home goal of Hummels decides the opening of Group F of Euro 2021 – –

home goal of Hummels decides the opening of Group F of Euro 2021 – –

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside after the break, but that didn’t matter in the end as world champion France took three valuable points at the Allianz Arena.

With Portugal having beaten Hungary 3-0 earlier in the other Group F game, the French and Portuguese remain more in the ‘death group’ as the Hungarians and Germans now face a difficult task to qualify for the round of 16.

In one of the tournament’s most anticipated group matches, there were surreal pre-kick-off scenes as a Greenpeace protester parachuted into the stadium moments before the match started.
The protester slipped into the stadium and appeared to lose control after connecting with wires attached to the roof for television cameras, struggling to avoid crashing into spectators but managing to land on the pitch, where the German players Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens were the first to approach him.
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He was then taken away by security guards and treated at the side of the field. The parachute bore the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace”.
Following the distraction, attention turned to the game – and France enjoyed the best of the ball in the early stages.
In his last tournament as Germany coach, Joachim Low deployed his squad in a 3-4-3 – although France seemed more comfortable in a 4-3-3.
Paul Pogba stretched Germany’s back line 20 minutes after finding Hernandez with a ball over the left side; the full-back resumed the volley through the goal, and Hummels could only awkwardly return the ball in front of Manuel Neuer.


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