Hungary 1-1 France: Griezmann levelled, Resolute host hold World Champions to a thrilling draw

Hungary nearly caused the upset of the decade as the host hold France to a thrilling 1-1 draw. Griezmann levelled at 66th minute.

Antoine Griezmann-France

Hungary picked up a 1-1 draw against World Champions France in Euro 2020.

Hungary held France to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling Group F encounter of Euro 2020 at Puskas Arena.

The hosts would be mighty pleased with the result as they suffered a defeat in their opening game against Portugal.

Despite Les Bleus enjoying much possession in the first half, they failed to create any clear cut chances and were left stunned when Hungary broke the deadlock right before half-time.

France managed to grab the equaliser through Antoine Griezmann in the second half, but their overall performance was less than satisfactory.

France failed to score

Mourinho said France are the best team and can brag that they have got the best attacking talent in Europe, but against Hungary, the likes of Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe were not clinical inside the box today. Despite scoring the equaliser, Griezmann also had his share of misery. Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele came in as late substitutes, but they also failed to make any substantial difference.

Hungary nearly caused the upset of the decade

Hungary could have created the upset of the decade had they held onto the 1-0 lead. However, a defensive lapse in the middle of the second half – similar to the game against Portugal – allowed France to come up with an equaliser through Barcelona star Griezmann. Nonetheless, the result they achieved today is huge, and now they can switch their attention to their final game against Germany. Their qualification to the knock-out cannot be ruled out despite being in the Group of death.

Peter Gulacsi – the unsung hero of Hungary

RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi put on yet another stunning display between the sticks, and he was one of the reasons Hungary can still dream of the round of 16 qualifications. Gulacsi was resilient even in the game against Portugal, but he was let down by his defenders. Today, he made sure that his side wouldn’t be leaving the Puskas Arena without a point. The 31-year-old made a handful of terrific saves in the process, including the fingertip save against Dembele’s thunderous strike that eventually hit the cross and punching Griezmann’s free-kick in injury time.

Deschamps has to make a case for Benzema

Karim Benzema has failed to hit the ground running in Euro 2020, and he is yet to open his account. The Real Madrid striker is coming off an impressive season at the club level, but he has so far struggled to create a similar impact for Les Bleus despite being an indispensable starter. There is no arguing that Benzema is industrious and technical forward, but he is finding himself in less dangerous positions to cause problems for the defenders. Perhaps he did not get enough time before the tournament. But one goal in the next match could change the scenario all together.

Didier Deschamps can opt for an explosive winger like Dembele – with Griezmann as the false 9 and Kylian Mbappe on the other side – or deploy Giroud as the target man as the Chelsea ace has shown a great understanding with Griezmann over the years.