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Euro2016: France experiences ‘cruel and magnificent’ - Atletico Madrid star Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann admits France were dealt a cruel blow in losing the final of Euro2016 on Sunday night.

The hosts came up short in the decider, losing 1-0 to Portugal in Paris, in what was an otherwise impressive tournament performance from Les Bleus on home soil.

Golden Boot winner Griezmann failed to add to his goal tally of 6 in the final and admitted his disappointment at failing to guide his country to victory at the Stade de France.

"It's cruel and magnificent at the same time," he said.

"We've lived through some extraordinary moments, and the saddest moments as well. We have to learn. But tonight we gave it our all and we have no regrets.

"I'm proud of the squad, proud of everybody. Now we have to come back stronger."

Regarding his award for most goals at the tournament, Griezmann said it would take a while to sink after he deals with the failure of the team.

"Maybe later I can feel proud, but for now it's about the group," he added.

"I'm very disappointed for my teammates. I really wanted to offer them this trophy, but I couldn't score and I'm disappointed."

Andrew Slevison
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