France beat Germany to secure a place in the UEFA Euro 2016 final at the at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseilles, France on Thursday.
Though world champion Germany played very well, and dominated the game, Antoine Griezmann scored twice and crushed their hopes of going into the finals.
On Sunday, Les Blues will come face to face with Portugal in the UEFA Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France.
Griezmann, 25, scored two goals and beat Germany 2-0 for a place in the UEFA Euro 2016 final. He is currently the top scorer at the Euro Cup with six goals to his credit. However, France’s first win over Germany in their fifth meeting was out of a controversial penalty just before half-time, NESN reports.
Griezmann showed his complete ruthless spirit as he converted a controversial first-half penalty for Bastian Schweinsteiger’s handball.
The latter conceded the penalty as replays showed the ball grazed his arm as he put his arms up while marking Patrice Evra from a corner. Germany was furious with the decision of Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.
The Atletico Madrid marksman got a standing ovation as he was taken off for Cabaye in the final few minutes from almost the whole stadium at the Stade Velodrome. Germany meanwhile needs to create new strikers. For the world champions, they had to change their playing order with Mats Hummels suspended, and Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira injured. Hence, in spite of their dominance in the game they were made to bite the dust at the end.
“We suffered but we knocked them out,” said French coach Didier Deschamps after the game. The hosts are the pre-tournament favorites in the UEFA Euro 2016. They are just a game away from winning their fourth major tournament on home soil from four.
Sunday’s game will be a nail biting one. Les Blues this time will face Cristano Ronaldo and his team. It is 18 years after France faced Brazil and “the phenomenon” Ronaldo at the State de France, The Guardian reports.
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