Germany drew 2-2 with Hungary in a tense contest to earn a meeting with England in the Round of 16 of Euro 2020.
Hungary took the lead early in the game thanks to a goal by Adam Szalai. As his team gained the lead, the captain scored an excellent header. After an error by Peter Gulacsi in goal, Kai Havertz equalized in the 66th minute to provide some relief for the Germans.
It is stated that a team’s vulnerability is greatest immediately after scoring, and this is exactly what happened with Germany. Hungary stunned the Allianz Arena with a goal by Andras Schafer just seconds after Havertz’s equalizer.
Following a fantastic counter, the visitors coordinated nicely and struck the back of the net.
Hungary appeared to be on track to pull off a massive shock and build their own Euro 2020 fairytale. However, in the 84th minute, Leon Goretzka hammered one into the back of the net to put the game to bed. With the goal, Germany finished second in Group F and went to the knockout stages of the tournament.
#1. Leon Goretzka was Germany’s star of the night
Leon Goretzka stole the headlines with his equalizer against Hungary to seal a berth in the last sixteen of Euro 2020. The Bayern Munich star came off the bench in the 58th minute of the game to score the all-important goal for his side.
The 26-year-old did exactly what he was brought on for. Goretzka, along with Jamal Musiala, completely turned the tie on its head. The duo were key to unlocking Hungary’s defense and eventually helped Germany qualify for the Euro 2020 knockouts. Credit must also go to Germany coach Joachim Low for bringing both players on at the right time.
#2. Heartbreak for Hungary
The Hungarians fought against Germany with everything they had. Despite being the underdogs, they posed several challenges to the heavyweights of Group F at Euro 2020. Hungary showed great resilience against Portugal and kept them at bay until the 84th minute of the game before succumbing to Ronaldo and co.
They also went on to salvage a point against France. The draw against the world champions meant the Hungarians still had a chance to progress to the Euro 2020 knockouts on Matchday 3. Few would have expected them to be in such a position after the matches against Portugal and France.
While all the odds were stacked against them yet again, they managed to put up a brave fight against Germany. Hungary will be gutted to exit Euro 2020 after coming so close, but they have earned plenty of respect throughout their stint in the tournament.
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