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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Griezmann gets consolation of being named as best player

Hull manager Steve Bruce. Pic: AP
Hull manager Steve Bruce. Pic: AP

France forward Antoine Griezmann was named player of the tournament yesterday after leading the Euro 2016 hosts to Sunday's final where they lost to Portugal in extra time.

The 25-year-old was the tournament's top scorer with six goals -- more than any player at one European Championship since Michel Platini hit nine in France's 1984-winning campaign on home soil.

The Atletico Madrid striker, who also provided two assists, scored both of France's goals in their 2-0 semi-final win over Germany and winners against Albania in the group stage and Ireland in the Round of 16.

Four Portuguese players and three from Germany were named in the team of the tournament. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was joined by Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Wales captain Gareth Bale, who inspired his country to a historic semi-final against Portugal and is Ronaldo's club mate at Real Madrid, was overlooked but team mates Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey were included.

Team of the tournament:

Goalkeeper: Rui Patricio (Portugal). Defenders: Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Jerome Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal). Midfielders: Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Antoine Griezmann (France), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Dmitri Payet (France). Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) .

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