July 11, 2016 / 10:01 AM / 3 years ago

Portuguese media hails team after Euro 2016 triumph

(Reuters) - Portugal’s triumphant football team arrive home later on Monday on a plane named after the country’s late football legend Eusebio and will continue their celebrations after the dramatic win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.

Football Soccer - Portugal v France - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Ricardo Quaresma, Nani, Rui Patricio and the trophy after winning Euro 2016 REUTERS/Carl RecineLivepic

Local media have kicked off the heroes’ welcome, with Publico newspaper declaring “10th of July, Portugal’s Day” with a photograph of Eder celebrating the match-winning goal in the 109th minute that gave the country a first European title.

Sports paper O Jogo gave its headline “Eternal” with a picture of the whole team.

“Sunday began with a jackpot of medals at the European Athletics championship and it ended with an explosion of heroics and happiness,” the daily wrote.

The Record had a picture of the players with the headline “Epic”, while another sports paper, A Bola, splashed an image of captain Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the Cup.

Ronaldo, who had his struggles in the tournament and left the final in the first half with a knee injury, did his part in helping the Portuguese in their famous run.

His two equalisers in a 3-3 draw with Hungary allowed them to advance from the group stage and also made him the first player to score in four editions of the tournament.

A tearful Ronaldo held the trophy in the Correio da Manha newspaper, which trumpeted: “The Euro is ours, we are the champions.”

Online, Jornal de Noticias showed coach Fernando Santos lifting the Cup with the headline “It’s ours!”.

“Ronaldo lifted a Cup made up of effort and tears,” the paper declared.

Reporting by Adriana Garcia; Editing by Ian Ransom

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