Antoine Griezmann explains why he wanted to take penalty vs Germany

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Antoine Griezmann was at the double for France on Thursday night as they overcame Germany by two goals to nil to reach the final of Euro 2016. 

Griezmann, 25, opened the scoring from the penalty spot at the Stade Velodrome and he has now revealed why he was so desperate to take the kick. 

The versatile forward, who is currently the leading scorer at the European Championships with six goals, has insisted that he was determined to take the penalty in 'another important match' after missing a spot kick for Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid during the Champions League final back in May. 


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Indeed, with Real leading the final by one goal to nil, Griezmann failed to find the back of the net for Atletico. 

It must be noted, however, that after substitute Yannick Carrasco equalised for Atletico, Griezmann was offered a shot at redemption from the penalty spot but, despite scoring, his side were beaten 5-3 in the shootout. 

Penalty decision 

It's fair to say, then, that his crucial strike against Germany would have been one to savour.

Griezmann said, as per The Sun: “I missed my pen in the Champions League final and I wanted to make sure that hit the back of the net.

“I really wanted to take a penalty in another important match. I’m pleased to have taken the decision and to have scored.

“It’s a group effort and we’re so thrilled to get to the final and we’ll make the most of it tonight.

“We’re like kids, there’s a whole country behind us and we have to give 100 per cent for them. Now we have to win the final.”

Germany out 

Germany, meanwhile, will certainly come away from the fixture with their fair share of regrets. Joachim Low's side controlled large parts of the match but were just unable to break down a spirited French side. 

And Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer, who was at fault for Griezmann's second goal, has insisted that the 2-0 defeat wasn't a fair result. 

Neuer said: “There are no worse moments than losing these games. 2-0 was not a fair result.

“Of course the penalty was crucial but we had a whole half to equalise. We had chances but couldn’t take them. France took their chances.”

Manager Low backed up that notion by insisting that his side were the better team. He stated: “They will win against Portugal. We were the better side today but too many things went wrong.”

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