France were ‘not clinical enough’, says Tottenham keeper

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France national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris started for the hosts in the Euro 2016 final against Portugal at the Stade de France yesterday.

Portugal ended up winning the final 1-0 with second half substitute Eder scoring the only goal of the game in extra time.

France created a number of chances to scored with Antoine Griezmann, Moussa Sissoko and Olivier Giroud all coming close.

Andre-Pierre Gignac almost won it for the hosts in the last minute of regulation time but was denied by the post.

Lloris blamed his sides lack profligacy in front of goal for losing the final in his post match interview.

“The game came down to very fine margins ultimately, but I think we created a lot more chances than they did,” Lloris was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

“I don’t think we were cool or clinical enough but that is part of football.”

Lloris also stated that he did not think Portugal played particularly well but praised their determination.

The Spurs keeper underlined that Portugal won just one game in 90 minutes although he forgot to mention they did not lose a single game in the tournament either.

“Congratulations to Portugal although they didn’t necessarily play great football but they were mentally strong,” he added.
“They only won one match over 90 minutes and that shows the resource this team has.”

Lloris admitted he was gutted at losing the final but also revealed that the French team can be proud with their display over the course of the tournament.

“We are gutted that we have not been able to win the tournament but we can build on this going forward,” he said.

“When you hit the posts in the dying moments football can be very cruel but you have to get on with it and what’s important now is a we have to digest this.

“We’ve put in a lot of effort so far and the overriding emotion is a lot of sadness. We have to keep our heads up. Although we lost in the final we produced great things from game to game. We made a lot of French people very proud.”

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