World champion France is back at Euro 2020 this afternoon as they face Hungary in Group F.
Didier Deschamps’ side got their campaign off to a perfect start, beating Germany 1-0 in their opener, winning the heavyweight fight in Munich thanks to the home side goal of Mats Hummels.
France can secure their place in the round of 16 with a victory over the Hungarians, potentially allowing Deschamps to turn for their last game, against Portugal.
However, Hungary showed more than enough in their opener against the Portuguese to suggest it won’t be a forfeit, frustrating Cristiano Ronaldo & co. for more than 80 minutes before conceding three late goals which gave the score an unfair reflection.
France will also face a loud and large crowd at the Ferenc Puskas stadium in Budapest.
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Hungary goes for all three
Adam Szalai, the Hungarian captain, will not play the role of outsider this afternoon …
“What I don’t mean is saying things like ‘We have nothing to lose!’ or “We’re going to need a little luck.” Our job is to work hard, to put in the effort and to make life difficult for our adversaries; to take advantage of the opportunities we create, no matter how small, and score one point or all three.
Kylian Mbappe gets noticed before kick-off.
Hungarian supporters are ready for this …
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand spoke to BBC 5Live and seems rather happy that he never had to face Kylian Mbappe in his career …
“Mbappé, wow. Nice to see.
“There were two players who made me feel that – Nicolas Anelka and Michael Owen. These two players, when you were on the halfway line, you thought ‘can I call a friend’.
“As the game opens for Mbappe, you are at his mercy. “
The entire teams
Hungary: Gulacsi, Botka, Orban, Attila Szalai, Nego, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Schafer, Vial, Sallai, Adam Szalai
Sous-titers: Lang, Kecskes, Cseri, Holender, Dibusz, Lovrencsics, Roland Varga, Siger, Kevin Varga, Bogdan, Nikolic, Schon.
France: Lloris, Nom, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne, Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappe
Subtitles: Lenglet, Lemar, Giroud, Dembele, Tolisso, Mandanda, Sissoko, Lucas, Maignan, Dubois, Koundé, Thuram.
And here’s the line-up from Hungary, presented via whimsical graphics.
Here is the terrifying French team, a change as Digne replaces Hernandez at left-back.
France will face a hell of a atmosphere at the Puskas Arena this afternoon. Budapest is the only host city capable of admitting full capacity, which means Hungary will have fierce support, which Hugo Lloris is well prepared for.
“I think it’s important for France to keep the same dynamic, in terms of performance and result,” said the France captain.
“We know that it will be a big task in front of the Hungarian crowd in a full stadium, against very good opponents, who are well organized. “
This afternoon will be Antoine Griezmann’s 50th consecutive departure for France (assuming he’s in the squad) and Didier Deschamps paid tribute to him ahead of the game.
“He is one of those players who can change the game,” Deschamps said at a press conference on Friday. “He’s very creative, he has this ability to think outside the box, it’s remarkable to watch.
“He broke a (start) record. He plays in back-to-back matches, wonderfully for him. He may not be 20 anymore, but he takes very good care of himself.
“You can see the influence he has with the goals he scores and the assists he makes. Then add to that the ability he has to change the game, while also withdrawing and doing his defensive homework. He is one of the greatest players of all time, both in Europe and around the world.
Hungary XI: Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, At. Szalai; Grande; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Schafer, Fiola; Ad. Szalai, Sallai
France XI: Lloris ; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernendez; Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, Griezmann; Benzema, Mbappé