France 2, Germany 0: France Beats Germany to Reach Euro 2016 Final


France’s Antoine Griezmann and his teammates celebrated his second goal of the match against Germany.

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MARSEILLE, France — Antoine Griezmann scored twice and France moved a step closer to winning another major soccer championship on home soil on Thursday, defeating Germany, 2-0, in a pulsating European Championships semifinal at the Stade Velodrome.

Griezmann scored both of France’s goals: a penalty kick on the stroke of halftime, awarded for a handball on Germany’s captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, and a stabbing toe poke in the 73rd minute after a poor clearance by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer dropped the ball at Griezmann’s feet in the goal mouth.

France will play Portugal in the final on Sunday outside Paris, looking to add another trophy on home soil to its triumphs at the 1984 European Championships and the 1998 World Cup. In both of those title runs, the French passed through Marseille on the way to the final. In 1998, they were captained by their current coach, Didier Deschamps.

The defeat was a bitter blow for Germany, the defending…

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