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Mesut Ozil praises France on Instagram following Euro 2016 exit

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Mesut Ozil looked more distraught than most following Germany's semi-final defeat to France at Euro 2016.

Despite his best efforts, the Arsenal star was unable to steer his side into the tournament's final, where Portugal and the hosts will now meet on Sunday.

It's a reasonable argument to make that Germany - and Ozil - were let down by poor finishing in front of goal.

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With Mario Gomez out injured, Thomas Muller lead the attacking line but made very little impact despite the service afforded to him.

When the final whistle was blown, pictures emerged of Ozil being consoled by club teammates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, and later by Arsene Wenger.

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A lack of social media activity from the 27-year-old in the aftermath said it all about just how disappointed he was, but in the early hours of Friday morning, he took to Instagram with a classy post.

"BITTER DEFEAT"

Alongside a picture of himself and Paul Pogba, he said: "The disappointment of the bitter defeat is still the same as yesterday.

"It just was not meant to be and luck was not really on our side. Nevertheless, congratulations to France being a great host.

"The team and especially the people well deserved it after all the discussions and safety precautions throughout the country since November 2015. Adieu & merci France! #GERFRA #Euro2016 @dfb_team @equipedefrance"

Talk about being gracious in defeat. Ozil deserves to be commended not just for his kind words, but also for his performances in France.

Germany v France - Semi Final: UEFA Euro 2016

The German will unfortunately be remembered for penalty misses against Slovakia and Italy, but away from set pieces, he was at the centre of everything good about Joachim Low's side.

Even Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand waxed lyrical about the Arsenal midfielder. Reacting to Ozil's strike against Italy, he tweeted: "Ozil!!! Lovely run by the full back [Jonas Hector]. Well timed runs off the ball create all kinds of havoc in defender's heads!"

And four minutes later, he was praising the former Real Madrid ace again: "Ozil dictating, probing & enjoying this! #GER look so assured in what they are doing... Dominating a very good #ITA team."

While his Euro 2016 dream is over, Ozil will now have his sights set on Premier League glory with Arsenal.

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Since arriving in north London three years ago, he has helped the Gunners to two FA Cup titles but yearns for greater success.

In a recent interview with French outlet L'Equipe, Ozil revealed he strives for perfection like former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously very ambitious, but so am I," he said. "I am a perfectionist on the pitch as well. I want to be successful with everything I do.

"He is never satisfied and always wants more. He always wants more titles and there are not a lot of players with that attitude."

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