France 2, Germany 0

I am in France right now, and since there’s an abnormal amount of people cheering and honking their horns on the highway, I’m not going to be getting any sleep anytime soon. So I might as well talk about what happened.

France just beat Germany 2-0 in the semifinals of the Euro Cup. It’s the first time in 58 years that France has beat Germany, and the first time in 32 years that a host country has reached the finals.

Both of tonight’s goals were scored by Antoine Griezmann, once on a penalty and another after Manuel Neuer failed to clear the ball.

For the first five minutes, France had been dominating the field, but soon they lost control and Germany dominated for the next thirty to thirty-five minutes. It was only in the last five minutes that France regained control of the ball.

The first goal, on the penalty kick, came on a pretty bad mistake by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who reached up on a corner kick and swatted the ball down with his hand while still in the box.

France started playing better in the second half, but it was really when Jerome Boateng had to be escorted off the field with an injury that it really became clear that Germany was not going to win.

Sure enough, Griezmann got another goal as Neuer was unable to clear the ball, and that proved to be the last nail in the coffin. After that, all France had to do was play good defense (which Lloris, the French goalie, took to heart by making a series of excellent stops).

And after 4 minutes of injury time, France got to celebrate reaching the finals with the Viking clap it stole from Iceland (it’s a good thing imitation is the sincerest form of flattery).

And now, it’s been about 10 minutes since the game ended and people are still honking their horns. Needless to say, France is pretty excited for a third title.

 

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