We present a loaded program of action that begins with France taking on Hungary and ends with Spain taking on Poland – either side of a powerful reunion between Portugal and Germany.
3:00 p.m .: Hungary vs France (Group F, Budapest)
Having conceded three goals late in the game against Portugal, Hungary is opposed to it, especially given France’s performance to beat Germany in Munich and register a victory of progress. Les Bleus look as hard to break as they look to resist in the future, but Hungary has a bit of history on their side, having sent France out on their two appearances to the EURO semi-finals in 1964. and 1972.
Meanwhile, this match will reunite old friends Loïc Négo from Hungary and Antoine Griezmann, who represented France together at youth level and were roommates when they won the Under-19 EURO 2010. “It will be special to see him, ”said Nego, with Griezmann set for a 50th consecutive appearance in France.
Key statistic: The teams have played eight previous matches in Budapest, most recently a 3-1 victory over France in a friendly in March 1990. It was France’s only victory in the Hungarian capital, where they suffered six defeats, including a 13-1 defeat in June 1927 – Hungary’s record victory.
6:00 p.m .: Portugal vs Germany (Group F, Munich)
With six minutes to go against Hungary in Budapest, Portugal were considering a frustrating opening in defense of their title. Instead, they clinched a comfortable 3-0 victory and Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time leading scorer in the EURO final, coming within three goals of Ali Daei’s world record in internationals. Another victory would give Portugal a much more comfortable progression than when they won the trophy five years ago.
As for Germany, the loss to France means they need a quick reaction to avoid a second consecutive group exit after the 2018 FIFA World Cup. “We know we can make a difference”, says coach Joachim Löw. The good news for Die Mannschaft? Ronaldo hasn’t scored in four appearances against them. The bad news? He beat Manuel Neuer nine times in club.
Key statistic: Germany have won their last four matches against Portugal, most recently in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, bringing their tally from 18 to ten wins, five draws and just three losses.
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9:00 p.m .: Spain vs Poland (Group E, Seville)
Both sides are hoping for better after their first matches, with Spain held by Sweden and Poland losing to Slovakia. Defender Jan Bednarek has promised Polish fans that there will be no repeat in a match where Robert Lewandowski will seek to open his EURO 2020 account, while Luis Enrique has promised Spain will stick to it. to his tactics. “We try to play the same in every game,” said coach de la Roja, who again has Sergio Busquets available.
Álvaro Morata had a frustrating time against Sweden, but Pablo Sarabia supported the forward: “We are all responsible for attacking and defending and he made very good interventions in defense. I grew up with him and he’s a spectacular player; his figures show it. “
Key statistic: Spain and Poland meet in an international competition for the first time since 1959. La Roja has won eight of the ten matches between the two.
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