France reach Euro 2016 final on home soil with victory over Germany

Paris: Antoine Griezmann's double fired France into the Euro 2016 final as an emotional smash and grab 2-0 win over a territorially dominant Germany on Thursday ended 58 years of tournament suffering at their hands.

Deschamps was captain of the France team that won the 1998 World Cup as hosts, and he said winning the Euro trophy would be a moment his players would not forget.

Germany faced Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Italy on their way to the semi-finals while France took on Romania, Albania, Switzerland, Republic of Ireland and Iceland on their way into the last four.

Olivier Giroud (R) of France competes during the Euro 2016 semifinal match between France and Germany in Marseille, France, July 7, 2016.

Nevertheless, Hummels admitted that France were more than a match in Marseille.

"There weren't too many things that went wrong", Loew said.

And Germany suffered another huge blow when key centre-back, Jerome Boateng, limped off after an hour at the Stade Velodrome.

"We were the better team". A clever footwork left Shkodran Mustafi for dead before Pogba set up a cross that was parried by Neuer, and Griezmann was first on the scene to prod home his sixth goal of the tournament.

"Antoine Griezmann is a great player", coach Didier Deschamps, usually reluctant to single out someone, said after a scintillating performance by the Atletico Madrid striker.

"They are ready because I've played with many French generations, we've been strong before", he said.

"We've played well during Euro 2016 but have been knocked out and that is very disappointing".

"We've already [written history]". After the game, Germany coach Joachim Löw took an early stab at summing up the mood of the country. He's a fantastic player, one of the best in the world.

Low continued: "This was a good tournament for us, we had a great energy in the side, also in the training sessions, in Evian and in the games they have shown a great team spirit". We gave a lot and had a body language of power.

"I'm actually so emotional", Henry said.

LYON, France (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo had just propelled Portugal into another European Championship final when he made for Gareth Bale, shared a long conversation with his Real Madrid teammate and gave him a sympathetic hug.

"That wasn't the case today, but we didn't have the luck you need".

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