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Griezmann the toast of France with 6 goal haul

France head coach Didier Deschamps heaped praises on match-winner Antoine Griezmann, who scored a brilliant brace to power his team to a convincing 2-0 win over Germany in the semi-final and set up a final showdown against Portugal in the European football Championship.

Euro 2016's top goalscorer, Griezmann took his tally to six goals after France on Thursday, defeated world champions Germany at a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

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Griezmann brace sends France through to Euro 2016 Final

A goal in either half from forward Antoine Griezmann sent hosts France through to the final of Euro 2016 courtesy of a hard earned 2-0 win over World Champions Germany, who played the prettier football but lacked a quality marksman who could provide a finishing touch to their fantastic approach play.

Germany, missing three regular starters due to injury, chose to deploy Thomas Muller to lead their line, dropping playmaker Mesut Ozil out onto the right wing and Julian Draxler onto the left. Bastian Schweinsteiger replaced Sami Khedira in the heart of midfield, while Emre Can dropped in alongside him for his first start of the tournament too.

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Arsenal legend throws his weight behind Pogba

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France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that compatriot Paul Pogba has the quality to go on to become one of the best midfielders ever to have played the game.

The Juventus midfielder's performances at European Championship had come under scrutiny after France struggled in the early stages of the tournament, but he sparked into life during the team's impressive 5-2 quarter-final victory over Iceland, scoring the second goal with a towering header as the host nation set up a semi-final showdown against Germany.

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Bale backs Wales to learn from semi-final run

Welsh football star Gareth Bale has praised his team's show of "pride and passion" at the European Championship and has urged the side to target regular qualification for major tournaments in future after their remarkable campaign was brought to a juddering halt at the semi-final stage by Portugal.

Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Fernando Santos's side to 2-0 victory, imposing himself on the contest after the first half to propel Portugal into the final, against either France or Germany on Sunday.

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Ronaldo now sets sights on Euro 2016 Title

Having taken Portugal into the final of the Euro 2016 football tournament with an excellent second-half performance against Wales, star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to win this year's title, finally avenging the loss in the 2004 edition final.

Ronaldo earned the man of the match award in the 2-0 win over Wales in Wednesday's semi-final by scoring Portugal's first goal and coming up with an assist for Nani to score the second.

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