A fine run for France at the 2016 European Championships ended in tears as the host nation was beaten 1 – 0 by Portugal on Sunday 10 July in the final staged at the Stade de France.
Didier Deschamps, who led France to Euro glory in 2000 as skipper, just two years after leading the team to the world title, was hoping to add this to his CV as coach and in the end, he was left gutted at the chances his players put to waste.
Les Bleus were dominant for most of the match though signs of fatigue crept in towards the end but Deschamps says that cannot be an excuse.
“Even if we were a little bit tired, that’s not an excuse,” said Deschamps.
“It came down to tiny details – it was a close match. It’s a great disappointment for it to end now.”
France created the best chances, with Antoine Griezmann twice denied by goalkeeper Rui Patricio and substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac hitting a post before Eder’s brilliant winner from 25 yards in extra time.
“We had chances to score, and the last one fell to Gignac,” added Deschamps. “We had chances, as did the Portuguese, but unfortunately they scored.
“We must not throw everything that we’ve done away, but we threw away a great chance to be European champions – not the only one, but a great one.”