Massive welcome home for champs Portugal

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July 12, 2016
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) and coach Fernando Santos (left) lift the Euro 2016 trophy as they arrive at the Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.
A fan holds a scarf that says "Portugal European Champions Euro 2016" while waiting for the arrival of Portugal's national football team in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.
From left: Portugal's Renato Sanches, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Fonte salute the fans in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday.
The plane carrying Portugal's national football team and the Euro 2016 trophy arrives at the Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.
Portugal's Nani lifts the Euro 2016 trophy at the Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.
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LISBON, Portugal (AP):

Tens of thousands of people have greeted Portugal on arrival in Lisbon a day after the team won the European Championship for its first major trophy.

Dozens of airport staff gathered on the tarmac to cheer on the players as they arrived from France just after midday yesterday.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos held the cup up to great cheers on stepping out of the plane.

Thousands of people packed the streets around the airport to greet the team, which travelled in an open-topped, double-decker bus to the Belem presidential palace to meet Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

They were later to begin a parade through the city.

Portugal beat France 1-0 in extra time on Sunday in the final in Paris.

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