Griezmann focused on the final after giving Germany Les Bleus

Griezmann took his chance and added a second strike to extend his lead as the tournament's leading scorer and become France's new football hero. "He's our little Mr Extra", said fellow striker Olivier Giroud after the dramatic win before 65,000 spectators on a hot Thursday night in Marseille.

According to Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany's display in their defeat against France was their best Euro performance.

He scored twice in the second half, found the net again in the 5-2 last 16 defeat of Iceland and downed Germany nearly single-handedly in Marseille on Thursday. Germany would respond with determination and push to score but constantly found a wall in GK Lloris who was phenomenal the all game and saved all German attempts to score. Joshua Kimmich hit the crossbar with one shot and other efforts went narrowly wide. Antoine Griezmann's two goals have put France into the finals of the European championship.

Before the tournament, the coach decided not to select star striker Karim Benzema for the squad after he was charged with complicity in a sex-tape blackmail scandal involving worldwide team-mate Mathieu Valbuena. But they did realise they still have one more game to play, right? Now the country appears to be behind them again.

"I have lost a final last year and I hope this year things are different", the 23-year-old Mario said Friday.

"It is undoubtedly one of (Deschamps') successes to have chosen a squad which looks like it's together and united", Mathieu Quidu, sports sociologist at Lyon 1 University, told AFP. "This is their story, their victory".

He was decisive during the eighth round against Ireland, his two goals crucial for the team's recovery.

Ronaldo and his fellow Portugal players have been far from convincing in the ongoing tournament.

"Taking part in a final at this moment in my career, I don't think about the physical issue".

Trials and errors: Germany's efforts at scoring goals. "But we have the power to generate emotions and make them forget their worries".

The tide of widespread disillusionment with the team seemed to turn in 2013 when they beat Ukraine to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they exited to Germany at the quarter-final stage. "We want them to be proud of the France team and I hope we end with a lovely story". Germany have a lot of technical ability, they move the ball very well and even though they were without a few players they had a lot of experience.

"We're like kids, there's a whole country behind us and we have to give 100 per cent for them", Griezmann said.

"In Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, we were beaten by better teams". Goalkeeper Neuer said the result was undeserved.

"Now we're in the final and we want to lift that trophy. That's very bitter", said Neuer. Some teammates will have a more recent Portuguese setback on their minds going into Sunday's European Championship final against France.

Loew, who is under contract until the 2018 World Cup, said he was not sure of his future.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has thanked Germany's fans for their support during Euro 2016 and shares their frustration at not being in Sunday's final. Their previous defeat in the tournament came back in 2004.

"That will be six or seven years in the job which is a long time". In 13 competitive games, covering Euro 2016 qualifying and the finals, Santos remains unbeaten with Portugal.

"France have succeeded in getting to the final - if you win 2-0 you deserve it".

France have won their last 10 meetings with the Portuguese since going down 2-0 in a friendly back in 1975, and their head-to-head record includes victories in all three clashes at major competitions.

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