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Are Portugal deserving winners of the EURO 2016?

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins his first major trophy in international colors after Portugal beat France in their backyard in the finals of the EURO16 on Sunday.

Ex-Swansea City striker Eder was the man of the hour as he thumped an emphatic finish past Hugo Lloris in the 109th minute of the game giving Portugal a their first major trophy since the turn of the decade.

It was a sweet victory for the fans of the team which faced a similar situation in the same competition 12 years ago. Portugal were ironically beaten in their home ground in the finals of the EURO-04 by a single goal as Greece, who were lucky to even be in the final went all the way to complete one of the biggest upsets in the world of the sport.

It is safe to say that they avenged the pain of Lisbon all those years ago but were they worthy of this glory? Or is their criticism justified?

Just as in 2004, the big guns were all gone in the build up to the semi-final as Wales and Portugal managed to set up a semi-final to play the winner of Germany or France, the other semi-final.

The teams which were known for their style of play and pretty football have at times not been able to dominate this competition over the years and it was the same story this year.

However, Portugal went on their merry way just managing stay insight of the next round. Three draws with Iceland, Austria and Hungary could only secure third place in Group E but that was enough to set up a Round of 16 game against Croatia.

They were extremely lucky to even stay in the game in normal time and as if it were written, they scored in the 117th minute of the game with their first strike on target as they sent Croatia out of the tournament.

Then came Poland who were equally lucky to get into that stage after they beat Switzerland in the earlier knock-out round. It took penalties to separate both teams and Portugal held on to their nerve to set-up a semifinal clash with another surprising name in Wales.

They were not dominant in that game but managed to sneak in a 2-0 victory after Cristiano Ronaldo put them in front in an end to end game. This was one of the easiest roads to a final a team can get and Portugal were lucky to get there.

Unlike Greece, who were complete underdogs in almost every game, Portugal were given no chance in just the final which they managed to sneak in a goal, again in extra-time to write their name in history.

Without a recognized centre-forward and without a particular style of play, Fernando Santos and Cristiano Ronaldo up to an extent were able to lift the team to glory. It was hardly a victory that announced the team as a new superpower but it will not be remembered and talked about any less than any of the other victories.

Greece were tagged one of the most undeserving winners of the competition and yet just 12 years later, the EURO produced another edition that saw a team win the tournament after managing to win just one out of 6 games in normal time.

It does bring out the beauty of football, i.e giving the underdogs an equal chance, but having too many winners who may not have deserved it is not good marketing for the competition.

Do you think Portugal deserved their victory in the EUROs?

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