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Clinical Portugal tops Scotland in friendly

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Alex McLeish is in a world of hurt as manager of Scotland as they fell at home to Portugal 3-1 after a host of missed opportunities and defensive errors. The visitors were at less than full strength, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva.

Scotland started the game in Hampden brightly and nearly had the opener as Beto was forced to make a save on his own man Sergio Oliveira. Portugal found its way into the game and missed a few chances before they bagged the first just before halftime as Wolverhampton winger Helder Costa beat Andrew Robertson to the far post where he cut inside and met Kévin Rodrigues’ cross for a sliding finish.

The hosts had chances, as Scott McKenna missed a header after the break. That would prove costly, as Portugal struck again with 19 minutes remaining through Eder. Stephen O’Donnell was the culprit as Eder beat him to the far post on a Renato Sanchez free-kick, earning an open header.

Finally, in the 84th minute, Portugal found a third as a giveaway in the midfield allowed the visitors to break. Bruma took the ball down the left flank and turned Graeme Shinnie completely around before unleashing a powerful shot into the top corner. Steven Naismith grabbed a consolation in stoppage time but the damage had been done.

The loss is the sixth in the last eight for McLeish, who admitted he was at fault for the recent struggles. “It’s never easy to lose and that was a tough weekend,” said McLeish after the match. “I have to stand up and be brave and take it forward. There’s other examples of managers being under the cosh – Michael O’Neil and the Russian camp and Stanislav Cherchesov persevered. I’ll always retain that determination.”

“It’s basic errors that we made and that is the disappointing aspect of it,” said McLeish of the mistakes at the back. “You expect the top teams to cut you open with majestic skills, but we were the perpetrators of our own mistakes. I thought there was a lot of good football. We had a good game plan, we were compact, we pressed when we had a chance to press. I know there was a few Portugal players rested but there was a still a hell of a lot of money out on that pitch.”

New video arrives showing Lloris injured before Eder’s EURO goal

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At the risk of tooting my own horn, count me among the few who thought Hugo Lloris might’ve done a bit better on Eder‘s EURO winning goal.

It wasn’t a howler. But the French goalkeeper, one of the best in the world, seemed a tad slow to explode toward the right post when Eder let rip with a new legendary Portuguese shot.

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It seems there’s good reason for this, as Lloris was injured just before the goal. Raphael Guerriero bent a gorgeous free kick off the cross bar, as you might remember, one that sent the goalkeeper clattering into the goal post.

This new video shows the Spurs goalkeeper favoring his right side or leg for the next minute, and that’s the leg he uses to drive his body low toward Eder’s bounding shot.

What do you think? Did it make a difference? Or was Eder’s shot plenty good on merit?

WATCH: Portugal’s Eder bounces EURO-winning goal past Lloris, France

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Portugal has won its first major international trophy, as this goal from Eder secured EURO 2016 on Sunday.

Hosts France were widely expected to triumph, but Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio was outstanding all game long before Eder found a singular moment of brilliance.

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Watch the video above to see the moment of magic play out.

Patricio, Eder help Ronaldo-less Portugal to EURO 2016 crown

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Eder scored a goal in the 109th minute to lift Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal to its first ever major tournament title, a 1-0 win over host France as EURO 2016 concluded on Sunday.

The substitute’s fourth international goal in 29 caps was enough for Portugal thanks to the outstanding goalkeeping of Rui Patricio, who was credited with seven saves.

Ronaldo’s injury came in the opening 10 minutes when Dimitri Payet surprised Ronaldo with a tackle. The captain went down and clutched his knee, briefly leaving the field twice before finally exiting in the 25th.

Moments later, Antoine Griezmann forced Rui Patricio into a fabulous save. The ensuing corner was headed at the keeper by Olivier Giroud.

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Portugal had problems containing a fit and motivated Moussa Sissoko, though the final ball continued to elude Les Bleus. Also instrumental in that failure to break through were center backs Pepe and Jose Fonte.

It’s easy to forget that so much of France’s tactics would’ve been focused on Ronaldo, and Didier Deschamps’ crew looked perplexed at times.

Kingsley Coman came on for an ineffective Payet with a half-hour to play and changed the game, his 66th minute cross nearly headed home by Griezmann.

Giroud slipped down the left of the box to force Patricio into another solid save, and the 75th minute saw France looking more likely to find the opener.

Hugo Lloris was called into action for the first time in a great deal of time and looked shaky in dealing with an 80th minute chip from Nani but scooped up an ensuing overhead kick to keep it 0-0.

Sissoko teed up a blast in the 84th, but Patricio dove to make a two-handed parry. And Andre-Pierre Gignac worked Pepe before hitting a stoppage time ball off the far post. Was fortune on Portugal’s side?

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Extra time found, well, a continued dearth of excitement. It took almost the entire first period for a moment of import, as Eder was robbed by Lloris.

Referee Mark Clattenberg misread handball on Eder as one on Laurent Koscielny, and Raphael Guerrero almost scored on the resulting free kick. The crossbar won the battle, though.

Eder found the goal though moments later, shrugging off a pull to carry to the middle of the pitch and lash a shot past a diving Lloris. It wasn’t the finest moment for the Spurs keeper.

An injury to Guerrero left Portugal down to 10 men in the final moments of the match, but it was not to be for France.

Transfer news: Man United want James; Chelsea seeking reinforcements

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If you believe the reports — and maybe you shouldn’t — Manchester United remain the most desperate club in the world just dying to spend another cool $100 million on one or two superstars, on top of the $350 million or so they’ve already spent with Louis Van Gaal at the helm. Today, it’s Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez to whom the Red Devils are linked, by the Express, for a fee of nearly $90 million.

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Updating a rumor from Saturday, Chelsea are now believed to be interested in Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva this season, on loan, according to the Daily Star. Despite currently holding a 21-point lead in Ligue 1, PSG might be hesitant to send their most experienced defender on loan to the Blues, as the two sides are set to square off in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 next month. The Daily Mail is reporting the Blues’ loan move for Alexandre Pato is also in the works.

Also from the Express, Manchester City are said to be closing in on the signing of Spain under-21 striker Ianki Williams from Athletic Bilbao. Man City are said to be undeterred by Williams’ contract buyout clause of nearly $65 million. Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly Williams’ other suitors.

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Leicester City’s quest for Champions League qualification continues, as the Foxes once again sit atop the Premier League table with 23 of 38 games played. Rather than selling in January, or simply standing pat, Sky Sport Italia is reporting Leicester are ready to pay $12 million for Sampdoria striker Eder in an attempt to provide proper cover for leading goalscorers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

U.S. national team defender John Brooks is in high demand himself, as Champions League regulars Schalke are said to be lining up the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for Joel Matip, who is reportedly nearing a move to Liverpool.