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Bastian Schweinsteiger gave away a penalty..

Bild attack Bastian Schweinsteiger after handball v France

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Germany's brilliant run in major tournaments came to a crashing end in the Stade Velodrome last night as France knocked them out of the European Championships by beating them 2-0.

Having won the World Cup two years ago, you would think the press would give Joachim Low's men some slack, but you would be wrong.

Bild have gone straight for the jugular with their front page on Friday morning, specifically targeting the team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 31-year-old was guilty of a handball in first-half injury time that gifted Antoine Griezmann the chance to convert from the penalty spot.

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In what had been a fairly even affair, France went in 1-0 up and the entire game changed. Germany's biggest tabloid newspaper are pretty sure who is to blame and have no sympathy for the man who has given his country so much.

The front page reads: "Only Schweinsteiger! Only our captain! A needless handball, gave away a penalty. The semi-final is the end of the European Championships for Germany. A tragedy."

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A tragedy? Really? Try going out to Iceland in the second round then we can talk about what is and what is not a tragedy, Bild.

The handball

There was plenty of debate over whether Schweinsteiger's handball was actually an infringement or just bad luck.

Germany v France - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

Replays appear to show an obvious attempt to block Patrice Evra's header with his hand. And the picture above is pretty damning evidence too.

Time to retire?

Schweinsteiger's international future is now in some doubt. The former Bayern Munich star has struggled to stay fit for much of the last three seasons and went into the tournament on the back of a serious knee injury. Indeed, his inclusion in the squad was something of a shock let alone the fact that he was starting a semi-final.

With a new manager in Jose Mourinho to impress, Schweinsteiger would do well to focus on the domestic side of the game. Having won the World Cup, his legacy was sealed but now it appears that it is being tarnished with every cap.

Germany v France - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

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