A fitting final for a relatively dull Euro 2016, writes Liam Apicella
When all is said and done, that was a final in keeping with the majority of the tournament — largely uninspiring.
Although, to be fair to Portugal, to beat the hosts in their own backyard without your talisman for much of the contest is a fantastic achievement.
As you’ll be well aware, pre-season friendlies are already under way, but before we completely close the book on Euro 2016, here are a few accolades.
Best Player - Pepe (Portugal): I have not seen this player’s name mentioned for the overall award elsewhere, but without him, Portugal would not have been lifting that trophy on Sunday.
There were very little of the theatrics that we have been become accustomed to from Pepe in a Real Madrid shirt.
Instead, he concentrated solely on defending and did that brilliantly.
Best Goal - Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland): Sorry Wales fans, but your man Hal Robson-Kanu just falls short.
Shaqiri’s acrobatic effort against Poland in the last 16 had a fantastic blend of technique and power, leaving Lukasz Fabianski no chance.
Best Match - France v Germany: A semi-final that provided plenty of entertainment.
The Germans are probably still wondering how they didn’t win.
Surprise Package - Iceland: To reach the quarter-finals of any major international tournament with a population of just 330,000 is nothing short of remarkable.
On top of that, they also provided us with commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson.
Biggest Disappointment - England: Enough said!