Euro 2020: France held to surprise draw by Hungary


Antoine Griezmann of France controls the ball whilst under pressure from Nemanja Nikolic of Hungary during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Hungary and France at Puskas Arena on June 19, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary.

Hungary pulled off one of the shocks of Euro 2020 as they held world champions France to a 1-1 draw at the Puskas Arena.

Marco Rossi's side - ranked 35 places below France in the Fifa world rankings - had remarkably taken the lead on the stroke of half time through Attila Fiola, but this was cancelled out by Antoine Griezmann's second half strike.

France saw two glorious opportunities to take the lead go begging in the first half, with Kylian Mbappe at the heart of the action. The PSG forward headed Lucas Digne's cross the wrong side of the post, before teeing up Karim Benzema with an audacious flick, only for the Real Madrid man to slice wide. IMG-20210619-162339-310

Despite the world champions' domination, it was Hungary who took a shock lead in second half stoppage time. Fiola rode the lunging challenge of Raphael Varane, burst into the box and slotted calmly past Hugo Lloris.

The spirited hosts continued to frustrate France, but their resolve was finally broken after 66 minutes. Hugo Lloris's long ball caused chaos in the Hungary backline, Mbappe made a nuisance of himself and his low cross was powered home by Griezmann. IMG-20210619-162257-563

A breathless final 24 minutes ensued but neither side could find a winner, leaving Group F finely poised heading into the final round of fixtures on Wednesday.

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