Antoine Griezmann saves France from a big blow at Euro 2020

Antoine Griezmann saves France from a big blow at Euro 2020

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Antoine Griezmann scored an equalizing goal in the second half to give France a 1-1 draw against Hungary on Saturday at the European Championship.

Hungary, once again playing in front of a boisterous crowd, almost pulled off the biggest surprise of the tournament at Puskas Arena.

After Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema lost chances, Griezmann scored in the 66th minute to cool the minds of a crowd who provided unwavering support for Hungary throughout the Group F game.

It was Griezmann’s 38th goal for France, placing him three behind third Michel Platini on the national team’s scoring list, and he did a little celebratory dance in front of the fans in blue shirts.

Budapest’s 67,215-seat Puskas Arena is the only Euro 2020 stadium to accommodate full crowds, and it has created an unforgettable atmosphere.

Hungarian fans went wild when Attila Fiola gave the home side the lead.

Hanging on to the ball after Roland Sallai won a header down the left flank, Fiola burst into the penalty area and held back defender Raphael Varane before slicing the ball into the bottom corner.

Flares were ignited and Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had to remove discarded paper from the stands that landed in his penalty area.

The Hungarian players lined up in front of their home fans behind a goal after the game and held their hands over their hearts as the crowd sang.


MUNICH, Germany (AP) – Germany have finally moved up a gear at the European Championship, with some help from defending champions Portugal.

The Portuguese became the first team to score two own goals in one game at the continental tournament, giving the Germans a 4-2 victory and ending fears of another exit from the group stage.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in the lead in the 15th minute against the run of the game. It was his first goal against Germany and his third at Euro 2020. It also brought his all-time tournament record to 12 goals.

But defenders Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro put Germany ahead before half-time by scoring in their own net.

Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens went on to get two more for Germany at the start of the second half, becoming the team’s first players to score in a European Championship.

Diogo Jota picked up one for Portugal in the 67th after Ronaldo acrobatically saved a free kick from an exit.

Portugal and Germany now have three points in Group F, one behind reigning world champion France. Hungary have one point and will face Germany on Wednesday in Munich. France will face Portugal in Budapest.


SEVILLE, Spain (AP) – Robert Lewandowski helped keep Poland alive by scoring an equalizer in the second half in a 1-1 draw against Spain.

Álvaro Morata ended his famine by giving Spain the lead in the 25th minute, but Lewandowski leveled things in the 54th with a header for just his third goal for the national team in a major tournament .

Spain striker Gerard Moreno missed a penalty shortly after Lewandowski’s goal and Morata then missed an open net after the ball bounced off the post.

The result leaves Sweden at the top of Group E with four points after beating Slovakia on Friday. Slovakia are second with three points while Spain have two. Poland still has a chance to advance to Euro 2020 despite being bottom of the group with a point.

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