France vs Germany

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UEFA Euro 2016

Semi-final

July 7th

Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France

2-0

45’+2′ Griezmann (P)

72′ Griezmann


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FT: The result means that France progress into their third European Championship Final, their first on home soil since 1984. They will play Portugal who beat Wales yesterday whilst Germany bow out at the Semi-final stage of the European Championships for the second consecutive time.


FT: Germany also lost Boateng after the hour-mark and his absence was felt as Griezmann took advantage of a poor punch from Neuer after an error from Kimmich to double the scores. France didn’t dominate the game, but they had some luck with their controversial penalty which acted as a sucker-punch for Die Mannschaft and prevented Germany from gaining any real momentum.


FT: The hosts had to survive on a number of occasions with Lloris producing heroics to deny a number of good efforts on goal from Can, Schweinsteiger and Kimmich. However, they broke well and went close with Payet, Griezmann and Pogba.


FT: So France progress into their third European Championship Final.


90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.


90’+4′ Müller is caught offside.


90’+2′ Chance!! A delivery from Mustafi is met by Kimmich whose header is terrifically palmed away by Lloris before Götze heads wide from another delivery.


90’+1′ Cabaye is penalised for a foul on Kroos.


90’+1′ Final France change sees Griezmann replaced by Yohan Cabaye.


90′ There will be four additional minutes.


87′ Chance!! Gignac wriggles past his man before firing an effort that Neuer saves well.


85′ Chance!! Griezmann does well to shrug off his man before shifting the ball onto his weaker foot and let fly but Neuer makes a comfortable save.


81′ Chance!! Höwedes meets the delivery but he can only head the ball over the bar.


81′ Germany win a freekick.


81′ Gignac is penalised for a foul.


79′ The corner is cleared.


79′ France win a corner.


78′ Chance!! The corner causes havoc and the ball falls to Mustafi but he volleys over the bar.


78′ Chance!! The freekick falls to Sané whose effort deflects just wide for a corner.


78′ Final Germany change sees Schweinsteiger replaced by Leroy Sané.


78′ Sissoko concedes a freekick.


77′ Second France change sees Giroud replaced by André-Pierre Gignac.


75′ Close!! Draxler’s effort from the freekick curls just wide of the far-post.


74′ Kanté receives a yellow card for a foul on Draxler and he concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.


74′ Close!! Pogba fires an effort from-range that drifts just wide.


73′ So close!! Kimmich receives the ball and he cuts inside before curling an effort that rattles the bar from-range. Lloris was beaten.


72′ Goal!! After Kimmich loses possession in his own area, Pogba sends in a teasing delivery that Neuer palms into the path of Griezmann whose deft touch rolls home into the unguarded net.


70′ First France change sees Payet replaced by N’Golo Kanté.


70′ The delivery is met by Mustafi, but he was offside anyway.


69′ Kroos wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Sissoko.


68′ The corner comes to nothing as Koscielny wins a freekick.


67′ Draxler wins a corner.


67′ Chance!! Evra finds Payet who beats a couple of players before firing a tame effort that Neuer saves with ease.


66′ Second Germany change sees Mario Götze replace Can.


62′ Chance!! Griezmann’s corner is met by Koscielny but his effort loops onto the roof of the net.


62′ Hector concedes a cheap corner.


61′ Özil is caught offside.


61′ First Germany change sees he injured Boateng replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.


60′ Griezmann is penalised for a foul.


58′ Boateng is down and has to leave the field.


55′ Müller is caught offside.


49′ Draxler receives a yellow card for a foul on Sissoko.


47′ The delivery is eventually cleared.


46′ Chance!! Griezmann fires an effort that deflects just wide.


45′ Germany get the second-half underway.


HT: Germany will need to find a goal in order to remain in the competition but France will know that should they hold on, they will progress into the Final. So will Germany find the equaliser or will France weather the storm to progress into their first Final since 2006? Join us again for the second-half.


HT: The main talking-point was the penalty decision, which should not have been. One may argue that Schweinsteiger’s hand is up, but he’s challenging Evra for a header and the ball hits the German midfielder from point-blank range, making it difficult for the former Bayern Munich midfielder. However the referee pointed to the spot and Griezmann slotted home.


HT: France had a few chances with Griezmann forcing Neuer into a good save, but Neuer has been rather comfortable – making easy saves from Payet and Pogba from freekicks. France had the ideal opportunity to take the lead when a Boateng error allowed Giroud to bare down on goal, but Höwedes made a good block.


HT: France have survived for the majority of the game, with Schweinsteiger, Can and Müller going close, but the Germans have lacked the quality in the final third and France have capitalised as a result, although it was against the run of play and never a penalty.


HT: So France are ahead controversially.


45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.


45’+2′ Goal!! Griezmann fires the penalty home, sending Neuer the wrong way.


45′ Penalty!! Schweinsteiger is penalised for handball. He was about a yard away and he attempted to head the ball away. It’s an incredibly harsh decision and Schweinsteiger receives a yellow card. Özil also receives a yellow card for kicking the ball away.


45′ There will be two additional minutes.


44′ Hector concedes a cheap corner.


42′ Evra receives a yellow card for a foul on Kroos.


41′ Chance!! Boateng misjudges a header and Giroud is clean through on goal but he delays his strike and Höwedes makes a fantastic last-ditch challenge to block Giroud’s effort.


41′ Chance!! Umtiti finds Evra who pulls the ball back to Griezmann who fires an effort into the side-netting from a tight-angle.


39′ The corner comes to nothing as Schweinsteiger cannot get onto the delivery as he feels he’s been held back by Pogba, but the referee is unmoved. There wasn’t much in that in truth.


39′ Sagna concedes a corner.


38′ Chance!! Matuidi loses possession and Müller receives the ball before firing an effort from-range that Lloris gathers at the second-attempt.


36′ Chance!! Pogba’s freekick beats the wall but Neuer once again easily saves.


35′ Griezmann wins a freekick in a dangerous position after a foul from Can who receives a yellow card.


34′ Pogba wins a freekick.


34′ A teasing Özil cross is claimed by Lloris.


33′ Özil wins a freekick after a foul from Umtiti.


30′ Kimmich audaciously tries an effort from-range after cutting-inside but his effort is charged down.


26′ Lloris claims Özil’s corner.


25′ Chance!! Germany use the ball well and Schweinsteiger receives the ball to fire an effort that Lloris is forced to tip over.


25′ The corner is cleared by France who force Germany back.


24′ Can wins a corner.


24′ Chance!! Payet’s freekick curls past the wall but Neuer makes the stop.


22′ Payet is caught late by Schweinsteiger and he wins a freekick in a dangerous position.


20′ Penalty appeal!! Pogba catches Kroos just as the German midfielder was pulling the trigger, but the referee is unmoved as Kroos’ effort is smothered into the path of Lloris.


19′ Koscielny clears the delivery.


19′ Kroos wins a corner.


16′ Payet is penalised for a foul.


14′ Chance!! Müller fires an effort from-range but Lloris makes a comfortable save.


13′ Chance!! Hector finds Can who fires a deflected effort that Lloris has to palm away.


12′ Chance!! A first-time cross from Can is met by Müller who strikes the ball first-time but he doesn’t connect with the ball properly and the ball drifts just wide of the post.


9′ Pogba wins a freekick.


6′ Can wins a freekick.


6′ Chance!! Matuidi and Griezmann combine before the latter fires an effort that Neuer is forced to palm away.


4′ Payet wins a freekick.


2′ The corner is taken short to Griezmann whose delivery is cleared.


1′ Payet wins a corner after his cross is blocked by Can.


0′ France get the game underway.


Team news:

France: Hugo Lloris (GK), Patrice Evra, Samuel Umtiti, Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann, Moussa Sissoko, Olivier Giroud

Germany: Manuel Neuer (GK), Jonas Hector, Jérôme Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Joshua Kimmich, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Emre Can, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler, Thomas Müller

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