Griezmann saves France in Hungary

Published on: 19 June 2021

Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for France and denied Hungary one of the big European Championship shocks in front of a raucous 60,000 crowd in Budapest.

Attila Fiola fired Hungary into the lead just before the break as he held off the French defence to slot home after a one-two with Roland Sallai.

The goal was met by one of the loudest celebrations football has heard since March 2020 - or even before then - as the Puskas Arena went wild.

Fiola banged a pitchside reporter's table and knocked items off before he and his team-mates embraced some of the fans in the front row.

World champions France, tipped by many as the tournament favourites, had dominated the first half, with Kylian Mbappe in lively form again, before that goal.

Les Bleus were not impressive, although they did come back in the second half.

First, substitute Ousmane Dembele hit the post - and then his Barcelona team-mate Griezmann equalised.

Mbappe ran onto Hugo Lloris' huge kick down the field before laying it off - with the aid of a slight deflection - for Griezmann to slot home from eight yards.

The atmosphere was electric, but neither side could find a winner.

There was almost late drama when Presnel Kimpembe appeared to be fouled in the box by Sallai - but France were not given a penalty - and Raphael Varane headed wide with the last touch.

France, on four points, have probably done enough to reach the last 16 from Group F - although it is not guaranteed yet - and Hungary have kept their qualification hopes alive.

Germany, who lost to France in their opening match, face Portugal at 17:00 BST in Munich.

Magyars' magic moment

Whatever happens now, Hungary fans will always have the moment Fiola - a 31-year-old who has never played for a club outside his country - stunned the world champions.

He headed the ball into the path of Sallai, who flicked it back onto him. Fiola ran away from Benjamin Pavard and Varane to beat Lloris.

The celebration inside the Puskas Arena - the only venue at Euro 2020 to allow full crowds - was undoubtedly one of the moments of the tournament so far.

It was made even more impressive considering they lost their captain Adam Szalai to injury midway through the first half on a day where temperatures hit 30C, necessitating a drinks break in each half.

Hungary held out Portugal for 80 minutes in their opening game before conceding three goals. When Griezmann finally broke through you wondered if they would suffer a similar fate, but they held on.

They had few chances to win themselves, although Sallai's deflected shot needed to be saved by Lloris.

A win over Germany on Wednesday would probably take them into the last 16, but that game will be in Munich and not Budapest.

Decisions for Deschamps to make

France were a huge disappointment in this game - partially because so much is expected of them.

They beat Germany 1-0 in their opening game, through an own goal, in a match they controlled but rarely dazzled in.

Karim Benzema was added to the team who won the 2018 World Cup after a long international exile, but he did not appear to click fully with livewires Mbappe and Griezmann.

France had seven shots in the first half with Mbappe involved in the first six. He had four himself and created two chances for team-mates.

The Paris St-Germain striker headed a couple of efforts off target and flicked the ball into the path of Benzema to half-volley wide.

It appeared a matter of time until their goal came, but Hungary struck first.

They did not improve much after the break but Dembele went close when he hammered a shot off the post.

Griezmann was the top scorer at Euro 2016 and became the joint third top scorer in the tournament's history when he buried Mbappe's deflected pass.

You wondered if an onslaught might come after that - and Olivier Giroud replaced Benzema - but they only had two more efforts on target, from Mbappe and Corentin Tolisso.

Now they need something from Wednesday's final game against Portugal to ensure getting out of the group - and Deschamps has to work out how to get the best out of a talented group of players.

Match stats - Griezmann joins elite French club

    France remain unbeaten in their past nine matches at major tournaments (W7 D2 - World Cup and Euros), although this draw ended their five-match winning run at major tournaments. This was the first time that Hungary avoided defeat by France in any competition since May 1976, when they beat them 1-0 in a friendly. Attila Fiola's opener for Hungary was the first time France had conceded in six matches in all competitions, ending a run of 527 minutes of play without shipping a goal. France are unbeaten in their past 11 group stage games at major tournaments (World Cup and Euros), winning seven and drawing four since a 2-0 loss to Sweden at Euro 2012. Antoine Griezmann has scored 11 goals at major international tournaments. Only Michel Platini (14), Just Fontaine (13) and Thierry Henry (12) have more for France. Despite not scoring, Kylian Mbappe attempted six shots for France against Hungary - his most in an international game.

What's next?

Both sides play their final Group F games on Wednesday at 20:00 BST. Hungary go to Munich to face Germany and Portugal face France in Budapest.

Player of the match

FiolaAttila Fiola

with an average of 7.68

    HungaryHungaryHungary FranceFranceFrance

Hungary

Avg

Squad number5Player nameFiola

Average rating

7.68

Squad number20Player nameSallai

Average rating

7.46

Squad number8Player nameNagy

Average rating

7.26

Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

Average rating

7.17

Squad number9Player nameSzalai

Average rating

6.95

Squad number13Player nameSchäfer

Average rating

6.76

Squad number21Player nameBotka

Average rating

6.62

Squad number15Player nameKleinheisler

Average rating

6.59

Squad number23Player nameNikolic

Average rating

6.59

Squad number6Player nameOrban

Average rating

6.51

Squad number4Player nameSzalai

Average rating

6.43

Squad number10Player nameCseri

Average rating

6.39

Squad number14Player nameLovrencsics

Average rating

6.34

Squad number7Player nameNego

Average rating

6.32

France

Avg

Squad number13Player nameKanté

Average rating

6.79

Squad number7Player nameGriezmann

Average rating

6.06

Squad number10Player nameMbappé

Average rating

6.02

Squad number11Player nameDembélé

Average rating

5.46

Squad number1Player nameLloris

Average rating

5.27

Squad number18Player nameDigne

Average rating

5.18

Squad number6Player namePogba

Average rating

5.01

Squad number3Player nameKimpembe

Average rating

4.96

Squad number9Player nameGiroud

Average rating

4.80

Squad number14Player nameRabiot

Average rating

4.74

Squad number8Player nameLemar

Average rating

4.69

Squad number4Player nameVarane

Average rating

4.60

Squad number12Player nameTolisso

Average rating

4.50

Squad number19Player nameBenzema

Average rating

4.48

Squad number2Player namePavard

Average rating

4.35

    Line-ups Match Stats Live Text

Line-ups

Hungary

Formation 3-5-2

1Gulácsi

21Botka6Orban4Szalai

7Nego15Kleinheisler8Nagy13Schäfer5Fiola

20Sallai9Szalai

    1Gulácsi

    21BotkaBooked at 52mins

    6Orban

    4Szalai

    7Nego

    15KleinheislerSubstituted forLovrencsicsat 84'minutes

    8Nagy

    13SchäferSubstituted forCseriat 76'minutes

    5Fiola

    20Sallai

    9SzalaiSubstituted forNikolicat 26'minutes

Substitutes

    2Lang

    3Kecskés

    10Cseri

    11Holender

    12Dibusz

    14Lovrencsics

    17Varga

    18Sigér

    19Varga

    22Bogdan

    23Nikolic

    24Schön

France

Formation 4-3-3

1Lloris

2Pavard4Varane3Kimpembe18Digne

6Pogba13Kanté14Rabiot

7Griezmann19Benzema10Mbappé

    1Lloris

    2PavardBooked at 10mins

    4Varane

    3Kimpembe

    18Digne

    6PogbaSubstituted forTolissoat 76'minutes

    13Kanté

    14RabiotSubstituted forDembéléat 57'minutesSubstituted forLemarat 87'minutes

    7Griezmann

    19BenzemaSubstituted forGiroudat 76'minutes

    10Mbappé

Substitutes

    5Lenglet

    8Lemar

    9Giroud

    11Dembélé

    12Tolisso

    16Mandanda

    17Sissoko

    21Hernández

    23Maignan

    24Dubois

    25Koundé

    26Thuram

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 55,998

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamFrance

Possession

Home33%

Away67%

Shots

Home5

Away15

Shots on Target

Home3

Away4

Corners

Home1

Away3

Fouls

Home17

Away15

Live Text

Post update

Match ends, Hungary 1, France 1.

90'+5'

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hungary 1, France 1.

90'+5'

Post update

Attempt missed. Raphael Varane (France) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross.

90'+3'

Post update

N'Golo Kanté (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+3'

Post update

Foul by Attila Fiola (Hungary).

90'+1'

Post update

Presnel Kimpembe (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'

Post update

Foul by Roland Sallai (Hungary).

90'+1'

Post update

Foul by Kylian Mbappé (France).

90'+1'

Post update

Endre Botka (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

Post update

Corentin Tolisso (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89'

Post update

Foul by Loic Nego (Hungary).

88'

Post update

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

88'

Post update

Attila Szalai (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'

Substitution

Substitution, France. Thomas Lemar replaces Ousmane Dembélé because of an injury.

84'

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. Gergo Lovrencsics replaces László Kleinheisler.

82'

Post update

Attempt saved. Corentin Tolisso (France) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ousmane Dembélé.

82'

Post update

Attempt saved. Kylian Mbappé (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

81'

Post update

Corner, France. Conceded by Attila Fiola.

78'

Post update

Foul by N'Golo Kanté (France).

78'

Post update

László Kleinheisler (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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