France overcame German domination to emerge victorious in the second semifinal of Euro 2016 to face Portugal in the final on 10th of July. Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty and then an easy tap-in to give France a well deserved victory as the Germans paid for poor finishing and some crucial mistakes. Let’s look at the talking points of the game.
1. Antoine Griezmann is the Man in Form
Antoine Griezmann was too hot to handle for Germany yesterday and ended up with a brace. He has most probably secured the golden boot as well with a 3 goal lead over his nearest active competitor, Cristiano Ronaldo. France will look forward to him to help them win the trophy as they face underdogs Portugal. Greizmann devastated the whole Germany defense with his pace and skills on counter attacks.
Despite France starting well, Germany took control of the game and looked the team most likely to take the lead, until Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in the German penalty box deep in the first half. Griezmann didn’t have the best penalty record coming into the match but he scored confidently to give France the lead. He later doubled their advantage after an error from Neuer. He was not only about the goals however, as he helped his side defend whenever Germany attacked. He led many counters later on in the game as well and came close to getting a hat-trick but Manuel Neuer was not letting another goal get past him. He is surely the man to look out for in the finals and can prove to be the game changer.