How the brilliant Antoine Griezmann and Laurent Koscielny saw off Germany

The dimunitive Les Bleus striker kept his cool to help his team through to the final of Euro 2016, as Arsenal's rock solid center back kept things tight at the back …

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So it's France that will go on to play Portugal in the Euro 2016 final after Antoine Griezmann scored a penalty and stabbed home Paul Pogba's spilled cross. The Germans may feel harshly done by after a tight penalty decision went against them (correctly, but often not spotted/given) and with Joachim Low's side missing Mario Gomez in attack and unable to register the score their play possibly merited.

Regardless, Les Bleus march on and will be confident they can match 1984 by winning the European Championship held on their own shores, as they face Portugal who they have beaten in the previous 10 matches between the two countries.

If France does secure victory, it will be thankful to Griezmann's unerring accuracy throughout the tournament in attack, but also to some outstanding defensive work at the back as both Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti blunted the opposition's forays forward.

Umtiti retained his place in the team, despite Adil Rami returning from suspension.

And both the Barcelona-bound defender and Koscielny were required to put in several blocks to deny Germany, who dominated the ball and territory in the first half.

Germany was creating half-chances in the French penalty area, as France struggled to maintain possession and make any effective counterattacks. And for a while it looked like it was a case of when Thomas Muller and Co. would make the breakthrough.

However, Didier Deschamps' men did eventually get a foothold back in the game, as Griezmann was finding little pockets of space between the lines …

… while Koscielny was making valiant blocks to deny Les Bleus conceding. France's penalty may not have been given on another day, but Griezmann stayed cool from the spot and the home side led.

Koscielny remained a steady influence at the back …

… and in the second half France improved, pushing back Jogi Low's men and carving out the chances to seal the game.

Eventually a brilliant piece of footwork out wide by Paul Pogba enabled Griezmann to toe home and settle the tie, following Manuel Neuer's mishandling of the cross. (That goal meant the Atletico attacker has now matched Thierry Henry in goals scored at the Euros.)

And thanks to the diligent work in midfield from the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Les Bleus held out for a chance to win the tournament at the Stade de France on Sunday.

If they do, they may just need another terrific showing from Koscielny, who led the way at the back in clearances, blocks and headed clearances.

And another rapier-like attacking display from Griezmann wouldn't go amiss either.

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