After the tightly contested semi-final match against Germany, France emerged with the last laugh.
A brace from the Atletico Madrid forward Antoinne Griezmann secured a final slot for the French national team against Portugal. The victory also gave France their first win over Germany in a major tournament since 1958.
The match was at parity until the 44th minute when German captain Bastian Schweinstegger decided to jump with his arm stretched in the 18-yard box in his bid to defend a cross from the opposing team, causing the referee to award a penalty to the French side which Griezmann converted swiftly.
The Second goal came as a result of a defensive error from the German side which saw Kimmich loose the ball to Pogba in the 18-yard box, Pogba skilfully got passed the defender to send a threatening cross towards goal which initially seemed cleared by the goal keeper but eventually got tapped into the post by Griezmann which made it his sixth goal of the tournament, making him the tournament’s highest goal scorer so far.
Olivier Giroud missed some clear cut chances for France but Germany on the other hand were unlucky not to have scored a goal, after coming close through Kimmich’s curled shot, Draxler’s freekick, Hector’s header and even Howedes’ wide close range shot amidst other opportunities missed coupled with the second half injury sustained by their central defender Jerome Boateng who later got replaced by Mustafi.
Germany were the unfortunate side in the game, they played well but failed to defend well at some point. France were the more technical side, they scored goals and they defended well setting up a highly anticipating final against Portugal who also won with the exact scoreline against Wales in the first semi-final.