Our goalkeeper and skipper saw his dreams of lifting a major international trophy ended by Eder’s long-range strike at the Stade de France.
It proved to be a frustrating night all-round for the 29-year-old, who pulled off a double-save to deny Nani and Ricardo Quaresma with the game goalless on 80 minutes before seeing team-mate André-Pierre Gignac hit the post in added time.
Always thoughtful and considered in his post-match reckoning, Hugo – who became the first ever Spurs player to start a major international tournament final – put on a brave face after the game and said: “We’re very disappointed with the result today but that’s football. Sometimes it can be very cruel and the only thing that we can say is that we’ve done our best until the end.
“We tried but unfortunately we needed to be a bit more clinical.
“Obviously we wanted to finish with this trophy to make everyone proud but I think we can keep our chins up because we’ve done our best until the end. It’s true that we’ve had some great moments and shared a lot of emotion with our fans and that’s fantastic.”
Above: Hugo leaves a hotel with his French international team-mates on their way to visit Elysee Palace in Paris today (Monday, July 11).