Manuel Neuer (r.) was beaten twice by the in-form Antoine Griezmann (l.) in Marseille.
Manuel Neuer (r.) was beaten twice by the in-form Antoine Griezmann (l.) in Marseille.

EURO 2016 semi-final: Germany beaten by France - as it happened!

Germany bowed out of UEFA EURO 2016 at the semi-final stage after a 2-0 defeat to tournament hosts France in Marseille on Thursday.

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23:31 - Good luck, France!

The disappointment may take a few days to subside, but Germany can look back on their achievements in France with a great deal of pride. Les Bleus can now look forward to Sunday's final with Portugal. Will Kingsley Coman come out on top? Or will Renato Sanches, Raphael Guerreiro and Vieirinha get their hands on the trophy?

Thanks for joining us and bis bald!.

23:16 - Löw: 'I can't fault my players'

Germany head coach Joachim Löw: "We dominated the opposition for the whole match. We missed a couple of chances, but we were missing that little bit of luck tonight. I can’t blame my players for their efforts, though."

23:06 - Neuer: 'We were the better team'

Manuel Neuer: "I thought we were the better team. A 2-0 defeat is very harsh on us. If we’d have gone in level at the break it would have been close right until the end. The goal before half time made it a lot easier for them. We’ve had a very good tournament, but it’s horrible to go out like this."

23:02 - Congrats, Kingsley!

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France will play Portugal in Sunday's final. Commiserations to Joachim Löw and his players.

90+2' - Lloris thwarts Kimmich

We're into the second of four minutes of stoppage time. Benedikt Höwedes crosses for Kimmich, whose header is saved by Lloris. Another excellent stop.

88' - Sweeper keeper

Neuer is almost at the half way line as he attempts to kick-start a late Germany recovery. This France defence looks watertight, though. Germany's EURO 2016 hopes are hanging by a thread.

85' - Time running out...

...and Germany appear to be running out of ideas too. France are hungry for a third and Griezmann breaks free on the left, but his shot is straight at Neuer.


79' - Final throw of the dice

Bastian Schweinsteiger comes off in place of Leroy Sane, who makes his tournament debut for Die Mannschaft. Can he make an impact?


Joshua Kimmich almost makes up for his error with a sublime effort which grazes the outside of Hugo Lloris' post. Moments later Julian Draxler slams a free-kick from distance wide of the target. Germany throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at France.


Germany have a mountain to climb. Kimmich loses the ball in midfield, allowing Pogba to stride forward, beat Mustafi and cross into the centre. Neuer fails to clear and Antoine Griezmann prods the loose ball into the empty net.

67' - Götze replaces Can

The attacking substitution we were all expecting as Mario Götze comes on for Emre Can.

Thomas Müller has shifted out to the right with Götze now playing as the lone striker. Or false nine - whichever you prefer.

63' - Koscielny heads over

Laurent Koscielny, who has been superb this evening, heads just over Manuel Neuer's crossbar.

Mustafi has just entered the fray for Boateng but expect more changes from Joachim Löw within the next few minutes. Just as I type, Mario Götze is being readied...

59' - Boateng's coming off...

Jerome Boateng has gone down with what looks like a thigh injury. The Bayern man cannot continue and Shkodran Mustafi is going to come on in his stead.

53' - Who can unlock France's defence?

Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti have not put a foot wrong so far tonight. It's going to take something special to breach the French rearguard, but it's not like Germany haven't got the tools to produce something exceptional.

47' - Les Bleus pushing for a second

Just like the beginning of the first half, France have started the second on the front foot and Jerome Boateng is forced to block a goal-bound Griezmann shot within minutes of the restart.


The ball is rolling again in Marseille...

21:53 - Ominous for Germany


That is harsh on Germany, who shaded the first half in Marseille. They trail as the referee blows for the interval, but they have plenty of time to turn things around.


It took the referee a while to point to the spot, but replays suggest it was the correct decision. Griezmann steps up and sends Neuer the wrong way. France lead.


Handball by Schweinsteiger. Griezmann to take...


Olivier Giroud is through on goal. Well, he thought he was. As did the majority of fans inside the Stade Velodrome. But Benedikt Höwedes recovers in time to make a sensational tackle and clear the ball for a corner, which comes to nothing.

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37' - It's Pogba's turn

He let Payet try his luck from France's last free-kick, but Paul Pogba wasn't letting anyone else have a go from Les Bleus' next set-piece. The Juventus ace tries strikes the ball well enough, but Neuer is equal to it once more.

32' - Close but no cigar

Joshua Kimmich's cross is just too long for Müller in the penalty area. The ball lands at the feet of Julian Draxler, but the Wolfsburg man can't control it and France manage to clear before Müller can get his toe on it.

27' - No way past Lloris!

Former Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger is next to test Hugo Lloris in the France goal. His effort is heading towards the far corner, but Lloris just manages to tip it over the crossbar.

The resulting corner comes to nothing.

24' - France win a free-kick

Payet and Pogba are standing over the ball around 30 metres from goal. Payet strikes it... but he'll have to do a lot better to beat Neuer from that distance!

Still goalless in Marseille.

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20' - Germany on the front foot...

...but France pose a considerable threat on the counter with Payet and Sissoko difficult to stop when they get into their stride. Sissoko bombs forward once more on the left-hand side and tries to find Giroud in the centre, but Höwedes is there to clear.

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14' - Can goes close

And another chance for Germany as Emre Can forces Lloris into another smart stop. Carbon copy of Neuer's earlier save.

This is developing into an excellent contest!

13' - He's getting closer...

Thomas Müller gets on the end of a low cross from the right but can't direct the ball on target. Hugo Lloris was scampering across his goalline though... the Tottenham Hotspur keeper will have been relieved to see that trickle past the post.

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Antoine Griezmann, who has enjoyed an outstanding tournament, almost grabs the opener after neat interplay with Blaise Matuidi, but Manuel Neuer is down quickly with a strong left hand to palm the ball to safety. Superb stop!

5' - Fast start by the hosts

Germany under intense pressure in the opening stages at the Stade Velodrome, but they are defending well thus far. No chances to speak of as yet.


We're off in Marseille! The atmosphere is absolutely electric... can Joachim Löw's troops silence the home faithful with an early goal?

20:57 - Northern Irish support

Northern Ireland are backing their Group C rivals to reach the final this evening. Not long to go now...!

20:40 - Is Aubameyang supporting Germany tonight?

Click here for more on Dortmund's speedster.

20:37 - The famous five

We ran the rule over five players we think could be key for Germany tonight. Have a read of who they are right here, and then let us know what you think!

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20:35 - Germany's lucky charm?

20:30 - We're feeling ready

20:25 - The Germany line-up in video format

For all you lucky people who like a moving line-up.

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20:21 - Hector the man

It was - against all odds - Jonas Hector who came to Germany's rescue in that dramatic penalty shoot-out against Italy in Bordeaux on Saturday night. But who is the 1. FC Köln left-back who watched the 2014 FIFA World Final from the comfort his sofa? Find out more here.

20:17 - Khedira and Hummels get set

Sami Khedira is injured while Mats Hummels is suspended.

20:15 - a pre-match giggle

Is tonight the night for Leroy Sane? We've got all you need to know about the Schalke youngster here.

20:12 - Fancy Germany to win?

Die Nationalmannschaft were impressive in beating Italy last time out. Here are five reasons why we think they can get past France tonight.

20:06 - time to break his EURO duck?

Click here for more on Thomas Müller.

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20:03 - the hallowed turf

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19:47 - line-ups are in

It's an all-Bundesliga back five for Germany as Manuel Neuer starts behind Joshua Kimmich, Benedikt Höwedes, Jerome Boateng and Jonas Hector. Thomas Müller leads the line with Julian Draxler expected to start on the left.

France are as generally expected, with Moussa Sissoko the only real surprise in the line-up.

19:36 - Germany arrive

No pressure, lads...

19:30 - Inside the dressing room

Here's a quick look inside the Germany dressing room...

19:24 - En route for the rendez-vous

Plenty of French in that title, huh?! How about that? Anyway, Germany are on their way to the stadium as you can see in the tweet below. We're getting a bit excited. It's France versus Germany in the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-final. What's not to like?


19:00 - A tour of Marseille

With two hours until kick-off, it is high time to get a bit of background on Marseille - host city for tonight's encounter. The city's stadium - the Stade Velodrome - has already hosted France once this tournament, with Les Bleus running out 2-0 victors over Albania in the group stages. The Velodrome itself is a stunning arena - with a capacity of 67,000 - and usually home to Olympique Marseille, one of France's biggest clubs. The city itself boasts a population of around 860,000 and was chosen as the second best destination on the planet by no less an observer than The New York Times. Visited by more than five million people each year, Marseille sits on the Mediterranean Sea and enjoys glorious weather for most of the year. It was European Capital of Culture in 2013 and a certain Zinedine Zidane - maybe a cultural icon in his own right - was born there.

18:40 - prediction time

Who you backing?

18:09 - Boateng pumped

He's been arguably Germany's best player at the tournament so far, and Jerome Boateng sounds like he's in the mood.

17:48 - Meanwhile in China...

Over in the Far East, FC Schalke 04's pre-season tour of China continues to excite the football-crazy locals, although the Royal Blues suffered defeat in their second friendly match of the trip. After a goalless 90 minutes against Luis Felipe Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande FC, Sidney Sam's miss from the spot mean Schalke were beaten 5-4 on penalties. Click here for our match report, and don't forget we have a dedicated mini-site to all the clubs involved in the #BLWorldTour.

Who are Schalke playing on Matchday 1 of the new Bundesliga season? Head right here to find out all!

17:31 - Battle of the fans!

Germany and France supporters have been engaging in some friendly banter in Marseille this afternoon. You can decide for yourself who the better fans are...

17:12 - Kahn's dream final

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn admits that he'd rather this game be played on Sunday in Paris. You can't have it all, Olli...

16:41 - Umtiti to start?

Impressive in the quarter-final win over Iceland, Samuel Umtiti is set to keep his place in the starting line-up, despite Adil Rami’s return from suspension. Umtiti, who will complete a move from Olympique Lyonnais to FC Barcelona after the tournament, will partner Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny at the heart of France’s defence, according to French media.

16:14 - From sofa to semi-final

Two years ago, Jonas Hector was watching Germany win the World Cup from his living room - now he's Joachim Löw's first-choice left-back and takes his place in the side for tonight's match having netted the decisive penalty in the shootout win over Italy in the last round. We take a look at the 1. FC Köln man's extraordinary rise to prominence.

16:04 - Will Müller's run endure?

Here's another reason why Germany will hope Thomas Müller's barren run in front of goal ends this evening:

15:44 - Lizarazu: 'Coman can hurt any defence'

We heard earlier from Marcel Desailly, and now we can bring you the views of another Frenchman, one more well known to Bundesliga supporters: Bixente Lizarazu. The former left-back spent eight and a half years at FC Bayern and played close to 100 games for France, and he gave an exclusive interview ahead of tonight's "special game". "Kingsley Coman can cause problems for any defence in the world," believes the 46-year-old. Click here for the full interview with Lizarazu.

15:30 - Giroud's lucky streak

With no Hummels tonight, Jerome Boateng will have to be extra watchful when marking France striker Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal man has three goals in the tournament and is something of a lucky charm for his side:

15:17 - Who are you backing?

14:52 - Pogba rallys the supporters

France midfielder Paul Pogba has issued a rallying cry to French supporters ahead of this evening's match: "Whoever doesn't get jump [in the stadium] tonight isn't French! Go France!"

14:29 - Bayern flying the flag

Germany's champions are still extremely well represented at the EUROs...

13:29 - Did you know...

...that it was on this day that Germany won the 1974 World Cup? Or that tonight's referee is the same man who presided over their victory over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final? Or that Germany are unbeaten in a tournament match against the hosts since they lost to England in 1966? For the more superstitious among you, they're just some of the reasons Germany will beat France this evening...

13:16 - The Desailly view

Speaking of defenders, here's what former World Cup winner and European champion Marcel Desailly makes of his native France in defence:

13:02 - No Hummels a blow, says Favre

Former Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre, now in charge at OGC Nice in France's Ligue 1, says Germany will suffer without the suspended Mats Hummels at the back. The 58-year-old told L’Équipe: "The two teams are very evenly-matched. The most impressive thing is that Germany have not conceded a goal from open play yet. Their team is well-drilled, they defend very well. They’re going to miss Hummels though. He’s a key player for them. [Benedikt] Höwedes is a good player, but it’s not the same."

12:43 - France's biggest threat?

Antoine Griezmann is a man bang in form for France. The Club Atletico de Madrid man has formed a formidable partnership with fellow attackers Olivier Giroud and Dimitri Payet, and has now scored four times at the tournament. Germany's six-strong Bayern contingent will also not have forgotten Griezmann's goal that knocked them out of the UEFA Champions League at the semi-final stage back in May.

12:22 - 'We know what's coming'

Speaking to, Müller explained that the team are well aware of the threat France will pose this evening:

He may not have found his shooting boots in France just yet, but here's a reminder of what Müller can do:

12:11 - Müller's goal drought

Thomas Müller scored for Germany against France in a friendly in Paris back in February 2013 and netted 20 goals in the league in 2015/16, but he has struggled at the tournament so far. Indeed, he remains without a goal in ten European Championship matches stretching back to EURO 2012. Can he break his duck this evening?

11:44 - Weigl's time to shine?

If Löw does opt to use Weigl, he can rest assured that the player will not let the occasion get to him. Weigl narrowly avoided relegation to the third tier just over a year ago, but his composure and qualities on the ball have turned him into a mainstay of the Dortmund side. It has been quite a journey for the 20-year-old.

11:16 - Schweinsteiger a risk?

Germany captain Schweinsteiger no doubt has the experience required for a game of this magnitude, but does he have the required physical fitness? Joachim Löw stated Schweinsteiger is "will definitely start " in the absence of Sami Khedira. Yet the Manchester United midfielder has played just twice for his club in 2016 and has only managed brief substitute appearances in four of Germany's five games at the tournament so far. Will he be able to combat the likes of Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Blaise Matuidi? Löw seems to think so: "We have three players - Mario Gomez, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels - whom we have to replace, which is not easy,"said the coach on Wednesday. "This is why it is important that an experienced player like Bastian starts."

11:02 - Final preparations

"The shirts and the pennant are ready for the semi-final in Marseille this evening." France captain Hugo Lloris will likely present the latter to Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger before kick-off tonight.

10:48 - Winner to meet Portugal

The first semi-final was, of course, played in Lyon on Tuesday night and won 2-0 by a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Portugal against Wales, with FC Bayern München's Renato Sanches also impressing.

10:33 - Make Reus your cover star

Ordinarily, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus would be preparing to face France just like the rest of the Germany side, but fitness issues cruelly ruled him out of this tournament. Yet regardless of Germany's result this evening, you can give him another reason to celebrate by voting for him as the cover star of EA Sports' FIFA '17. He's up against James Rodriguez (Real Madrid CF), Anthony Martial (Manchester United FC) and Eden Hazard (Chelsea FC). Surely Reus gets your vote?

10:23 - A nation expects

Today's front cover of French football daily L'Équipe has tapped into the bubbling sense of anticipation ahead of tonight's match. "Day of Glory!" is what they are calling today - a rallying cry to the French people and, quite appropriately, the second line of La Marseillaise, France's national anthem. You have to go back 18 years to the time when France last played a game of this magnitude on home soil - the FIFA World Cup final against Brazil in 1998. What an occasion it will be tonight.

10:11 - All roads lead to Paris

Tonight's match is the final hurdle for Germany as they seek a first appearance in a European Championship final since 2008.

10:00 - Welcome!

Good morning everybody! Today is the big day: Germany versus France for a place in the UEFA EURO 2016 final on Sunday.