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Sask. Portuguese fans celebrate country's first soccer title

Portuguese fans celebrated while French fans wondered what went wrong at the UEFA European final on Sunday.

Portugal stuns host nation France with extra time winner

Saskatchewan soccer fans applaud Portugal win

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Portuguese fans celebrated while French fans wondered what went wrong at the UEFA European final on Sunday.

Over at The Lobby Public House in Regina, Jeff and Jason Silva stood and watched as Portugal's captain and international superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off in the first half with an apparent knee injury.

The brothers were on pins and needles as the game crossed into extra time, before the game saw its first goal. In the 109th minute, Portugal's Eder cut through the French defense and struck a low shot from 25 metres past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at the Stade de France.

The Silva brothers erupted at the pub and Eder's goal stood as the game winner.

"I'm used to being disappointed. I'm just so happy," Jason said. "We'll be wearing our jerseys for the next month or so."
Jason and Jeff Silva celebrated their country's first major soccer title on Sunday after Portugal beat France at the UEFA Euro 2016 final. (Brian Rodgers/CBC)

Jeff told CBC he was in Portugal in 2004 when they hosted the tournament. It was also the last time Portugal was in the final.

"I'm a little emotional we've been waiting for Portugal to come through in a major championship," Jeff said. "I was there in 2004 when they lost to Greece, so to see them beat a team on their home soil, that's really big for us."
A Portuguese supporter kisses his team's logo after Portugal scores in extra time at the UEFA Euro 2016 final on Sunday. (Brian Rodgers/CBC)
Over at Winston's English Pub and Grill in Saskatoon there were more French supporters than Portugal fans.
French supporters at Winston's in Saskatoon were shocked when the hosts dropped the final to Portugal on Sunday. (CBC)

Kamil Rogowski has been following France throughout the tournament and he said the loss in the final came as a shock.

"I was surprised that Portugal won given the fact that they started off the tournament so badly, and they somehow managed to get through to the final," he said. "I'm shocked it ended the way it did."

The UEFA European championship is Portugal's first major tournament win.

With files from CBC's Brian Rodgers

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