Euro 2020: Germany held by resilient Hungary, qualify for Round of 16

Germany came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Hungary and book a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Germany came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Hungary in the last group match of Euro 2020; Credit: Twitter/@DFB_Team_EN

Germany came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Hungary and book a place in the last 16 of Euro 2020. Before the final group match at Allianz Arena, Germany were touted to be the favourites. Indeed, the expectation was they would get the better of the Hungarians comfortably. But it wasn’t to be. Joachim Low’s side needed a late equalizer from Leon Goretzka to secure second spot in Group F behind France. Adam Szalai gave an early lead to the away team before Kai Havertz leveled the score in the second half. However less than two minutes after the equalizer Andras Schafer restored the lead for Marco Rossi’s side. In the end it wasn’t enough to make the knockout stages of Euros for a second consecutive time. (Euro 2020 points table)

Just 10 minutes after kickoff Hungary got the lead through Szalai’s header. Roland Sallai delivered a cross from the right flank which was headed in by the captain. In response, central defender Hummels’ header from a Joshua Kimmich corner hit the woodwork. Matthias Ginter’s attempt from close range went straight into the hands of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Six minutes after the interval, Kai Havertz’ vicious shot on the turn from the edge of the box was comfortably saved by the RB Leipzig goalkeeper. But Just after the hour mark, Gulacsi completely missed the ball in his attempt to punch clear a Kimmich freekick. Hummels headed the ball towards goal before Havertz guided it in to level the score at 1-1. It was the Chelsea man’s second goal of the tournament.

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Just 91 seconds after the goal, Hungary restored the lead through Schafer. The German defence failed to clear Atilla Szalai’s long diagonal ball from the back and Sallai’s flicked header fell to the path of Szalai. He nicely lifted the ball over the German defence for Schafer to score with a running header.

The goal pushed the 2014 World champions to the bottom of the group for time being before substitute Jamal Musila and Goretzka combined to level the score at 2-2 in the 84th minute and book a round of 16 showdown with England. 18-year-old Musila beat Endre Botka and delivered a cut back to Goretzka, who laid the ball for Timo Werner. But the Chelsea man’s shot was blocked and fell to the path of Goretzka who drilled in a powerful shot past Gulacsi to shatter the Hangarian dreams.

Marco Rossi’s side finished at the bottom of Group F, but can leave the tournament with their heads held high as they showed great resilience to earn two pints from the ‘group of death’.




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