Euro 2016: France through to the final after defeating Germany 2-0

Updated on Jul 08, 2016 10:50 AM IST

It will be a clash of titans as hosts France take on world champions Germany in the second semi-final match of Euro 2016 on Thursday.

France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.(Reuters Photo)
France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their second goal.(Reuters Photo)
Hindustan Times | ByAgencies, New Delhi

Antoine Griezmann scored a brilliant brace as France defeated Germany 2-0 in the semifinal of Euro 2016 on Thursday.

Griezmann put France in front from the penalty spot in stoppage time at the end of the first half and then took full advantage of a German defensive blunder to score his second with a calm finish in the 72nd minute.

France reached its first final for a decade and is chasing its first major trophy since Euro 2000. Germany missed its chance to add the European title to the World Cup it won in 2014.

Germany had gone 50 years unbeaten against host nations at major tournaments, dating back to its loss to England in the 1966 World Cup final and encompassing a famous 7-1 humbling of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semifinals.

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