July 07, 2016

PARIS (AP) The Latest from the European Championship (all times local):


10:32 p.m.

Antoine Griezmann has scored his sixth goal of Euro 2016 to give France a 2-0 lead over Germany after Paul Pogba pounced on a defensive error area.

Manuel Neuer flapped at Pogba's cross from the left and Griezmann poked the loose ball into an empty net.


10:30 p.m.

GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores again in the 72nd minute. France leads Germany 2-0.


9:57 p.m.

Host nation France led World Cup holder Germany 1-0 at halftime in their European Championship semifinal after Antoine Griezmann scored from the penalty spot shortly before the break.

Griezmann struck his spot-kick to Manuel Neuer's right after Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger gave away the penalty with a handball.

Prior to the penalty, Germany had the better of the first half, with Thomas Mueller missing from a good position in the 13th minute. Emre Can also forced a save from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris with a bouncing shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Shortly before the penalty, Olivier Giroud got behind the German defense on a fast breakaway but was stopped by a sliding tackle from Benedikt Hoewedes as he tried to shoot.

France also took advantage of a slow German start to threaten early on, with Antoine Griezmann forcing a save by Manuel Neuer from inside the area.


9:49 p.m.

Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in stoppage time after Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger handled the ball in the area as he challenged Patrice Evra. Griezmann fired his spot-kick into the bottom left corner to give France a 1-0 lead at halftime in their semifinal.

The winner of the match plays Portugal in Sunday's final.



GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores a penalty in first half stoppage time. France leads Germany 1-0.


8:10 p.m.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has made three changes to the starting 11 that beat Italy on penalties in the quarterfinal.

With central defender Mats Hummels suspended and injuries for midfielder Sami Khedira and forward Mario Gomez, Loew has brought in defensive midfielder Emre Can, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger - who had been an injury doubt - and winger Julian Draxler.

France coach Didier Deschamps has named an unchanged team from the quarterfinal win over Iceland.

Samuel Umtiti in defense and Moussa Sissoko in midfield keep their starting places, instead of Adil Rami and N'Golo Kante, who were suspended for the last game.

Striker Olivier Giroud leads the attack, supported by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet - a trio that has yielded 10 of France's 11 goals so far.


7:58 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the semifinal between France and Germany at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille:

Germany: Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes, Joshua Kimmich, Emre Can, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller.

France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Samuel Umtiti, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Moussa Sissoko, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.


5:40 p.m.

It's going to be hot work Thursday night for players and fans in the southern French city of Marseille for the second semifinal of the European Championship as host France takes on world champion Germany for a place in Sunday's final against Portugal at the Stade de France.

Temperatures late afternoon hovered around 33 degrees Celsius (91F) at the Stade Velodrome, with the sun beating down from a nearly cloudless blue sky on fans who sat in the shade of trees near the stadium.

The good news for Germany and France players is that the temperatures are forecast to drop slightly by the 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) kickoff time, but they will still be around 26 degrees Celsius (79F).


5:27 p.m.

Romania has turned to a German coach after being eliminated from the European Championship without winning a game.

The Romanian football federation says it appointed Christoph Daum to coach the national team.

Daum replaces former Romania playing great Anghel Iordanescu, who completed his third stint as coach after his team's exit from Euro 2016.

Romania placed last in a group that included France, Switzerland and Albania.

The 62-year-old Daum has coached club teams to national league titles in Germany, Turkey and Austria.

He was widely expected to be appointed Germany coach after the team's disappointing Euro 2000, until he subsequently admitted to cocaine use in the past.


5:25 p.m.

Tricolors fluttered everywhere in Marseille on Thursday ahead of the second European Championship semifinal, with the black, red and yellow German flag outnumbering the red, white and blue of France in the city's packed Old Port.

Elsewhere, market traders used flags as sunshades and passengers waved the French tricolor from car windows as they maneuvered traffic-clogged streets near the Stade Velodrome. Even beggars asking for change had the French flag's stripes painted on their faces.

On a beach near the city's Fan Zone, German fans lived up to one national stereotype by laying out their flags alongside towels early in the day as they soaked up the Mediterranean sun hours before their team attempted to reach Sunday's final. Portugal awaits the winner, with Germany hoping to add the European title to the World Cup it won two years ago in Brazil.


1:50 p.m.

Wales fans will get the chance to welcome home the European Championship semifinalist Friday with an open-top bus parade through the streets of Cardiff and a performance by Welsh band Manic Street Preachers.

A 2-0 defeat by Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday brought Wales' presence at the championship to an end.

As well as the bus parade, The Football Association of Wales is opening Cardiff City Stadium on Friday. There will be a presentation to the players and coaching staff as well as music.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: ''We feel this event is a great way of everyone celebrating what has been a historic period for Welsh football.


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