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Euro 2016 - Final heartbreak for Hugo

10 July 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris made history by becoming the first ever Spurs player to start a major international tournament final at Euro 2016 on Sunday night (July 10) – but there was to be no fairytale as he and his French compatriots lost 1-0 to Portugal after extra time in Saint-Denis.

Aiming for what would have been a third piece of international silverware on home soil following their victories in the 1984 European Championship and the 1998 FIFA World Cup, host nation France controlled much of the 90 minutes before losing out to substitute Eder’s long-range effort shortly after the break in the additional half-hour period.

Hugo had largely been a spectator in the early stages at the Stade de France but unexpectedly snapped into action on 80 minutes to claw away Nani’s effort from wide on the right, before denying Ricardo Quaresma on the follow-up.

Les Bleus almost snatched victory in stoppage time at the end of the 90 minutes when André-Pierre Gignac hit the post but after seeing the game slip into extra-time with the deadlock yet to be broken, Raphael Guerreiro hit the woodwork with a free-kick for Portugal and 60 seconds later Eder drilled into the bottom corner from outside the box.

There was to be no way back for France after that, leaving Hugo, who played every minute of the tournament for Didier Deschamps’ side as captain, to reflect on what might have been.