Yes, there were late winners and a handful of goals that were out of this world, but the final was almost indicative of the competition. It was a tough watch for most of the time, with neither side able to capture the imagination even in the depths of the extra 30 minutes - until Éder made himself a hero when he won it for Portugal.
Unfortunately, this tournament may be remembered more for moments of fan violence than what played out on the pitch. In the group stages, clashes broke out between England and Russian fans, while Croatia and Czech Republic supporters halted their game with flares and fighting in the stadium. While it may have simmered off towards the business-end of the championships, there wasn't much in hindsight to divert from it.
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Even though it brings more people together, and helps grow the game, UEFA may want to consider doing the same in the future. Talk of expanding it should be shut down at the nearest opportunity, because the quality may be diluted even more.
The lack of goals was also very noticeable. Euro 2016 showed we may be witnessing a mass shortage of the European striker. Finishing was unimpressive throughout the tournament, and that combined with tactics that directed emphasis on stronger defence made for a lot if insipid football. Everyone was waiting for the goals to start flooding in, but they were rarely satisfied.
Dimitri Payet's magic made for a promising tournament, when his late stunner toppled a game Romania in the opening fixture, before a 10-man Albania fell to Switzerland. Wales then flew by Slovakia before England, for all their domination, started a disappointing tournament with a draw to Russia at the hands of a stoppage time equaliser. That was after the French police had a nightmare in Marseille, trying to quell the violence as chairs were thrown and teargas was distributed during battles between fans.
Reigning European champions also left it late - a recurring trend especially in the group stage of the tournament - to defy the Czech Republc, then Sweden just survived against Ireland. Although for the Swedes, it was disappointing to say the least - and Zlatan Ibrahimović will most likely be left with a sour taste in his mouth after bowing out with an uninspiring tournament. His lack of success was representative of how the continent's strikers were faltering.
Italy and Belgium's first round group stage fixture was built as one of the biggest games of the tournament, but instead would end with the Azzurri staking their huge claim as favourites when they dispatched them with a masterclass, leaving Wilmots' men with some soul searching to do. Hungary marked their major tournament with a return, before Iceland's dream run began when they drew with Portugal to close off the first batch of fixtures.
One of the biggest European Championships in the history of British football would then transpire as England collided with Wales in Lens, providing some drama from start to finish. Joe Hart's blunder allowed Gareth Bale to score a free-kick in the first half, but the Three Lions rallied with Vardy and then Sturridge - in the dying moments of the game - stole the victory from the Welsh Dragons. There was also plenty of history for another home nation, as Northern Ireland recorded their first European Championships win with a strong victory over Ukraine, not only overcoming the tough nation but also bearing the elements.
Just when you thought that we'd seen an end to all the fan violence due to UEFA warnings and suspensions, Czech Republic and Croatia would engage in the highest scoring game of the tournament so far - although not without controversy. Flares being thrown on to the pitch and clashes between Croat and Czech supporters delayed the game of which the Republic made a late stunning comeback.
In terms of the tournament though, hopes would only be raised as more goals continued to flood in. A sensational Spain performance - one highly deviated from their drab opener - saw them hit three goals past Turkey, and just a week into the tournament, the goals were finally coming in. Belgium followed suit, finally showing themselves with a three-goal battering of Ireland thanks to Lukaku's double and Witsel adding to the tally.
With simultaneous kick-offs, you could be sure that on the first night more eyes were fixed on Albania, who stunned the Romanians with a lone goal as oppose to Switzerland's match with France, which was nothing like their World Cup thriller two years prior - with both teams secured going forward, they played out to a very dull affair. There was similar spectating 24 hours later in Saint-Etienne, with a similar ending for England: despite all their dominance, they were unable to breach the Slovakian defence. However, Wales couldn't have been more opposite, constructing a masterclass to destroy Russia and top group B.
In group F, Iceland with possibly the last kick of the game booked their spot in the knockouts with a last-gasp goal against Austria, while in possibly the best group stage game of the lot, Cristiano Ronaldo's heroic double forced a six-goal draw with Hungary. And, to close out the stage, it was a routine win for Belgium as Nainggolan fired them past Sweden, but the Republic of Ireland gave them some third-place hope when they stunned Italy.
Barring the odd few thrillers, and a scattering of golazos, the group stage had everyone waiting for more quality. The format of the game did clearly make for such events, and aforementioned many teams were willing to go for the draw knowing that the insurance policy of making a third-placed finish still lingered. 69 goals scored over the course of 36 games didn't exactly scream entertainment, and the tactical evolution of more sides to defend made things stale at times.
France survived a scare from an early Ireland penalty thanks to Antoine Griezmann who fired the hosts onwards right before world champions Germany finally kicked into top gear when they ran rampant in a three-goal mauling in Lille. The weekend would be concluded with Belgium, who produced the biggest win of the tournament when they thrashed Hungary, showing the whole continent what they were truly capable of, featuring a moment - or moments - of magic from Eden Hazard.
Portugal's theme of being unable to win in 90 minutes would continue when they survived the penalty shootout against Poland after being tied two goals apiece, then their opponents would be revealed as Belgium who made history to reach the final four. They ended up pummelling the Welsh with a comeback after Nainggolan's belter, delivering another tournament shock.
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24 hours later in a rapturous Marseille, France would be confirmed as their opponents as a delightful double by Antoine Griezmann doused the Germans after a tactical stand off. The prolific Frenchman continued to break ahead as the tournament's very best. So it was set: Portugal vs. France, in the final of Euro 2016.
But regardless, they are the champions and deserve the credit. What's more at blame is the format and the natural evolution. Maybe this wind of defence will blow by; maybe it won't. Unfortunately though, Euro 2016 will soon be forgotten.
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