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Friday, July 08, 2016

FRANCE BEAT GERMANY WITH 2-0 LEAD AND FACE PORTUGAL IN FINAL

By on Friday, July 08, 2016

Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany reacts after being shown a yellow card from referee

Antoine Griezmann took his Euro tally to six goals, as France outclassed FIFA World Cup 2014 champion Germany 2-0 to set up a final against Portugal on Sunday. Watch all the goals and highlights.

Germany against France is one of the biggest games in international football. 
Two goals from Antoine Griezmann put Euro 2016 hosts France into Sunday's final against Portugal.
France had been under pressure for much of the first half -- but a penalty in the final seconds of the opening period changed the game.
Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was adjudged to have handled as France crossed from a corner, and up stepped Griezmann to fire the spot kick past Manuel Neuer.
With 72 minutes gone, the Atletico Madrid striker sealed victory, stabbing the ball home after Neuer had flapped at a Paul Pogba cross from the left.
France started at a fierce pace in a raucuous Stade Velodrome and almost took the lead when a low Griezmann effort was tipped away by Neuer after six minutes.
But that close call served to spark Germany into action, with Joachim Low's side rapidly beginning to dominate possession.
Mistake from German captain make Antonie Griezmann for the 1-0 lead for France
 Mesut Ozil started a move that ended when Joshua Kimmich's cross was headed clear, before Emre Can set up Thomas Muller for a cross-shot that skidded past the post with nobody able to get a touch.
Can forced Hugo Lloris into a fine low save with a bouncing effort after 15 minutes, and Lloris was soon in action again as he tipped Schweinsteiger's curling strike over.
France were finding it hard to get forward, but with 10 minutes of the first half left a foul by Can on Griezmann gave them a free-kick 25 yards out -- only for Pogba to curl his effort straight at Neuer.
Schweinsteiger's appeals for a penalty as he went to ground in a crowded area were waved away before, at the other end, Griezmann hit the side-netting from an angle and Giroud saw an effort blocked by a fine Benedikt Howedes challenge.
After Griezmann had made the breakthrough, the hosts began the second half brightly.
Pogba threaded a pass through to Giroud, who had space to run into the area but saw another effort cannon off a defender, and then Griezmann had a strike deflected over.

As the game approached the hour mark, Germany suffered a major blow when defender Jerome Boateng limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
Laurent Koscielny headed over from a corner as France looked for the second goal that would give them some breathing space -- space Griezmann provided with his improvised finish minutes later.
Low threw World Cup final goalscorer Mario Gotze into the action for Can, with France counterpart Didier Deschamps bringing on N'Golo Kante for Payet as he looked to close out the game.
But Germany came close to reducing the arrears after 74 minutes when Kimmich hit the outside of the post with a curling effort.
Draxler then curled a free-kick narrowly wide before another substitute, Leroy Sane, had a prodded effort deflected past the far post.
As Germany's desperation for the goal that could have given them a lifeline grew, Howedes headed just over and Howedes whacked an effort high into the crowd.
They could have gone three down when Griezmann, on a hat trick but with substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac waiting to his right, opted to shoot and Neuer saved.
There was still time for Lloris made a superb save from a Kimmich header before the whistle blew to confirm France's place in the final on a memorable Marseille night.
See also- Who will face PORTUGAL in EURO CUP 2016 Finals Between Germany and France


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