Euro 2016: France beat Germany in Euros semi-final

13 Juillet, 2016, 03:39 | Auteur: Phyllis Powers

French supporters celebrate France's victory in the Marseille fan zone after the Euro 2016 semifinal soccer match between Germany and France, Thursday, July 7, 2016 in Marseille, southern France. He will emerge at the Stade de France with the tournament's Golden Boot already as good as his, and with his name already being chorused in the same breath as Platini's, his two goals here having swollen his tally to six this summer. They have wrested themselves free of a hold the Germans have had on them in competitive fixtures stretching back over half a century and in the process, removed the world champions from the tournament. The president spoke of war and declared a state of emergency - still in force today.

Les Bleus went ahead just before half-time after Bastian Schweinsteiger handled in the box.

"The FFF deserves a lot of credit for that, as do the players and the head coaches that have taken charge of the French national side".

With fatigue and burn-out genuine concerns, French sports daily L'Equipe ran a front-page headline that read: 'the Griezmann Worry' early in the tournament.

Among the very many interventions, he twice denied Thomas Muller what might have been a long-awaited first goal in a Euro Finals.

Nani was born in Cape Verde but raised by an aunt in Portugal after his parents abandoned him. Substituted after 66 minutes, he cut a disconsolate figure as he left the field, leaving Dimitri Payet to grab the headlines thanks to his magnificent 89th-minute winner.

In his second start for France, centre-back Samuel Umtiti's performance was notable not for the crosses he failed to reach - but for the number he successfully cut out.

"We're very happy", he said.

Portugal will feel that Cristiano Ronaldo's time for success in the national jersey is nigh.

The switch paid off almost immediately. A sluggish pass by Benedikt Hoewedes to right back Joshua Kimmich was cut out by Paul Pogba and Neuer could only palm away the midfielder's cross to Griezmann, who finished with ease. And, whi le France achieved renowned success through its academy system based at Clairefontaine and 11 other sites, the new hero Griezmann slipped that net. Jerome Boateng blocked the ball with an arm above his head in the quarterfinal against Italy. It's repeated when France goalkeeper Hugo Loris saves a shot from a crucial scuffle as the match comes to an exhilarating climax.

When they finally came up against top quality opposition, Germany were without their best striker and defender and were plugging gaps as they went through a high octane game in Marseille.

Intense safety measures have in place at the 10 stadiums hosting the tournament and there have been no major security incidents over the last month. Yes, it really could - because that's how finals work. Something has to give at the Stade de France, north of Paris, on Sunday evening.

Germany continued to press in the second period but Griezmann prodded home with 18 minutes to play to secure the win for the host nation and set up a final against Portugal.

That is a rise of 34 percent - earned from 20 extra matches - over Euro 2012 which had 16 teams and 31 matches. That seminal triumph at France's home World Cup had an estimated one million people pouring into the streets around Champs Elysees.