France underlined their favorites at Euro 2020 with a 1-0 win over Germany in Munich, while defending champions Portugal opened their Group F season with a 3-0 win over Hungary in Budapest.
In the so-called “death group” of the tournament, the two former world champions met on Tuesday evening.
An own goal by Mats Hummels in the first half was enough for the hard-fought victory in France. Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema were excluded from the Allianz Arena for offside.
Defending champions Portugal, meanwhile, prevailed against Hungary after a late Cristiano Ronaldo double helped silence the majority of home fans in a packed Puskas Arena.
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen gave a positive update on his health and thanked everyone for their kind support.
Budapest’s crowd puller
The return of the crowds created an electrifying atmosphere in the Puskas Arena in Budapest (Bernadett Szabo / Pool via AP)
The Puskas Arena in Budapest has so far hosted the tournament with almost 61,000 spectators when Hungary – where there was a huge rollout of Covid-19 vaccination – opened its Group F campaign with a loss to dampen the party atmosphere.
quote of the Day
Eriksen with words that everyone wanted to hear.
Go to the blues
An own goal by Mats Hummels sank Germany in Munich when France started with a victory in the “Gruppe des Todes” (Franck Fife / Pool via AP)
Portugal striker Ronaldo became the first player to appear in five European Championship finals when he led the team against Hungary – all-time top scorer with 11 goals after making his debut in 2004 against Greece.
Finland – Russia (Group B, St. Petersburg, 1400)
Turkey v Wales (Group A, Baku, 1700)
Italy vs. Switzerland (Group A, Rome, 2000)