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Germany 0-2 France with goals from Antoine Griezmann: Euro 2016 semi-final as it happened

France defeat Germany 2-0 in Marseille in the Euro 2016 semi-final to set up a showdown with Portugal in Paris for Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 8, 2016 2:29:54 am
Germany lose to France in the semi-final in Marseille. France now play Portugal in the final. (Source: Reuters)

France finally beat their duck over Germany in major competitions by beating the World Cup winners 2-0 in Marseille. A brace by Antoine Griezmann on either side of the break gave Les Bleus the victory. They now take on Portugal in the final on Sunday in Paris.

Germany vs France Euro 2016:

FULL TIME! France are through to another home final after a 2-0 win over Germany. Brace from Antoine Griezmann gets them into the final vs Portugal

92′ CLOSE! Goetze header is narrowly wide. This after Kimmich is denied after a superb Lloris save. Just not meant to be for Germany

90′ Four minutes added on. And Griezmann walks off to huge ovation with Cabaye coming on

85′ CLOSE! Griezmann with incredible acceleration to beat the defender and the challenge

81′ CLOSE! Kroos with a free kick into the area and Howedes header is narrowly, just narrowly over!

79′ Two Germany players come in each other’s way with Mustafi taking a shot and not finding the space to shoot

79′ Final Germany change: Schweinsteiger hands captain’s armband to Neuer as Leroy Sane comes on

77′ CHANGE: Olivier Giroud goes off for Andre-Pierre Gignac

76′ CLOSE! Draxler free kick is wide of the target. Moved about but just wide

75′ Kante is booked for bringing down Draxler.

73′ POST! Seconds later, Kimmich hits the woodwork for Germany. No way Lloris could have saved that!

71′ GOAL!! Griezmann pokes France into a 2-0 lead! Germany with a mess in their area to lose the ball and then Pogba cross the ball which isn’t held by Neuer, comes to Griezmann who pokes France into a 2-0 advantage

70′ CHANGE! France make their first change with Payet going off for Kante coming on.

67′ CHANCE! Payet controls the ball and runs on the Germany goal but his effort is tame in the end. Had a player in the box, completely unmarked, but opted not to pass

66′ Second Germany change: Goetze on, Can goes off

62′ Koscielny header is over the bar. Griezmann with the corner on the far post and the defender sends his header over Neuer’s goal

60′ CHANGE: Boateng hobbles off, Mustafi comes on

58′ Boateng is down on the centre circle. Likely to be subbed off

55′ Umtiti with yet another vital header. Draxler with a cross from the left that is meant for Mueller but the French defender is aware of the striker’s presence to step in and head the ball away from danger

53′ The joy in Marseille is felt in Paris too

50′ Draxler is booked for a foul from behind on Sissoko

47′ CHANCE! Giroud has the time and space to get a shot on but it has been blocked. Increased the angle a bit much there

46′ Second half underway

# But there’s also the fact that the last time Germany won from 1-0 down at half time was in February 2003. Against? Yes, France!

# Good omen this

HALF TIME: France lead Germany 1-0 at the break with an Antoine Griezmann penalty at the stroke of half time. Otherwise it has been all Germany.

45′ Griezmann puts it in the back of the net and France lead 1-0! Great strike to Neuer’s right and the keeper goes the wrong way

45′ Yellow to Schweinsteiger for handball and that’s a penalty! Tries to lean in to Evra with his hand and the referee spots that

43′ Evra is booked for bringing down Kroos

42′ BLOCK! Giroud beats Boateng for the header and is through on goal but for a superb block by Howedes. That was a huge chance for France to score or at least get a decent shot on target.

41′ Umtiti with an intricate pass for Griezmann and the Atletico striker goes into the box to shoot but his effort hits the side netting

38′ Matuidi gives away the ball cheaply to Mueller. And the German player has plenty of support from halfway line but no one in support. Has a crack from distance but it is comfortably held on to by Lloris

37′ Pogba free kick is easily taken by Neuer. Almost like the keeper knew where it would come!

36′ Yellow card! Can is booked for bringing down Griezmann. Free kick in a dangerous area for France

32′ CLOSE! Umtiti with a crucial intervention to deny Mueller from latching on to a ball in the box

30′ Half an hour gone and France have not really settled so far. Stray passes, wayward clearances…

26′ CLOSE! Schweinsteiger tries to curl it into the top of the goal but Lloris tips it over for a corner. Was probably going over but the Spurs keeper taking no chances

25′ SAVED! Payet’s free kick goes over the wall and has the bend but not enough power or position to beat Neuer. Saved with much ease

20′ Kroos has a mini-go on goal. Runs on towards the French box and is bundled down clumsily. Appeals for penalty but waved away without much fuss

20′ That’s a gorgeous shot!

14′ CLOSE! Once again Lloris is tested with a Can shot from distance. Tipped wide by the keeper though

12′ CLOSE! Germany with a build-up down the right. Mueller gets a shot on but the slide from Can cross is wide of the Lloris’ goal

7′ Where do you think this is going?

7′ CLOSE! Griezmann with good close control but his right footed shot doesn’t have the venom. Saved by Neuer

5′ Large Germany flag unfurled before the start

3′ SCENES IN MARSEILLE!

1′ France get the game underway

# Germany supporters

# LINEUPS:

GERMANY: Neuer – Hector, Howedes, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Draxler, Mueller, Can, Boateng, Kroos, Kimmich

FRANCE: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Payet, Sissoko, Griezmann, Giroud

BUILD UP:

Germany can draw on Brazil rout to offset home advantage

Coach Joachim Loew tried to play down the significance of the World Cup semi-final against Brazil. (Source: Reuters)

In the history of football there has been no more devastating nullification of supposed home advantage than Germany’s 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, so playing France in Marseille holds no fears for the world champions.

Didier Deschamps challenges players to write ‘new page’ in France history

Didier Deschamps wants France players to rewrite history when the team takes on Germany in Euro 2016 semi-finals. (Source: AP)

Coach Didier Deschamps has challenged his players to write themselves into the history of French football on Thursday by beating Germany in their European Championship semifinal. France has not won a trophy since Euro 2000 and is bidding to reach the final of a major competition for the first time in a decade.

France’s vulnerabilities before Germany semi-final

France are trying to win their first competitive match against Germany since 1958. (Source: Reuters)

In the five matches at Euro 2016, France are yet to taste defeat having won four and drawn one. They’ve looked convincing in attack with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud in sublime form. But the aerial deliveries seem to be France’s problem.

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