France have qualified for the finals of the Euro 2016 after defeating World champions Germany.
Germany certainly took control of the game. Hugo Lloris in the France goal did not have to excel. But there was a purpose and a rythm to Germany’s football that has been absent from much of what we have seen over the last month and they looked persistently dangerous as a flurry of chances came and went.
A low cross from Emre Can was nudged wide by Thomas Muller in the 13th minute before Ozil fed the Liverpool player and Lloris made a sharp save to his left as he saw the ball late through a crowded penalty area.
Having started with such purpose, France were suddenly rocking as Germany found some momentum. Kroos tumbled under a challenge from Pogba to prompt calls for a penalty before Lloris stretched to touch over a Schweinsteiger shot from 20 yards.
It was a game Germany dominated as they toiled and tried to break down a France side who were constantly hitting on the counter, Griezmann the most dangerous.Low and his players will argue all the way home about the decision to penalise Bastian Schweinsteiger for handball in the death throes of the first half. Certainly, it was a close call and it irreversibly changed the flow of the match he jumped clumsily with Patrice Evra and when the Italian came down on the side of blue, Antoine Griezmann buried his penalty past Manuel Neuer to give the host nation a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second half – with the Germans pressing for parity – Paul Pogba won possession at the byline and when Neuer could only push his cross away weakly, Griezmann pushed his studs forward to nudge the decisive goal in to an empty net