“When you have such good attacking scenes, the kettle boils,” said Thomas Muller, who has yet to score in 13 games of the tournament. “Now we have the three points we absolutely needed. We must not get carried away. We can feel a little euphoria, but we must also remain objective. “
The 2014 World Cup champions were looking for a good performance at Euro 2020 to make up for their 2018 World Cup first round exit in Russia.
Hungary holds France
Hungary, who were once again playing in front of a boisterous crowd at the European Championship, held the World Cup champions to a 1-1 draw.
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.
“It’s the first time with a full stadium, it’s different from what you’re used to,” said Griezmann. “You don’t hear anything. We couldn’t even get along on the pitch. But it’s a great pleasure to play in front of fans again.
Hanging on to the ball after Roland Sallai won a header down the left flank, Fiola burst into the penalty area and shoved defender Raphael Varane back 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.
Mbappe and Benzema both lost chances ahead of the Hungarian goal.
“We should have been ahead. It’s not good enough considering what we expected, but it’s football, ”France coach Didier Deschamps said. “They scored with their only chance. Given the context, we will take the point.
“Today we managed to gain glory,” Hungarian coach Marco Rossi said through an interpreter. “Tomorrow, life will continue as usual.
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.
“The Hungarian supporters are unmatched. We have unique fans, ”Rossi said. “That’s why we work so hard to make them happy. “
Many fans waved the green-white-red national flag, while others were dressed in black T-shirts with the inscription Magyaroszag (Hungary). Still others stood shirtless behind one of the goals in the bright afternoon sun.
The mood turned intimidating when sections of the crowd mocked the French national anthem. But France had enough chances to calm them down in the first half.
The unmarked Mbappe took a broad header from left-back center Lucas Digne in the 18th. Benzema then gave a straight shot when he hit Mbappe’s smart shot from behind and sent a wide shot near the penalty spot.
Benzema still has not scored in the competition, having failed at Euro 2008 and Euro 2012. He was excluded from Euro 2016.
“As a striker he knows what people expect from him,” Deschamps said. “But the main thing is that he remains confident and that I continue to believe in him. “
The draw gives Hungary one point in the group ahead of Wednesday’s game against Germany in Munich. Double champion France has four points and will stay in Budapest to face defending champion Portugal.
Prize draw for Spain and Poland
As Spain continued to fail, Robert Lewandowski won for Poland.
The FIFA Player of the Year gave his side hope for progress to the European Championship by scoring a second-half equalizer in a 1-1 draw with a Spanish side that continued to miss luck after chance and is now in danger of early elimination.
“We knew, against Spain, that we would be more focused on the defense, and we did it pretty well,” said Lewandowski. “It just worked. “
Among the missed opportunities for La Roja was a missed penalty by Gerard Moreno shortly after Lewandowski’s goal. Alvaro Morata recovered the rebound off the post but failed to put the ball into the open net.
Morata ended his drought by giving Spain the lead in the 25th minute, but Lewandowski leveled things in the 54th with a header for just his third goal in 13 appearances for the national team during a major tournament.
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 despite their last place in the group with a point.
“We are frustrated because the ball does not want to come in,” said Spain midfielder Rodri Hernandez. “We have to take advantage of our opportunities. When the ball doesn’t fit, we start to doubt ourselves.
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