Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Paris attacks: The night football became irrelevant to Germany, France

France won 2-0 the last time they played world champions Germany on November 13, 2015 but few that night cared about football.The old rivals, meeting again on Thursday for a place in the final of Euro 2016, have fought many epic battles over the years, including two intense World Cup semifinals.but the friendly international at the Stade de France in Paris last November will not be remembered for the goals scored by Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac.As the French and German players contesting the game in Marseille on Thursday know very well, events off the pitch dominated the night.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks that killed 130 people across Paris, including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall Two explosions were clearly heard in the first half from inside the ground, located on the outskirts of Paris. The game continued and the players had to wait until after the final whistle to find out what had happened.

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