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Hungary 1-1 France: World champions held in Budapest

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France was held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary in one of the most surprising results in Euro 2020 so far. France spurned two golden opportunities in the first half. Kylian Mbappe missed a header while Karim Benzema sliced his effort wide. The 67,000 capacity crowd erupted in the 45th minute when Attila Fiola neatly finished past Hugo Lloris.

France dominated the opening minutes of the second half and was rewarded when Antoine Griezmann scored in the 66th minute. Their search for a winner was in vain and was forced to settle for the point. France takes on Portugal in their last game of the group stage. Hungary on the other hand will need to beat Germany in their final group stage game.

Player ratings

Hungary: Gulacsi (7), Botka (6), Orban (7), Attila Szalai (7), Nego (7), Kleinheisler (8), Nagy (7), Schafer (6), Fiola (8), Sallai (7), Adam Szalai (6)
Subs: Nikolics (7), Cseri (NA), Lovrencsics (NA)

France: Lloris (6), Pavard (5), Varane (5), Kimpembe (6), Digne (6), Kante (6), Pogba (5), Rabiot (5), Griezmann (6), Benzema (6), Mbappe (7)
Subs: Dembele (5), Tolisso (NA), Giroud (NA), Lemar (NA)

Man of the match: Laszlo Kleinheisler

 

Managers Reaction

Hungary boss Marco Rossi: “My team played an exceedingly good tactical match, and carried out their business with the correct amount of bravery and heart. I can only thank them.” Rossi said after Hungary earned a point against France. “Nowadays, many coaches are convinced that the team wins because of the coach’s tactics. They’re wrong. The players are always the lead characters. Today they performed. It was unimaginable.”

France boss Didier Deschamps: “Hungary put on the match of their lives. Good for them! It’s a point. It’s obviously not what we hoped for but, given the context, we will take it anyway.” he added. “I’m satisfied – I’m not overjoyed with the result, but I’m satisfied. We didn’t lose, we do have a point to add to the three we have in the bag already. I think this still leaves the door open for us to have a little bit of leeway for the third game.”

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