For the last day of Group F, Germany had its destiny in hand at home. In case of victory, the Mannschaft could dream of a first place if France did not take the three points against Portugal. For its part, Hungary, last at kickoff with a small point, had no choice but to win to qualify as the best third. For this meeting, Joachim Low decided to align a new line of attack with the return of Leroy Sané alongside Gnabry and Kai Havertz in the traditional 3-4-3. A choice dictated by the absence of Thomas Muller. Marco Rossi’s Hungary was presented with the same eleven as against France.
In torrential rain, Germany almost logically dominated the start of the match. The many movements of the attackers and the overactivity of Kimmich in his right lane gave a hard time to the Hungarian defense. The versatile Bayern Munich player also created the first opportunity of the match. After a very good call in the back of the defense, he saw his shot repelled by the good Gulacsi. But as against France, Hungary did not play small arms and did not hesitate to project forward. On their almost first opportunity, the Hungarians even found the loophole. On a center marvel of Roland Sallai, the captain of the selection Ádám Szalai placed a beautiful diving header. Unstoppable for Neuer (0-1, 11th). Faced with this scenario which eliminated Germany, Toni Kroos’ teammates accelerated, but came up against the whole first half against the Hungarian wall. Matts Hummels found the bar with a good header (20th), Ginter stumbled over Gulaczs (22nd), Havertz saw his strikes countered by Orban (33rd, 36th).
Germany was very hot
The second period started at the same pace as the first act. Germany monopolized the ball, but didn’t seem to worry about an impervious Hungarian defense. Leroy Sané, holder this evening, lacked ideas. Serge Gnabry could not tell the difference. Only Kai Havertz seemed able to be dangerous with several very interesting calls. The scorer of the last Champions League final scored, once again a very important goal. After a very risky exit from a hitherto irreproachable Gulacsi, Havertz miraculously regained the leather and placed a header into the empty goal (1-1, 67th).
With this goal, Germany moved from last place to second place. Hungary came back last and was therefore eliminated. It was therefore necessary to keep this score for the Germans, but Hungary ultimately did not even doubt a single second. Only a minute later, young Andras Schafer combined wonderfully well with Ádám Szalai, still on the right track. The 22-year-old midfielder was speeding up all the defense and ahead of the exit of Manuel Neuer (1-2, 68th). What to panic a little more Joachim Low who brought in Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka, Musiala and Werner. Deep in the hole after this goal, it was difficult to see the Mannschaft come back. No player seemed to be able to move Hungary more motivated than ever. Toni Kroos’ strike, on one of the rare German breakthroughs, did not go far from the goal (82nd). But the scenario of this match was totally crazy. The new entrant Goretzka took advantage of a bad dismissal Botka to place a nice shot (2-2, 86th). An ultra decisive goal. Subsequently, the Germans sought to manage the score and Hungary failed to regain the advantage. At the end of a crazy match and after a very big fear, Germany finally qualified for the knockout stages with this draw. Hungary is eliminated despite a good performance.
The final table here.