23 June, 2021


Germany made the rest of the competition sit up and take note on Matchday 2 as they responded to their opening defeat by France with a dominant 4-2 win over defending champions Portugal.

The result thrust them back into the reckoning for the round of 16 and a point in Munich would see them over the line. Hungary may be underdogs on paper, but their 1-1 draw with France in Budapest shows they should not be underestimated. The point kept alive their dream of going through, but only a victory in Munich can make it a reality.

Possible line-ups

Germany: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens; Sané, Gnabry, Havertz
Misses next match if booked: Ginter, Havertz, Kimmich

Hungary: Gulácsi; Botka, Orbán, At. Szalai; Négo, Kleinheisler, Ádám Nagy, Schafer, Fiola; Ád. Szalai, Sallai.
Misses next match if booked: Botka, Négo, Orbán

Reporters’ views

Philip Röber, Germany reporter: If their level of focus is as high against Hungary as the level of confidence they must have taken from the win against Portugal, it is hard to see Germany missing out on a place in the round of 16. However, there will be changes to the starting XI as a few players are carrying knocks. Thomas Müller is likely out with a knee problem, but Leon Goretzka has indicated he feels fully fit and there are several other attacking players eager for the chance to impress.

Andy Clark, Hungary reporter: That Hungary enter this match with a chance of progressing from Group F is testimony to the way Marco Rossi’s side have grown into this tournament. Excellent defensively in the main thus far, they have also shown they can be clinical on the break. Hungary were well worth their draw on Saturday, and that many of their players were disappointed not to have beaten France speaks volumes for the threat they pose – which Germany would be well advised not to underestimate.

View from the camps

Joachim Löw, Germany coach: “We had great pace and managed to move the ball around well against Portugal. The next match will be more difficult if Hungary defend with eight or nine players and try to hit on the counter. They have shown how dangerous they can be. I hope that we still play with pace, although space will be tight, and that, at the same time, we find a happy medium between the two, so to speak. We might need to be patient.”

Marco Rossi, Hungary coach: “Since we’re here at the funfair, we also want to play; we want to perform well, but we must also keep our feet on the ground. We’re hoping to bring our ‘A’ game with us to Munich.”

Published under Promotion on 23 June, 2021.

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