France lost 1-0 to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

France "Champions of Europe" bus spotted before Euro 2016 final

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Following impressive victories over Iceland and Germany en route to the Euro 2016 final, very few expected anything less than France lifting the trophy.

Their opponents, Portugal, had recorded just a single victory on their own path to Sunday's showdown - a 2-0 win over Gareth Bale's Wales in the semi-finals.

Despite being armed with the mercurial Cristiano Ronaldo, the general consensus was they didn't stand a chance against Didier Deschamps' world-class squad.


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And yet, even after losing their captain in the 25th minute, Portugal eventually ran out unlikely winners thanks to Eder's 109th-minute strike.

The embarrassment didn't stop there for France, though, after footage emerged (see below) of a blue "Champions of Europe" open top bus cruising around the capital prior to the final.

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Such was France's confidence heading into the clash that they designed a bus to celebrate their seemingly inevitable glory. How embarrassing.

For Portugal manager Fernando Santos, Portugal were always capable of causing an upset, without or without Ronaldo.

He told ESPN: "I've always said we're a team. I never hide my thoughts -- I always tell my players what's on my mind.


"I've always told them we've got great talent but we need to fight more than our opponents, run more than them and be more concentrated than them.

"We have an amazing group. They've always believed what I told them: that we could win this."

As mentioned, Portugal's chances of success were lessened considerably when injury struck Ronaldo in the 25th minute.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

The 31-year-old was substituted off as a result, for which villian Dimitri Payet appeared anything but remorseful after the game.

"I came in for a tackle, full stop," he said, per the same source.

"I got the ball back, but if I hurt him it wasn't intentional -- it's not in my nature to be a nasty player on the pitch. There's no question about that."

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