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Deschamps: Griezmann proved his greatness

12:31 PM IST 08/07/16
The Bleus attacker struck twice against Germany to take his Euro 2016 tally to six goals, and his manager heaped praise on his impact in the tournament

France coach Didier Deschamps lauded match-winner Antoine Griezmann, who further enhanced his reputation as the Euro 2016 hosts advanced to Sunday's final.

Star forward Griezmann scored twice as France upstaged Germany 2-0 in Marseille on Thursday.

Euro 2016's top goalscorer took his tally to six goals after France defeated world champions Germany at a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

Asked about Griezmann's exploits, Deschamps said: "He's a great player and he proved that against Germany, he works very hard, along with Olivier Giroud from a defensive perspective he made us a very compact unit.

"He has this speed and technical ability, he had a few chances.

"He's a very important player just as he has been with Atletico Madrid throughout the season."

Griezmann's six goals at a single European Championship is bettered only by countryman Michel Platini's nine-goal haul at Euro 1984, while the 25-year-old has now scored as many goals for France at the Euros as Thierry Henry (six).