Leon Goretzka left it late as Germany managed to salvage a point against Hungary in Munich. They managed to secure second spot in the group and will face England in the round of 16 in Euro 2020 at Wembley. Germany had beaten Portugal 4-2 in their second group game after losing by the solitary goal against France.
They got off to the worst possible start when Adam Szalai nodded past a helpless Manuel Neuer in net in the 11th minute. Germany looked out of ideas for a large part of the game. Kai Havertz capitalized on an error by goalkeeper Peter Gulasci to level the scores in the 66th minute. Hungary did not let their lead slip for long and scored less than two minutes later. Goretzka then rifled a shot in the 84th minute leaving Gulacsi with no chance.
Germany: Neuer (6), Ginter (7), Hummels (7), Rudiger (7), Kimmich (7), Gundogan (6), Kroos (6), Gosens (7), Havertz (7), Sane (5), Gnabry (5).
Subs used: Goretzka (6), Muller (6), Werner (6), Volland (5), Musiala (6).
Hungary: Gulacsi (6), Nego (7), Botka (7), Orban (7), Attila Szalai (7), Fiola (7), Kleinheisler (6), Nagy (6), Schafer (7), Adam Szalai (8), Sallai (7).
Subs used: Schon (5), Varga (5), Nikolic (n/a), Viera (n/a).
Man of the match: Adam Szalai.
Germany coach Joachim Low: “We showed great morale, but we also made mistakes. It was good to see that we fought hard until we got the equalizer. It was a nervy match. We knew Hungary would give it its all. I am just happy we got through in this group.” Low said after Germany beat Hungary.
Hungary coach Marco Rossi: “We went very close to a qualification which would have not just been historic, it would have been incredible and almost unimaginable. But unfortunately, even in the greatest fairy tales, there can be some less than happy endings, and that was the way it went tonight.”