Hosts France are aiming to win their third European Championship on Sunday when they face Portugal in the Euro 2016 final with the outcome potentially hinging on the teams' attacking talismans Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
France went unchanged from the 2-0 semi-final win against Germany on Thursday, while Pepe came back into the Portugal side for Bruno Alves, and William Carvalho replaced Danilo.
"He has this speed and technical ability, he had a few chances tonight".
Griezmann, whose goals helped Atletico Madrid advance to the Champions League final this year, opened the scoring with a penalty just before halftime exploited a rare blunder from Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the break to settle the match.
Apart from Platini, who netted nine times back in 1984, no-one has ever scored as many as Griezmann in the history of the European Championship.
With Germany out there are now no Liverpool players left in Euro 2016 which was obviously disappointing for the Reds faithful.
He scored one goal each against Albania during the group stage, and against Iceland during the quarterfinals.
"Too many things went wrong but I must give a great compliment to the team, we were the better side".
"Still, we know that we belong to the best teams in the world with our style of play".
Ronaldo - a serial victor in individual and team prizes in club football - will get another chance to win his first trophy on the global stage when Portugal meets France in Sunday's final at the Stade de France. "We can accept our opponent's performance and sincerely and warmly congratulate the French team on progressing to the final", read the letter, published on Germany's official website.
"We started in a soft way - results in the early games were not what we wanted - but on balance the benefit is positive because to get to a final which takes a lot of merit and we have the players, coaches and the whole structure of the team". We put in a lot of effort, showed good body language, got forward and were good in one on ones.
And Kroos reacted: "We delivered our best performance at Euro 2016 today so it's odd that we suffered a 2-0 defeat".
"I think the French people really needed to escape via this competition and sport has this strength to bring people together, to unite people".
If Deschamps' men prevail, the celebrations will be very special all around France, but none more so than in Paris.
"We had our chances but didn't score". The 2-0 victory against Germany in the semifinals has given lifted the confidence of Didier Deschamps and his players.