Griezmann penalty fires France in front in Euro 2016 semi

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MARSEILLE: France forward Antoine Griezmann gave the hosts a first-half lead from the penalty spot in the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany on Thursday.

France had goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping a clean sheet as Germany threatened to break the deadlock on several occasions.

But in the final minute of the half, Bastian Schweinsteiger was ruled to have committed a handball in the area in a decision which was contested by the German players.

Griezmann stepped up to beat Manuel Neuer to give France a 1-0 half-time lead.