Antoine Griezmann took up the mantle as challenger-in-chief to Cristiano Ronaldo with two goals that crushed world champions Germany and saw France advance to Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against Portugal.
France’s first victory over their rivals in a major tournament since 1958 came out of a controversial penalty decision at the end of the first half.
Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli awarded France a penalty after German captain Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in an aerial challenge with Patrice Evra. German players were furious but Griezmann sent goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way with his spot kick.
The match was a conundrum of controversies and the exhilaration of the win for the French and disappointment over Germany’s loss led to numerous twitter reactions.
Antoine Griezmann’s talents on field led France to victory but he also became the main victim of funny tweets
May be Manuel Neur doesn't know Cricket, but he can still easily replace Umar Akmal as a fielder in Pakistan Cricket Team!#GERFRA— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) July 7, 2016
Germany couldn’t escape the loss on field and of it as twitter erupted with more tweets showing the giants under pressure.
France weathering Germany pressure pic.twitter.com/EpXwncgUwP— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 7, 2016
France’s Giroud was the butt of jokes with his slow pace and weary approach during the game with most of twitterati cringing at his dismal display.
Go on Giroud you can get there..... pic.twitter.com/VHFAJFAjAA— Jamie Langfield (@jamlang22) July 7, 2016
Giroud :) pic.twitter.com/vBWfxDbtdq— Kowal 30 (@kowal_30) July 7, 2016
The ref's having a word with Giroud, trying to get him to be less terrible.— Paul (@UtdRantcast) July 7, 2016
BREAKING NEWS....— Kai Wayne (@KaiWayne) July 7, 2016
Olivier Giroud has finally reached the changing rooms for the half-time break.
What Giroud has in beauty, he lacks in pace.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 7, 2016
And my god he's a beautiful man.
France beating Germany in the semifinal itself elicited surprise and an uncanny joy.
Now France almost has a goal for every time they've been invaded by Germany in the past 150 years— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) July 7, 2016
When you hear that France beat Germany. pic.twitter.com/9XeEBOyxE0— Gitz ? (@iGitz_) July 7, 2016
Wow.— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) July 7, 2016
Griezmann scores, Paris goes crazy.