EURO 2020:
Hummels own goal gives France a 1-0 victory over Germany

France beat Germany 1-0 in their Group F opener at Euro 2020 on Tuesday night.

Iran PressEurope: Germany started well in front of a partisan crowd in Munich, but France grew into the game and it was a man who now calls Bavaria home who fashioned the own goal on 20 minutes. Paul Pogba played a peach of a pass over to the left, where Bayern's Lucas Hernandez made a less assured connection but still caused enough panic to induce the mistake as    Mats Hummels speared into his own net.

From then on, France were content to sit back, soak up the pressure and use Kylian Mbappé's jet-heels on the counter. It was the Paris man's cuter side that almost fashioned a second, releasing Adrien Rabiot for a near-post shot that beat Manuel Neuer but not the post.

Joachim Low moved quickly, pushing Joshua Kimmich into midfield, and suddenly Germany were a renewed attacking force – Serge Gnabry came within a whisker of an equalizer. That was as good as it got, however, and France had two goals chalked off for Mbappe offsides as they nevertheless joined Germany's next opponents Portugal on three points atop Group F.

UEFA EURO 2020 is being held across 11 host cities from 11 June 2021, but both semi-finals and the final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London.


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