PARIS — France has beaten Germany 2-0 in their Euro 2016 semi-final thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann drove in a penalty at the end of the first half after a needless handball by German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and poked home in the 72nd minute following a blunder by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to set up a final against Portugal in Paris on Monday morning (AEST).
France will now face Portugal in the finalon Sunday in Paris.
“We are as happy as kids, the whole country is behind us,” Griezmann said.
World champion Germany dominated the match in terms of possession but its lack of a deadly finisher cost it and razor-sharp Griezmann, whose double took his tournament-leading tally to six, was the difference.
It was the first time France had beaten Germany in a competitive match since the 1958 World Cup, including defeats in the semi-finals of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and the quarter-finals two years ago.
The hosts will go into the final as strong favourites to emulate the teams of 1984 and 1998, who won the European and world titles on home soil.
Germany will wonder how it failed to score in a game it controlled for long periods but, after Jerome Boateng’s handball gave Italy a lifeline in the quarter-finals, its captain’s similarly inexplicable high hand swung the game France’s way when they most needed it.
France, roared on in a fantastic atmosphere, had torn forward in the opening exchanges and looked full of adventure.
However, Germany calmly and methodically took control, totally swamping the midfield and with its full-backs hugging the touchlines, constantly probing.
Despite the overwhelming dominance of possession, however, clear chances were few and far between, with Hugo Lloris saving comfortably from Emre Can and Thomas Mueller and Schweinsteiger off target when well-placed.
Mid-Hill highway opens door of prosperity: Minister Adhikari
GALKOT- Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has said that the Mid-Hill highway had opened the door of prosperity.
He added that the highway was easing the transportation service of the hilly people.
Inaugurating the Badigad Festival and Nwagi Fair-2075 BS here in Baglung district on Saturday, Minister Adhikari stressed on preserving and promoting the domestic cultures to strengthen the nationality and create harmony among the people.
The festival organizer committee coordinator Tika Paija shared that the festival was organized to preserve domestic culture and promote local tourism.
The festival will run until November 25.