Antoine Griezmann saves France from a shock defeat at Euro 2020 – .

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Antoine Griezmann saves France from a shock defeat at Euro 2020 – .


Antoine Griezmann saved a point for France and deprived Hungary of one of the big shocks of the European Championship in front of a noisy crowd of 60,000 people in Budapest.

Attila Fiola put Hungary ahead just before the break by pushing back the French defense to come home after a one-two with Roland Sallai.

The goal was met with one of the loudest celebrations football has heard since March 2020 – or even before – as Puskas Arena raged on.

Fiola hit a journalist’s table at the edge of the pitch and dropped things before he and his teammates hugged some of the fans in the front row.

World champion France, considered by many to be the favorites of the tournament, dominated the first half, with Kylian Mbappe back in shape, ahead of this goal.

The Blues weren’t impressive, even though they came back in the second half.

First, substitute Ousmane Dembele hit the post – then Barcelona teammate Griezmann equalized.

Mbappe ran on Hugo Lloris’ huge kick on the pitch before sacking him – with the help of a slight deflection – to get Griezmann home from eight yards.

The atmosphere was electric, but neither team could find a winner.

There was almost late drama when Presnel Kimpembe appeared to be fouled in the box by Sallai – but France did not receive a penalty – and Raphael Varane nodded with the last touch.

France, on four points, have probably done enough to reach the round of 16 in Group F – although that is not yet guaranteed – and Hungary have maintained their qualifying hopes.

Germany, who lost to France in their opener, will face Portugal at 5:00 p.m. BST in Munich.

Magical moment of the Magyars

Whatever happens now, Hungarian fans will always have the moment when Fiola – a 31-year-old who has never played for a club outside his country – stunned the world champions.

He directed the ball into the path of Sallai, who returned it to him. Fiola fled Benjamin Pavard and Varane to beat Lloris.

The celebration inside the Puskas Arena – the only Euro 2020 venue to allow full crowds – has undoubtedly been a highlight of the tournament so far.

This was made even more impressive given that they lost their captain Adam Szalai to injury midway through the first half on a day when temperatures hit 30C, requiring a drink break in each half.

Hungary held off Portugal for 80 minutes in their first game before conceding three goals. When Griezmann finally broke through, you wondered if they would suffer the same fate, but they held on.

They had little chance of winning, even if Sallai’s deflected shot had to be saved by Lloris.

A win over Germany on Wednesday would likely take them to the round of 16, but this game will take place in Munich, not Budapest.

Decisions to be taken by Deschamps

France were a huge disappointment in this game – partly because a lot is expected of them.

They beat Germany 1-0 in their opener, thanks to an own goal, in a game they controlled but rarely dazzled.

Karim Benzema was added to the squad that won the 2018 World Cup after a long international exile, but he didn’t seem to click fully with livewires Mbappe and Griezmann.

France managed seven shots in the first half with Mbappe involved in the top six. He had four himself and created two chances for his teammates.

The Paris St-Germain forward directed some effort off the target and sent the ball into Benzema’s path a wide half volley.

It seemed like a matter of time before their goal came, but Hungary struck first.

They didn’t improve much after the break, but Dembele stepped closer when he landed a shot at the post.

Griezmann was Euro 2016’s top scorer and became the third highest scorer in tournament history when he buried Mbappe’s deflected pass.

You wondered if an attack might come after that – and Olivier Giroud replaced Benzema – but they only had two more efforts on target, from Mbappe and Corentin Tolisso.

Now they need something from Wednesday’s last game against Portugal to make sure they get out of the squad – and Deschamps must figure out how to make the most of a talented squad of players.

Match statistics – Griezmann joins the French elite

  • France remain unbeaten in their last nine major tournament games (V7 D2 – World Cup and Euros), although this draw ended their streak of five major tournaments.
  • It was the first time Hungary had avoided defeat to France in a competition since May 1976, when they beat them 1-0 in a friendly.
  • Attila Fiola’s first game for Hungary was the first time France had conceded in six appearances in all competitions, ending a 527-minute streak without scoring a goal.
  • France are unbeaten in their last 11 group stage matches in major tournaments (World Cup and Euros), claiming seven wins and four draws since a 2-0 loss to Sweden at Euro 2012.
  • Antoine Griezmann has scored 11 goals in major international tournaments. Only Michel Platini (14), Just Fontaine (13) and Thierry Henry (12) have more for France.
  • Although he didn’t score, Kylian Mbappe attempted six shots for France against Hungary – his record in an international game.

And after?

The two teams will play their last Group F matches on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. BST. Hungary travel to Munich to take on Germany and Portugal will face France in Budapest.

Player of the match

AMPOULESAttila Fiola

Queues

Hungary

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 21BotkaBooked at 52 minutes
  • 6Orban
  • 4Salaï
  • 7Nego
  • 15KleinheislerReplaced byLovrencsicsat 84′minutes
  • 8Great
  • 13bergerReplaced byCseriat 76′minutes
  • 5AMPOULES
  • 20Salai
  • 9SalaïReplaced byNikolicat 26′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lang
  • 3Goat
  • dixCseri
  • 11Dutch
  • 12Dibusz
  • 14Lovrencsics
  • 17Shoemaker
  • 18Niger
  • 19Shoemaker
  • 22Bogdan
  • 23Nikolic
  • 24Pleasant

France

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Last nameBooked at 10 minutes
  • 4Early
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 18Worthy
  • 6PogbaReplaced byTolissoat 76′minutes
  • 13Kanté
  • 14RabiotReplaced byDembeleat 57′minutesReplaced byLemarat 87′minutes
  • 7Griezmann
  • 19BenzemaReplaced byGiroudat 76′minutes
  • dixMbappé

Substitutes

  • 5Lenglet
  • 8Lemar
  • 9Giroud
  • 11Dembele
  • 12Tolisso
  • 16Mandanda
  • 17Sissoko
  • 21Hernández
  • 23Maignan
  • 24Dubois
  • 25Koundé
  • 26Thuram
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