From ticketless moths to manager Ronaldo: Twitter reacts as Portugal win Euro

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 11:53 IST
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and forward Ricardo Quaresma hold the trophy after Portugal beat France in the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France in Paris on July 10, 2016. (AFP)

The European Championships came to an end last night, with Portugal scraping past hosts France in a match that threatened to burst into life but never really got its spark.

The first dampener of the night came in the 8th minute when a crunching challenge by Payet on Ronaldo left the Portuguese with their hearts in their mouths. Their worst fears were realized when their talisman had to be taken off on a stretcher off after 25 minutes, his heartbroken expression saying it all.

But several wasted chances later, with both teams hitting the post multiple times, and the game descending into a rigid midfield battle, Portugal scored their winner from the unlikeliest of sources. Eder, with his first shot on goal of the tournament, scored a rocket winner past Lloris, cueing wild celebrations; even Ronaldo meandered down the touchline, soaking in the magnitude of what was about to happen.

And with a generally dry match on offer, you would trust Twitter to liven it up. Here are some of the best reactions.

Even before the match started, the ground was abuzz with, erm, moths…

As the match disappointed, most of the focus was on Ronaldo’s injury.

The moths got in on this one too, when one landed right on Ronaldo’s face…


Even though he was off the field, Ronaldo’s ‘second-manager’-esque antics on the touchline earned him quite a few extra mentions…

For the hosts, however, it was a hugely dispiriting end to what had been an exciting run to the Paris final.

For Ronny and co. it was redemption after several near-misses.

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