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…
Wonder if these moths had to pay for tickets...pic.twitter.com/NQVbzvreBB— 90min (@90min_Football) July 10, 2016
As the match disappointed, most of the focus was on Ronaldo’s injury.
Time for UEFA to change the name from Euros to Dementors. Both feed upon human happiness.— Chelsea Action (@ChelseaAction) July 10, 2016
It doesn't matter what Ronaldo said about Iceland, this is absolutely heart-breaking. We feel so sorry for him, devastating for this legend.— Icelandic Football (@icelandfootball) July 10, 2016
Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it's nothing too bad 🙏🏼— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 10, 2016
The moths got in on this one too, when one landed right on Ronaldo’s face…
Yes Ronaldo is injured, but the show moth go on pic.twitter.com/kA1A9l7WAR— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) July 10, 2016
The Ronaldo moth has just been subject of a £50m bid from Chinese Club Guangzhou Evergrande.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 10, 2016
Jesus Christ, Twitter. pic.twitter.com/IHSQAbgwWJ— Rich Leigh (@RichLeighPR) July 10, 2016
Even though he was off the field, Ronaldo’s ‘second-manager’-esque antics on the touchline earned him quite a few extra mentions…
Cristiano Ronaldo is soon to be the first ever person to win the Ballon d'or and manager of the year surely... pic.twitter.com/ds1VZC1oLg— footbilly (@footbilly) July 10, 2016
For the hosts, however, it was a hugely dispiriting end to what had been an exciting run to the Paris final.
Who are you and what have you done with the real Sissoko?— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) July 10, 2016
To France’s credit, it usually surrenders a lot earlier in the battle.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) July 10, 2016
For Ronny and co. it was redemption after several near-misses.