in France. If he does, they could do well. If he does not, they could be a team that shows up, plays a few games and makes a fairly quick return home.

How Portugal Qualified for 2016

Portugal made a miserable start to qualifying as they fell to a surprise 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Albania, but they bounced back by reeling off seven straight wins – all by a one goal margin – to finish top of Group I, seven points clear of the second-placed Albanians.

It took a Cristiano Ronaldo goal deep into added time to lift them to a 1-0 win over Denmark in their second qualifying outing, and the Portuguese relied on the Real Madrid star once again in their next outing as his second-half goal proved to be enough to see off Armenia.

Ronaldo was not on target when they hosted Serbia, but goals from Ricardo Carvalho and Fabio Coentrao either side of a Nemanja Matic strike handed them a 2-1 victory, but the Real Madrid star was back among the goals when they visited Armenia, rattling in a hat-trick as Portugal saw off a spirited Armenian side 3-2.

It was hardly vintage stuff at this point but the Portuguese had built up some momentum and an added-time goal from Miguel Veloso handed them a 1-0 win in Albania, before a second-half striker from Joao Moutinho made it six straight victories with a 1-0 victory against Denmark.

Portugal went into their final game already assured of a place in the European Championships, but they did reel off one more victory as Joao Moutinho netted the winner 12 minutes from time after Zoran Tosic had cancelled out an early goal from ex-Manchester United man Nani.

How have Portugal fared at the European Championships?

Portugal have never been crowned European champions but they have successfully negotiated the group stage in their last five Euros. A quarter-final appearance in 1996 was followed up by a run to the semi-finals four years later, and it was in 2004 – when they hosted the tournament – that 
Portugal produced their best performance yet. 

Expectations were high going into that tournament but they made a poor start with a defeat to Greece. They rebounded with wins over Russia and Spain to march into the knockout stage, and they then booked their place in the final with wins over England and the Netherlands. Many expected them to avenge the opening-game loss to Greece in the final, but they crashed to a 1-0 loss as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament was completed.

Since then Portugal have managed a quarter-final appearance in 2008 and a semi-final outing in 2012.
And finally... Fun fact about this team

The 2000 European Championships was not a pleasant experience for former coach Paulo Bento, who was suspended for six months by UEFA for swearing at a match official during the semi-final tie with France. A penalty kick was awarded to the French in the final minutes of extra-time, infuriating 

Bento and his players. Zinedine Zidane converted the spot-kick and UEFA then came down hard on the Portugal boss to add to his misery.

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