many greetings from International Betty MacDonald fan club event France 2016.
That was incredible!
What an unforgettable game!
It should have been the Final: France vs Germany!
Many fans incl. Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund are very critical that Italian Nicola Rizzoli was the referee after Germany won against Italy.
UEFA never did this before and many fans from all over the world ask the reason why.
Nicola Rizzoli did a huge mistake.
( see comment below )
Many fans believe that Germany had two matches against Italy.
We had lots of fun in Paris and France.
There will be a new Intenational Betty MacDonald fan club event France 2016 DVD very soon with many bonus items.
I'm sad that France lost the final but many fans say with Nicola Rizzoli as referee France would have won against Portugal.
Wishing you a great Tuesday!
Hosts France made it through to the Euro 2016 Final on Thursday night, with a helping hand from Bastian Schweinsteiger and referee Nicola Rizzoli. Rizzoli, who has refereed a UEFA Champions League Final and FIFA World Cup Final, made a huge call on the stroke of half-time to award France a penalty when Patrice Evra headed the ball against the arm of the Germany captain.
The danger seemed to have been cleared but suddenly a caution was brandished and the Italian official pointed to the spot amidst German protests. Antoine Griezmann converted, and his second half effort sealed the victory.
Former FIFA official Glenn Turner was covering the game on our Ref Cam service, and he was firm in the decision that Rizzoli and his team got the big decision wrong.
“The huge talking point is the referee,” Turner reported in his post-match summary. “Nicola Rizzoli made a massive call at the end of the first half when he gifted a penalty kick to the hosts.
“Our Refcam followers sent Twitter crazy with their contrasting views on whether he called it correctly or not. I’m afraid he got it wrong, and the reason is clear.
“In order to give a direct free-kick (or penalty kick) for handball the offence has to be deliberate, and for me it was far from it.”
Read more: Ref Cam review – Germany v France
Other than that, Rizzoli was ‘calmness personified’ throughout the game, a good lesson for referees of how manage a match in difficult circumstances, but unfortunately the penalty call will remain the abiding memory.
“Overall, Rizzoli was doing very well right up until the incorrect penalty call,” Turner added. “He went from having a very good game to changing the result with one big mistake.
“It is such a shame that his mistake will forever mask what was otherwise a good performance, but big calls change games – that was not good enough at this level.”
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Germany vs France, Euro 2016 semi-final live: Griezmann fires France to Euro 2016 final vs Portugal with brilliant double
How did France win?
Paul Hayward on the match
Anyone who says history is an irrelevant backdrop to these games should have been here to witness the intensity of Germany versus France: the world champions against the hosts, in game 50 of this sprawling tournament, with two great traditions at stake.
There has been much to commend this European Championship, but few direct clashes to bring butterflies to stomachs. Germany v Italy was one, but Germany v France was on another level, with a final against Portugal awaiting this collision of surely the two best teams in France. Even the climate did its bit, baking this coastal city and adding the extra clamminess that comes with great sport on hot summer nights.
As it is, let's just enjoy the France vs Portugal final. Just because all the UK teams are out of the tournament doesn't mean we have to instantly start thinking about Transfer Deadline Day.
What can Germany do? France are defending in numbers but still the ball is being pinged into the box from wide.
Germany go forward and Kimmich fires across the box. Draxler wins a corner at the near post. It's getting tense!
Mario Gotze is getting ready to come on - Low's going to change things up a big. I'd guess one of Can or Schweinsteiger will make way here. It is Can who goes off.
Toni Kroos has just played a bad pass, which sadly means that now the universe has to end. It was nice while it lasted.
Griezmann is so up for this one it's unreal. He flies in for another attack, links with Giroud and fires a shot which deflects off Boateng and over for a corner. Boateng shouts as his fellow defenders.
Balance of play
Jogi Low has 10 minutes to tell his players to go out and do exactly what they were doing before. We could be on for a very exciting second half.
France have a corner! Griezmann takes it and Payet tries to get his head on it. The referee blows a whistle. No idea what's going on here.
France still cannot keep the ball! They've seen it maybe five times in the last five minutes but have lost possession almost straight away.
France have started on the front foot - they're up for the game and are playing with a real intensity at the moment.
The Iceland clap
Head to head
Gomez is a big loss tonight, but Hummels might be missed even more as France go all out attack.
Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra; Pogba, Matuidi; Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet; Giroud
Are Germany changing their shape for this one?
Neuer; Hector, Howedes, Boateng, Kimmich; Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Draxler, Can, Kroos; Muller
Jason Burt says France must defeat their own fears if they are to beat Germany tonight and he's not wrong. Germany are world champions and that should count for something too... but this one is tough to call.
Thursday 7 July. It's the penultimate game of Euro 2016. So make sure that you enjoy it.
8pm. So you'll be able to fit in that episode of The One Show, but best stick a VHS in to tape Celebrity MasterChef.
The Stade de France will be the venue for either France's or Iceland's demise, before hosting the final itself on July 10. Will either of these sides be back in Saint-Denis a week later?
ITV1 begin their live broadcast with build-up from 7:15pm. Now we're at the sharp end of the tournament you can imagine all the pre-match frippery we'll be treated to by Mark Pougatch and the gang.
How did they get this far in Euro 2016?
After a slightly wobbly start to the tournament, France have been rock solid in the last couple of games, and showed England up (if losing to Iceland hadn't already shown them up somewhat) by thrashing Iceland 5-2. Germany required penalties to beat Italy in the quarter-final, but were exceptionally unlucky to have not finished the job in normal time.
- beat Ukraine 2-0 (group stage)
- drew with Poland 0-0 (group stage)
- beat Northern Ireland 1-0 (group stage)
- beat Slovakia 3-0 (round of 16)
- beat Italy 1-1 (6-5 on penalties) (quarter-final)
- beat Romania 2-1 (group stage)
- beat Albania 2-0 (group stage)
- drew with Switzerland 0-0 (group stage)
- beat Republic of Ireland 2-1 (round of 16)
- beat Iceland 5-2 (quarter-final)
Joachim Löw, Germany manager
Italy are a different side to Slovakia. They play with two central attackers and two wingers, who are playing high up the pitch. It's too dangerous to take them on in a four versus four.
They play from the wings into the middle, try to lay it off and then to run deep. It is easily predictable, but they are doing it well. Right after the Italy-Spain game, it was my first thought to play like this.
Didier Deschamps, France manager
"We must adapt. Not just to their strengths, but to what we are capable of doing.
Up to now, apart from Switzerland, we have played against opponents who were there to defend. The more we can force Germany to defend, the better.
What are the betting odds?
Germany to win: 2/1 France to win: 24/13 Draw (after 90 minutes): 39/19
3-1 to Germany, after extra-time
- Germany to take an early lead through a scrappy Thomas Muller goal
- France throw the le kitchen sink at it but struggle to create chances
- Payet comes up with the goods in the final minute to force extra-time
- Schweinsteiger scores a speculative goal within seconds of the restart
- France throw men forward, but another random German player seals the deal late on