MUNICH: ON JUNE 15, HEAVYWEIGHTS FRANCE AND GERMANY SCORE 1-0, GIVING THE WORLD CHAMPIONS A WINNING START AT EURO 2020.
It was a highly anticipated match between two of Europe’s most formidable teams.
On the pitch, world champion France and three-time European champion Germany faced off.
In today’s football, both teams have players of the highest caliber.
Only three players in the Munich game do not have a Champion League medal. And the two teams have won six World Cups between them.
As spectators watched on, the excitement in the air was palpable.
Several chances for goals were created during the game, including by French national team player Paul Pogba and German player Ilkay Gundogan.
However, none of these efforts resulted in any scores.
Instead, Mats Hummels scored the game-winning goal for France by inadvertently diverting Lucas Hernandez’s kick into his net.
Paul Pogba was named the match’s MVP. “It was critical to start with a win,” he said. We were playing Germany, and they got under our skin. But, above all, we wanted to win.”
Hummels scored an own goal for France.
Joachim Lowe, Germany’s coach, has recalled veteran defender Mats Hummels for the European Championship.
Hummels, on the other hand, scored their own goal for France.
Hummels attempted to intercept Hernandez’s pass to Kylian Mbappa, but his shin pushed the ball into his net in the 20th minute.
“It was a battle of titans,” France coach Didier Deschamps recalls.
Although chances arose as the game progressed, it appeared that France had a better chance of scoring than Germany.
Pogba and N’Golo Kante demonstrated consistent competency and intelligence.
Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Karim Benzema also put pressure on the German defense.
If France’s forwards had kept a better pace, they could have added to the opening score.
Finally, Hummels enabled France to look forward to a strong start in their Euro 2020 opener.
After scoring their first goal against Germany, the French players celebrate.
They can still hope to win the European Championship with the World Cup. They accomplished this feat 21 years ago.
“We played a great game against a very good opponent,” France manager Didier Deschamps told Sky Sports. I knew my players would be prepared, and we were ready to fight.
“We were close to scoring the second goal that would have secured our victory, but we didn’t suffer as much in the second half.” It was a good match in terms of quality and talent.”
Germany Not up to Expectations
The German national team played in their home country, but France was regarded as the favorite for the evening’s match.
Germany’s players lacked the zeal and performance of previous seasons. They lacked self-confidence and did not maintain a composed demeanor.
Despite the presence of Leroy Sane, Timo Werner, and Kevin Volland, the Germans did not appear to be intimidating the French.
They struggled in this game, and it was their first defeat in a European Championship opening finals.
Despite the addition of Leroy San and Timo Werner later in the game, as well as Kevin Volland as a last-minute save, the players were unable to contribute as much as hoped.
They retain their reputation, however, thanks to the presence of players such as defender Joshua Kimmich and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The issue was drafting Hummels back, which has been raised.
“It was a intense match and we fought until the very end,” Germany coach Joachim Lowe told Sky Sports. I can’t blame my team for not trying; they gave it their all.
“There were times during the game when we were able to put pressure on them, but we didn’t create any clear-cut chances.”
Before the match between France and Germany, a Greenpeace protestor parachuted into the Munich stadium.
When the parachutist struck wires for an overhead camera placed on the stadium roof, France coach Didier Deschamps was nearly hit by debris.
To avoid the falling debris, Deschamps ducked into the team dugout.
People Injured During France-Germany Euro 2020 Qualifying Before the match between France and Germany in the European Championships, a Greenpeace activist causes a commotion in the Munich Stadium. (From Outlookindia/sports)
Several spectators were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.
“This inconsiderate act… caused injuries to several people attending the game who are now in hospital,” UEFA said.
It was a “reckless and dangerous” act, according to European soccer’s governing body, and “law authorities will take the necessary action.”
What Happens Next
In Group F, France will face Hungary in Budapest, while Germany will face Portugal in Munich. Both games are scheduled for Saturday.