Though on ground Puducherry is no match to footballing acumen of Goa, France was considered favourite to win the game.
As Portugal took on France in the European Championship final on Sunday, another match between Goa and Puducherry played out, not on the ground though.
Football fever gripped both the former colonies on Sunday. France was in Puducherry till 1962 while Portugal ruled Goa for over 400 years until 1961 and also brought football to the state.
The influence of both these countries in their former colonies are all pervasive among the locals, who are still believed to have soft corners for their former rulers, so much so that the tie between France and Portugal was equated with a face off between football fans of Goa and Puducherry.
#Euro Cup 2016 finale France vs Portugal looks like Goa vs Puducherry! Intense
— Sumeet Kohli (@kohli_sumeet) July 10, 2016
Though on ground Puducherry is no match to footballing acumen of Goa, France was considered favourite to win the tournament.
However, as the match unraveled, the Portuguese proved superior than the French and took home the coveted championship. Soon after the result, social media went abuzz with talks around the final.
While pictures of celebrations by Portuguese fans all over the world are being circulated, fans of Goan football are also not more behind.
Actor Ranvijay Singh tweeted, “Portugal leads!!! I’m going to Goa to celebrate right now!!”
Portugal leads!!! I’m going to Goa to celebrate right now!! pic.twitter.com/IbYKFQhhqN
— Rannvijay singha (@RannvijaySingha) July 10, 2016
Siddhi Madkaikar said Goans deserved to win as they are “crazy football lovers”.
So it’s Goa who won against Puducherry! We Goans deserved to win after all we are crazy football lovers! #EURO2016Final
— Siddhi Madkaikar (@ImSidzzz) July 10, 2016
User Jason Patrick said, “Seeing FC Goa lose the ISL finals at home to seeing France losing the Euro finals at home. Football can surely take a BIG toll on me!”
Seeing FC Goa lose the ISL finals at home to seeing France losing the Euro finals at home. Football can surely take a BIG toll on me! ??
— Jason Patrick (@Patman1991) July 10, 2016
However, replying to a post, another user said “but for everything football, it has to be Puducherry.
— Sumant Banerji (@sumantbanerji) July 10, 2016
Not only in Goa, the Portugal victory was celebrated in other former colonies of the country also. Here is one from East Timor.
The streets of Timor Leste, a former Potuguese colony, after Portugal wins the Euro Cup. pic.twitter.com/iDyAkKyzJF
— Angelina C. Hansen (@AngelinaCHansen) July 10, 2016