Pogba happy with France win but sad for team-mate Buffon

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The Juventus star says he felt 'very bad' watching his club colleague cry after Italy's European Championship exit but insists he is happy to have made it through to the last four

Paul Pogba has spoken of his delight at reaching the Euro 2016 semi-final with France, but admits he was upset by Italy’s penalty defeat to Germany in their quarter-final.

France overcame Iceland 5-2 at the Stade de France on Sunday with Pogba one of the goalscoreers, and they will now meet Joachim Low’s world champions in Thursday’s semi-final in Marseille after they edged out Italy 24 hours earlier.

And Pogba admits that while Germany will provide a tough test, the same could have been said of Antonio Conte’s side had they progressed.

“I am very happy to be in the semi-final, I cannot cry. I am so happy for this,” Pogba told reporters after the match.

“A semi-final is a semi-final, Italy and Germany are equally tough. Either way, we want to continue so we want to win and both are great sides.”

The Juventus midfielder spared a word for his club colleague Gianluigi Buffon, who shed tears after being on the losing end in Saturday’s memorable shoot-out.

“To see Gigi crying made me feel very bad sat in front of the television,” Pogba added. “He is a great goalkeeper, he gave his best and so did the team. They produced a very good game, but this is football.

“However they have had a fantastic Euros, nobody expected such a great Italian team. I’m not happy with what happened for them. I am truly a player who plays with them so I am proud when they play well.”

The winners of the Germany v France clash will face one of Portugal and Wales in Sunday’s final at the Stade de France.

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