#360fans: Euro 2016 semi-final Best XI as decided by you

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Starring roles: Nani, Griezmann and Kroos.

The 2016 European Championships is now set for a thrilling final between France and Germany, and Sport360 looks back at the best performers who helped their countries get through the semi-final phase of the competition.

Here are the players voted by you using valorafutbol.com‘s ranking system who made the best XI.

GOALKEEPER: HUGO LLORIS – FRANCE

The French captain gets the nod after some fine saves at important times, with the fact he has led his country to the final edging him ahead of Manuel Neuer, Michael McGovern and Lukasz Fabianski to the spot in goal.

DEFENDER: RAPHAEL GUERREIRO – PORTUGAL

The Borussia Dortmund left-back has been in inspired form at Euro 2016. His perfectly weighed cross for Ronaldo’s opening goal put the icing on the cake to another sterling display.

DEFENDER: LAURENT KOSCIELNY – FRANCE

Had a busy night with the continuous foray of German attacks, but the Arsenal man dealt with everything effectively and cleverly marshalled Thomas Muller – who surprisingly bowed out of the tournament without a goal.

DEFENDER: CEDRIC SOARES – FRANCE

The Southampton man was solid if unspectacular, but his most telling contribution was containing the impact of Wales’ Neil Taylor down the left.

DEFENDER: JOSE FONTE – PORTUGAL

Looked comfortable in possession and made a vital clearance to stop Andy King’s attempted header on goal.

MIDFIELDER: TONI KROOS – GERMANY

The 26-year-old is one of the best midfielders in Europe, with his mixture of incredible passing range and equally-impressive vision. Dictated proceedings for Germany but was unable to prevent his country bowing out to hosts France in the semi-finals.

MIDFIELDER: PAUL POGBA – FRANCE

Another solid performance from Pogba as he teed up Antoine Griezmann for France’s second goal. Although not at his best, he will be a central figure when Les Bleus step out against Portugal in the final.

Magnifique: Paul Pogba.

Magnifique: Paul Pogba.

MIDFIELDER: ADRIEN SILVA – PORTUGAL

Showed his class again with a hard-working display around the middle. The Sporting Lisbon man never looks out of comfort on the ball and offers Nani, Ronaldo and Renato Sanches plenty of balance.

MIDFIELDER: NANI – PORTUGAL

The former Manchester United player continues to enjoy a solid tournament and made a vital contribution against Wales with a neat finish to make it 2-0. He’ll need to be at his best if the Portuguese are to outclass France in Sunday’s decider.

MIDFIELDER: DANILO – PORTUGAL

He took a while to get used to the tempo of the game but came close to scoring Portugal’s third goal. Ferocious in the tackle, he stepped up strongly in William Carvalho’s absence.

STRIKER: ANTOINE GRIEZMANN – FRANCE

Following a fine season with Atletico Madrid, it should perhaps come as little surprise to see Griezmann shining so brightly for the home nation.

A fine finisher and intelligent in possession, the 25-year-old’s brace against Germany saw the home nation into the final, taking his tally to six for the tournament.

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VOTE for your favourite goal of Euro 2016 semi-finals!

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Vote below for your favourite goal.

The Euro 2016 is now at its final stage, France and Portugal having confirmed their places as the tournament approaches its conclusion.

Previously, YOU the fans voted Radja Nainggolan’s screamer the goal of the quarter-finals with a whopping 64% of the votes.

And here, we look at four of the best goals to be scored in the semi-finals and ask YOU to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL vs Wales)

Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championship history as Portugal ended Wales’s extraordinary Euro 2016 journey with victory on Wednesday.

In what was billed as a shootout between Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale, it was the Portugal captain who prevailed, opening the scoring in Lyon with a majestic 50th-minute header that saw him tie France great Michel Platini’s record of nine goals at the Euro finals.

NANI (PORTUGAL vs Wales)

The former Manchester United player continues to enjoy a solid tournament and made a vital contribution against Wales with a neat finish after Ronaldo miscued the initial effort.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (FRANCE vs Germany)

Two goals from Antoine Griezmann propelled France into the final of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over world champions Germany.

France will now play Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Paris on Sunday.

Griezmann scored a hotly contested penalty in first-half injury time after Bastian Schweinsteiger was adjudged to have handled.

With eighteen minutes remaining, the Atletico Madrid striker put the result beyond doubt with a sweetly struck second half shot.

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What they said: France 2-0 Germany - Griezmann, Deschamps and Low

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Griezmann at the double: The Atletico star stole the show.

France’s star of Euro 2016 Antoine Griezmann exorcised some of his Champions League demons with the penalty which put his side on the way to an appearance in the final against Portugal.

The Atletico Madrid forward missed in the shoot-out as City rivals Real won an 11th European Cup in May.

However, he nervelessly stepped up to score from the spot after Bastian Schweinsteiger had been penalised for handball in first-half added time.

His second of the game 20 minutes from time when he capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took him to six for the tournament, with only the great Frenchman Michel Platini (nine) having scored more at a single European Championship.

Antoine Griezmann, France hero and man-of-the-match:

“I really wanted to take a penalty in another important match.

“I’m pleased to have taken that decision and to have scored.

“For the second goal I was just lurking to see if there was a mistake from the goalkeeper, it dropped to my feet and I was delighted.

“It was a team effort from everyone at Clairefontaine (France’s national football centre) – I’m delighted for them all.

“We can start dreaming of July 10 (and a final against Portugal).

“We have to keep our feet on the ground, there’s still a match to go; both before and during the game it was great with our fans – let’s hope we can relive that in the final.”

Didier Deschamps, France coach:

“We have three days before the final, it’s very short so we have to savour this victory.

“It’s an important step forward but the most important step is Sunday.

“We’re going to do everything in our power to go in to Sunday’s game in the best possible condition.

“We had to suffer but never gave up and that’s great for me. This is a great story – the players wrote history by knocking out Germany.

“We don’t have the power to solve people’s problems but we can generate emotions so they forget their worries.

“We generate passion and fervour, we can see that.”

Joachim Low, Germany manager:

“We were the better team. We put in a lot of effort, showed good body language, got forward and were good in one-on-ones.

“We were unfortunate to concede a penalty a minute before half-time, that was bad luck.

“We had our chances but didn’t score. Today we didn’t have the luck we needed; in 2010 and 2012 when we went out, the sides were better than us.

“Today we were better than the French but for the goals and result.

“The side did everything I told them, showed a lot of courage so there’s nothing to reproach them for.

“This was a good tournament for us. I haven’t seen too many errors from us. Overall, we have a great side.”

And here’s the best of the reaction on social media to Les Bleus’ win:

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