8 July 2016
Host of the ongoing Euro 2016 championship, France, advanced to the final of the tournament on Thursday.
They will face Portugal on Sunday to determine who lifts the cup.
In the second semifinal fixture of the championship, the French team that has had an amazing tournament came up against a highly rated German team that brushed Italy aside in the quarterfinal.
France went into the match with such vigour that saw them dominate the Germans through the first 15 minutes. After this spell for France, Germany took over the match and bossed the Frenchmen for the remaining part of the match, hoarding the ball as though it was their birthright.
However, this dominance wouldn’t count for anything for the Germans as they eventually slumped to a 0-2 defeat.
Thanks to the German captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, who handled the ball carelessly in the 18 yard box right on the stroke of half time, France had a penalty which Antoine Griezmann, the tournament’s highest goal scorer, slotted past German goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, sending the best goalkeeper in the world the wrong way.
Immediately after the penalty kick which took Griezmann’s tally to five, the referee, Italy’s Nicola Rizzoli, sounded the half time whistle and the two teams headed out of the pitch for the tunnel.
When the second half resumed, the Germans continued their dominance but were still unable to break the resilient French defence which held firm, limiting them to half chances. Barcelona’s new signing, Umtiti contributed a lot to this compact French defense.
With the match still within the reach of the Germans, Griezmann killed every hope of a comeback in the 72nd minute when he capitalised on a mix-up in the German box to squeeze the ball into the back of the net right under Neuer.
At this point, France were all but okay to see out the match as they brought in Cabaye to add numbers in the midfield, making it even more difficult for the Germans to break the French defence.
France held on till the 90th minute and through the added four minutes to set up a clash with Portugal.
Player stats at the Euro:
Antoine Griezmann 6
Cristiano Ronaldo 3
Olivier Giroud 3
Dimitri Payet 3
Gareth Bale 3
Eden Hazard 4
Aaron Ramsey 4
Cristiano Ronaldo 3
Olivier Giroud 2
Kamil Grosicki 2
Hannes Halldorsson 27
Thibaut Courtois 20
Lukasz Fabianski 19
Michael McGovern 17
Gabor Kiraly 17