In what came a Saturday night miracle for the football fans across the world, Hungary held World Champions France for a draw, and Germany thrashed defending champions Portugal by 4-2. The scenario in Group F can’t get worse as the last round will decide that who will qualify into the knockouts at the Round of 16.
In the first match between Hungary and France, Hungary surprised the fans at the packed Budapest Stadium by taking a first-half lead. A. Fiola scored the goal for Hungary in the 2nd minute of Extra Time in the first half. France’s side was shattered by the lead taken by Hungary. France retaliated in the 66th minute of the match where right-forward A. Griezmann scored an outstanding goal.
Afterward, France made repeated attempts to score goals but failed to break the shackles of Hungary’s defense as the match ended in a Draw.
Germany faced Portugal in a do-or-die match at the Allianz Arena. Portugal rode on to an outstanding start with a counter-attack goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. Leading in the first half, Portugal was shattered after two of their defenders scored their own goals in a succession of five minutes to hand over the lead to Germany. Dias (35th minute) and Guerreiro (39th minute) scored their own goals as halftime ended with 2-1 lead for Germany.
Germany took the advantage of a demoralized Portugal side and scored two quick goals in the second half. Havertz scored in the 51st minute and Gosens scored in the 60th minute. Portugal retaliated with a goal from Jota in the 67th minute but that wasn’t enough to win the match. Germany won the match by a score of 4-2.
Group F Qualification Scenario:
- The winner of the Portugal vs France match qualifies for the Round of 16. If Germany loses against Hungary, both the teams will qualify.
- If both the matches end in a draw, France and Germany will qualify.
- If Germany wins against Hungary, Germany will qualify.
Group F Standings (After Matchday 2 of 3):
- 1st– France
- 2nd– Germany
- 3rd– Portugal
- 4th– Hungary