UEFA Euro 2016, semifinal: hosts France beat Germany 2-0

Saturday, July 9, 2016

On Thursday, World Champions Germany lost 2–0 to hosts France in the UEFA Euro 2016 semifinal. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals, netting six goals in the tournament. France is to play Portugal in the final tomorrow.

File photo of Antoine Griezmann, 2012.
Image: Carlos RM.

Germany had better ball possession and passing accuracy. But, moments before half time, captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was booked for a hand ball in the penalty area, and France were awarded a penalty kick. The Atlético striker Griezmann scored from the spotkick sending Maneul Neuer in the wrong direction. Les Blues were 1–0 up at half time.

In the second half, Jérôme Boateng was benched suffering from a ruptured muscle bundle. Later, Paul Pogba's shot was half-cleared by Neuer, but Griezmann scored the second goal of the night and his sixth of the tournament.

Though Germany had far more completed passes — in the first half alone, more than the hosts in both halves combined — the World Champions were defeated. Griezmann was awarded the Man of the Match award.

Griezmann's six goals in one Euro tournament is the most after Michel Platini's record of nine goals in one tournament.

July 7, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Germany 0–2 France Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli, Italy
Emre Can Booked after 36 minutes 36'
Mesut Özil Booked after 45+1 minutes 45+1'
Bastian Schweinsteiger Booked after 45+1 minutes 45+1'
Julian Draxler Booked after 50 minutes 50'
0–1 (HT) Antoine Griezmann Scored after 45+2 minutes 45+2' (pen)
Antoine Griezmann Scored after 72 minutes 72'
Patrice Evra Booked after 43 minutes 43'
N'Golo Kanté Booked after 75 minutes 75'