Portugal's winning EURO 2016 team ride through Pombal Square in open bus on their return to Lisbon, Portugal, July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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After a night of rowdy celebrations Portugal's European champions led by Cristiano Ronaldo returned home to a heroes' welcome Monday and a country overjoyed by their upset win over France.Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured and crying early, hugged the trophy on the special flight that took the Portuguese team home.Portugal's sports press hailed the team with headlines including "Epic," "Eternal" and "Pride of Portugal".Portugal's coach Fernando Santos and the other players paid tribute to Ronaldo's role in urging the team not to give up.Portugal defended doggedly and threatened occasionally without their inspirational skipper.The tournament, expanded to 24 teams for the first time, produced a few memorable upsets but little in the way of classic football. And Lloris was the latest to raise questions about the manner of Portugal's wins.France spent 450 million euros ($500 million) preparing 10 stadiums for Euro 2016, which could be the last hosted in one country.
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