Germany 2-2 Hungary
In a game that had a wave of emotions and really took everyone through a rollercoaster of a ride, it was Germany who prevailed in the final game of Group F at Euro 2020.
Hungary took an unexpected lead after just 11 minutes through Adam Szalai. He scored a wonderful header from a peach of a cross by Roland Sallai.
At this point in time, Hungary were the ones going through in second place from the Group of Death, with Germany set to finish in last.
The first half ended with Hungary keeping their lead in tact and they kept the Germans at bay in a solid performance.
However, in the second half, Germany were relentless and found the equaliser through Kai Havertz. Mats Hummels’ header found its way to Havertz who was a few inches from goal and he just nodded the ball in with the slightest of touches.
Havertz was immediately substituted off for Thomas Mueller who was deemed to be not fit enough to start the game following a knee injury scare.
German fans breathed a sigh of relief at this point as they had then moved into second place in Group F of Euro 2020 as things stood with France and Portugal being on level terms as well.
Germany almost threw it away
This relief did not last long at all as Hungary scored with their first chance after kicking off straight away with Andras Schafer breaking through Germany’s back line that was caught out completely.
Schafer got to the lobbed pass from Szalai first to head home past a charging Manuel Neuer who made a hash of things by deciding to not stay on his goal line.
Hungary seemed destined to pull of a miracle at this stage after 68 minutes but it was not to be.
Die Mannschaft kept teasing the Hungary defence with Toni Kroos slicing his shot just wide after a neat one-two play with Ruben Gosens. Leon Goretzka looked determined as he failed to meet two headers in the Hungarian box.
It was Goretzka’s steely determination that got Germany the equaliser finally in the 84th minute. Substitute Jamal Musiala did some brilliant work to beat a couple of Hungarian defenders and pull the ball back at the edge of Hungary’s box.
Timo Werner’s shot was blocked but it fell to Goretzka who smashed the ball that took a slight deflection past a helpless RB Leipzig keeper Péter Gulácsi.
The goalkeeper was at fault for Germany’s first goal as well as he failed to meet the cross as he charged off his line that led to a free header for Havertz.
It was an enthralling game that had not only German and Hungarian fans nervous but also the neutrals. This was possibly the match of the tournament so far that had it all.
Hungary can be proud of their performance at Euro 2020 in a group that everyone had written them off from at the start.
They bow out of the tournament with two points and their heads held high.
Germany will now face England in a mouth-watering clash at Wembley on Tuesday in the last-16 of Euro 2020.