game went on after Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off in the 25th minute, Portugal grew in strength, and its excellent keeper, Rui Patricio, never looked like he would be beaten even if
France had a 17-6 edge in shots.
Portugal's first serious chances didn't come until the 80th minute when keeper Hugo Lloris had to make a double save on Nani and Ricardo Quaresma, Ronaldo's replacement, but after it survived Andre-Pierre Gignac's shot off the post in stoppage time, it created the best chances in overtime.
Raphael Guerreiro, who was born and raised and has played all his soccer in France, hit the crossbar in the 108th minute and Eder won the game a minute later.
The European Championship has never been known as a goalfest -- only twice in the 10 times it's been organized as a full-blown tournament has it averaged as many as 2.5 goals a game -- but the average of 2.12 goals per game -- the lowest in 20 years -- was all the more dreadful because it covered 20 more games to accommodate the expanded field of 24 teams.
Four of the five first-time finalists at Euro 2016 made the knockout stage, and Iceland and Wales won fans around the world. But they were ultimately put in their place by France and Portugal, respectively.
If anyone could rescue Euro 2016, it was the hosts, but they blew it. Winners in 1984 and again in 2000, the Bleus had the chance to again be European champions 16 years ago.
"We must not throw everything that we've done away," said France coach Didier Deschamps, "but we threw away a great chance to be European champions -- not the only one, but a great one."
No team had more talent than the French, but they will be remembered as underachievers, even after winning five games, tying Switzerland in a game they didn't need to win and losing to Portugal in overtime of their seventh and final game. France trailed -- 65 minutes -- less than Portugal led at Euro 2016 but it failed in joining Germany and Spain as the only three-time European champions.
With the exception of Moussa Sissoko whom English fans could hardly recognize from his play for relegated Newcastle United, no French player played above himself in the final.
All the French stars disappointed, beginning with Paul Pogba, who was the tournament's major bust. Dimitri Payet scored in France's first two games and added a third goal against Iceland but was quickly subbed in the second half against Portugal for Bayern Munich starlet Kingsley Coman, who was dangerous for 15 minutes, then faded.
Antoine Griezmann, the tournament's top scorer with six goals, lost his magic touch in the final. Rui Patricio stopped him in the first half but when Coman set up on a platter in the 66th minute Griezmann couldn't put his header on target.
France never looked like it was going to score in overtime and cracked when central defenders Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti, who had shut down Germany in the semifinals, were beaten badly on Eder's on goal.
What could have France don't differently? From the team that started the started the tournament, Deschamps made only two changes for the final, replacing Adil Rami with Umtiti and N'Golo Kante with Sissoko after both were suspended for the Iceland game.
France could have used Kante, a holding midfielder, against Portugal so Blaise Matuidi and Pogba could have moved forward, but who would have Deschamps taken out of the lineup if not Sissoko, who was France's best player after Griezmann in the semifinal against Germany?
Deschamps was all set to bring on Kante as his third sub in the second overtime when Eder put Portugal ahead. We'll never know what Kante could have added to the French attack. After Eder scored, Deschamps replaced Sissoko with Anthony Martial, who added nothing in the final 11 minutes.