Griezmann double sends France into final

Antoine Griezmann, the top scorer at this summer's European Championships, has revealed the inspiration behind his eye-catching goal celebration.

The Bayern Munich stopper said: "The level at this European Championship was not what we had hoped for".

"Sadly, we lacked something decisive against France: the luck you need".

If Griezmann can keep up his scoring run and deliver silverware for his nation, the 25-year-old forward would not only collect his first major trophy but potentially become a challenger to Ronaldo for the Ballon D'Or.

"We don't have the power to solve the French people's problems but we can ease their worries", he said.

"We generate passion and fervour, we can see that". This team has everything it takes to be loved. And that's one of the reasons why we've gone 12 years without a league title and have never won the Champions League. I haven't seen too many errors from us.

Germany had beaten France en route to their World Cup success two years ago, but they will not secure a famous double as their 20-year wait for a continental crown goes on, with Portugal now awaiting Les Bleus in Sunday's final at Stade de France. When I wore this shirt it was the proudest moment of my career.

"Today we were better than the French but for the goals and result".

Some, however, were still fuming over France's controversial penalty for a Bastian Schweinsteiger handball - a cruel blow to the Germans in first-half injury time.

Griezmann wrapped up a memorable night for the tournament hosts when he steered the ball home after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had flapped at a cross from Paul Pogba.

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Asked about Griezmann's exploits, Deschamps said: "He's a great player and he proved that tonight, he works very hard, along with Olivier Giroud from a defensive perspective he made us a very compact unit".

As a coach, he is the same, and very, very strict with the instructions he gives to his players. At the Euro, he's scored goals, set up teammates and got others around him playing well.

France reached the final after seeing off Republic of Ireland and Iceland in the first two games of the knockout stage, but Deschamps said every game so far has been hard. Germany coach Joachim Löw maintained that they were the better team and the players did everything he had asked them to, but for converting the chances.

His ability to simply glide past players and also finish off the chances presented to him is an absolutely-deadly combination, and one that France now use as their main weapon.

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