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Griezmann tries to stay upbeat

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France talisman Antoine Griezmann says he is struggling with mixed emotions after losing to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

Also read: 'Ronaldo's fantastic halftime speech inspired Portugal'

The Atletico Madrid forward scored six goals in the competition to claim the golden boot, but had to settle for a runners-up medal as France lost the final 1-0 to Portugal in extra-time.

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ubstitute Eder stuck a shot from distance to stun the majority of fans in the Stade de France and deny the hosts a third successive triumph at home following victories in the 1984 European Championship and the 1998 World Cup.

"It's cruel and magnificent at the same time," Griezmann said after the final.

Also read: 'Portugal deserved to win Euro 2016' 

"We've lived through some extraordinary moments, and the saddest moments as well. We have to learn.

"But tonight we gave it all and we have no regrets. I'm proud of the squad, proud of everybody. Now we have to come back stronger.

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"This time we didn't manage it, unlike against Germany. It is a pity. We hit the post, I had chances as well and I almost scored. The goalkeeper played well, too. It's frustrating, but we must come back stronger."

Griezmann sheepishly collected the golden boot in the post-match press conference, but he was unable to enjoy the moment.

"Maybe later I can feel proud, but for now, it's about the group," Griezmann said, having also provided two assists during Euro 2016.

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

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