Handball was given against Schweinsteiger .

Bastian Schweinsteiger gives away dubious penalty against France - Twitter reacts

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No football fan quite knew what to expect heading into France's semi-final clash with Germany at Euro 2016.

Both sides entered the game in fine form with the hosts slight favourites following their crushing 5-2 defeat against Iceland in the quarter-finals.

However, perhaps unexpectedly, Germany dominated.


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Through Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Joachim Low's side dictated play for much of the first half, with France hanging on for dear life.

And then it happened. From a corner in the 45th minute, Patrice Evra's header struck Schweinsteiger's hand from close range and the referee, bewilderingly, pointed to the penalty spot. Watch the incident below.

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Antoine Griezmann converted the resulting spot kick with aplomb but, safe to say, Twitter was far from impressed with what they had just seen.


Germany now face an uphill task to claw their way back into the game with France expected to defend in numbers.

Didier Deschamps' side have a lot of work to do, of course, but without an out-and-out striker, Ozil and co. might struggle to get their all-important goal.

It could have been worse for Germany, though, had Olivier Giroud made the most of his free run on goal late in the first half.


With Griezmann open to his right, the Arsenal striker opted to go alone but was caught by Benedikt Howedes, who blocked his shot.

An interesting 45 minutes awaits.

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