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France defeats Germany by 2-0 to reach European final

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France's Paul Pogba and teammates celebrate at the end of the match

In Picture: France’s Paul Pogba and teammates celebrate at the end of the match

July 8, 2016: France have beaten Germany 2-0 in their Euro 2016 semi-final thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann. France will now face Portugal in the final on Sunday in Paris.

Griezmann, the top scorer at the Euros with six goals, scored once in each half, with the first a penalty right at the end of the first 45 after Bastian Schweinsteiger was adjudged to have handled in the box.

France had started the match on the front foot as both sides raced out of the blocks in Marseille. Griezmann almost gave the hosts the lead after just seven minutes with German keeper Manuel Neuer getting a hand on the 25-year-old’s goal bound shot after excellent French approach play.

Football Soccer - Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 7/7/16 - Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes and France's Antoine Griezmann in action. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
Germany’s Benedikt Hoewedes and France’s Antoine Griezmann in action. 

Germany then took control as it started on its brilliant passing game. The Germans kept the ball from the French with effortless confidence with a number of last-ditch challenges needed to prevent Joachim Low’s side from going in at the break with a lead. Liverpool man Emre Can came the closest for the world champions, with his shot from the edge of the box pushed away by Hugo Lloris.

With Griezmann giving the French the lead on the stroke of half-time, the emphasis was on the Germans to find a way back into the game, but it was Didier Deschamps’ men who scored the crucial second goal of the game as Griezmann stabbed home a loose ball after 72 minutes.

Football Soccer - Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 7/7/16 France players celebrate at the end of the match  REUTERS/Darren Staples Livepic
France players celebrate at the end of the match

 

Football Soccer - Germany v France - EURO 2016 - Semi Final - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 7/7/16 France fans celebrate  REUTERS/John Sibley Livepic
France fans celebrate