LIVE: Germany vs Hungary

LIVE: Germany vs Hungary

Germany have conceded the first goal in each of their last four European Championship games. They’d only conceded first in four of their previous 19 such matches before this. Their defence is not what it once was. Luckily for them, their attack’s still up to scratch, although Hungary have neutralised it so far. Surely Low is currently considering changes.

Germany have a huge half-time break ahead of them. As things stand they’re crashing out of Euro 2020. Hungary have worked extremely hard, taking the lead through Adam Szalai’s wonderful header. Since then, Hungary have defended fantastically, and Germany have had no answer to it.


45′ There’ll be two minutes added onto the end of this first half. Hungary are playing very well as Nagy ends another German attack.

44′ Sane’s cross in the box is blocked, as is Havertz’s shot. The ball rebounds to the Chelsea midfielder who drags a second effort wide.

43′ Hungary temporarily go down to 10 men as Botka leaves the pitch to receive treatment. Their midfield does enough to stop Germany taking advantage before Botka eventually trots back in position.

41′ Schafer rolls the ball wide to Nego who has Botka getting forward on the overlap. The masked Rudiger nips in and clears it away. Botka stays down as his ankle twists awkwardly under Rudiger’s challenge.

39′ Sallai jinks inside from the left and has a speculative shot which dips in front of Neuer. Neuer gets down to his knees to catch it.

38′ Germany continue to probe while Hungary sit back and soak up pressure. Kroos loses his footing on the edge of Hungary’s box and Nagy carries the ball clear. Schafer’s shot from range plops comfortably wide.

36′ The rain is really pelting down in Munich. It’s only making this game feel more dramatic. Shouting and waving from under his red hood, Rossi looks like a fisherman caught at sea.

34′ Fiola keeps the ball in play for Hungary down the left-hand side and flings a cross into Germany’s box. Rudiger does enough to stop the attack.

33′ Sallai finds himself one-on-one against Hummels but can’t create a clear chance at goal as Hummels blocks his shot. Hungary look like a team that knows their game-plan.

31′ Germany try to make progress down their right again but Schafer slides in to dispossess Kimmich. Tempers are starting to rise.

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Yellow Card


29′ Gundogan also finds his name in the book for scything down Kleinheisler.


28′ Botka picks up the game’s first yellow card for a poor challenge on Gundogan. He’ll play no part in Hungary’s round of 16 tie if his side manage to progress.

27′ Kroos aims for Hummels at the far post again. This time the centre-back gets stuck under it and his header ends up too high to trouble Gulacsi.

26′ Kimmich reacts with frustration as Fiola clips him again. The referee rushes across to defuse the situation and hand Germany a free-kick.

25′ Kimmich whips in another promising cross but Orban is in the right place to head it away. The wing-back is finding plenty of space down Germany’s right.

24′ Sane wins the ball for Germany and finds Kimmich who lifts the ball towards the far post. It’s over Havertz and Gosens and Sane maintains possession for the hosts.

22′ Another great cross from Kimmich from the right is just about dealt with by Hungary. Germany are dominating possession but are finding Hungary tough nuts to crack so far.

21′ Hummels hits the bar! The defender’s header crashes against the corner of post and bar from Kimmich’s pinpoint corner. Germany keep the pressure on and Ginter half-volleys a shot straight Gulacsi. We’ve got a game on our hands here!

19′ Hungary will have expected to spend most of this game defending but now they’ve got something to hang on to. Havertz jinks down the right and forces a corner for Germany.

17′ Havertz darts in behind and fizzes the ball across goal but there’s no one there for Germany to tap it in! Gosens salvages it and lays off to Gnabry whose shot is charged down by Hungary’s defenders.

15′ Havertz’s handball gives Hungary possession. Germany have failed to keep a clean sheet in all three of their group stage games at this tournament for the first time since Euro 2000. They’re a talented but flawed side these days.

13′ Germany try to respond to Hungary’s goal straight away as Sane’s caught offside from Gundogan’s throughball. The hosts have replaced Hungary at the bottom of Group F, but no doubt that will change over the next hour or two.


11′ Sallai’s cross for the goal was a perfectly placed peach. He’s been involved in four goals in his last five games for Hungary now. The Freiburg forward is a man in form.


11′ GOAL! GERMANY 0-1 HUNGARY! What a header by Adam Szalai! Hungary’s captain dives to power the ball past Neuer from Sallai’s fantastic cross from the right. That’s just what the Hungarians need!

10′ Germany look at home on the ball in these early stages, but they’ve just lost possession to Hungary. The Hungarians build an attack patiently and…

8′ Fiola catches Kimmich from behind down Germany’s right flank. Kroos sends the free-kick in but it arrives to Rudiger too quickly for the defender to master it.

6′ The corner’s taken short to Schafer who’s quickly closed down. Hummels makes an important touch to prevent Adam Szalai from reaching his namesake Attila Szalai’s follow-up pass.

5′ Adam Szalai tries to wriggle away from Rudiger to the right of the box and Rudiger makes the block. Hungary get the first corner of the game.

3′ Kimmich latches onto Hummels’ ball over the top and lashes at goal from a tight angle. Gulacsi shows a strong right hand to keep it out at the near post.

2′ Germany start positively as Gnabry almost slips Sane in behind Hungary’s back three. The pass is a touch too powerful and rolls out of play for a Hungary goal-kick.

1′ Germany, playing in their black second colours, get things underway! Hungary will play wearing all-white.

The two teams are out on the pitch in a rainy Munich. Both teams’ national anthems are politely observed by most, if not all, fans in the stadium.

Germany and Hungary’s only previous encounters in a major tournament came in the 1954 World Cup, with Hungary winning 8-3 in the group stage and Germany 3-2 in the final. In more recent times, the Germans have defeated Hungary in their two previous meetings under Low, both of them friendlies. Marco Rossi’s Hungary are a tricky team to beat though.

There’s just the one change to Germany from their win over Portugal. Muller is benched so Sane starts on the left. Neuer starts his 14th game at the Euros for Germany, matching Philipp Lahm’s record. Hungary are unchanged from their 1-1 draw with France.

SUBS: Kevin Varga, Denes Dibusz, Roland Varga, Adam Bogdan, Gergo Lovrencsics, David Siger, Szabolcs Schon, Filip Holender, Bendeguz Bolla, Akos Kecskes, Adam Lang, Nemanja Nikolic.

HUNGARY (3-5-2): Peter Gulacsi; Endre Botka, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Loic Nego, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola; Adam Szalai (c), Roland Sallai.

SUBS: Florian Neuhaus, Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp, Emre Can, Robin Koch, Thomas Muller, Niklas Sule, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Marcel Halstenberg, Kevin Volland.

GERMANY (3-4-3): Manuel Neuer (c); Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Antonio Rudiger; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, Robin Gosens; Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane.

Hungary may be bottom of Group F as things stand but a well-earned draw with world champions France in their last match will give them belief that they can repeat their run to Euro 2016’s round of 16. Hungary haven’t won their last group game of a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup. They’ll need to do so now though to progress.

Germany’s rip-roaring 4-2 win over Portugal last time out has given them a very good chance of escaping Euro 2020’s group of death. Joachim Low’s men now host Hungary, knowing they’ve never crashed out in the group stage of consecutive major tournaments.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this UEFA Euro 2020 Group F match between Germany and Hungary at the Allianz Arena, Munich.

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