Before the two Group F meetings, our German neighbors weren’t really panicking. Second in the pool, the Mannschaft faced the most affordable team, Hungary, and many imagined seeing them win easily and even take first place from the Blues. Impressive in its reaction to Portugal last Saturday (4-2), Germany seemed indeed finally launched. In the end, the quadruple world champions almost went by the wayside!
Were the Hungarians upset after all this controversy (refusal by UEFA that the Munich stadium be lit in LGBT colors as a protest against a Hungarian law) having enamelled the pre-match? Still, Marco Rossi’s men cooled an entire stadium in the 11th minute when Adam Szalai did not spoil Roland Sallai’s offering to put his people in front of the scoreboard. If you were watching the match for the France team, then you must have heard the stadium in Budapest catch fire. Normal, the Munich score had just been displayed and at this precise moment, Hungary was qualified and Germany fourth and eliminated!
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The disaster scenario even continued when Portugal opened the scoring against the Habs after a penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo. It was then 9:31 p.m. A little more than a quarter of an hour later, Karim Benzema put the two teams back on an equal footing, but nothing changes. Germany is still leading and last. It was 9:47 p.m. On returning from the locker room, the first twist. The Blues take the advantage thanks to Benzema, barely two minutes after the start of the second period. It was 10:10 pm and there, the Germans thanked France since they passed third and Portugal fell to fourth place.
No time to breathe. 22:22. Twelve minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo put the Mannschaft back in the hole by equalizing against France (2-2). But it is not finished ! Six minutes later, Germany finally managed to find the loophole thanks to Havertz (1-1). It was 10:28 pm and the 2014 world champions thought they had done the hard part. It was without counting on Ancras Schäfer (1-2). 10:30 p.m., another blow of the club. It was finally necessary to wait nearly 20 minutes for Leon Goretzka to deliver his.
Germany does not want to go through this again
A completely crazy evening that the Germans will remember. Starting with Manuel Neuer. “We’re just relieved to be second in the group. It was a scary thriller. It’s tough against a team like that when you’re down 1-0. The Hungarians tried to shut everything down. “ Decisive scorer, Goretzka did not hide his joy, but confided that his team should never have conceded this second goal. ” I am so happy. What shouldn’t have happened is what happened right after the 1-1 goal. We had already talked about it among ourselves. You’ve done the hard part and the 1-2 comes right after. It never has to happen if you want to achieve something in a tournament like this. We don’t need to be in doubt. We are full of self-confidence. “
Finally, Joachim Löw, passed very close to an exit by the very small door, tried to explain what did not work, before paying homage to Hungary. “We cannot repeat the same mistakes. We must do better. We made mistakes and gave too many balls. This shouldn’t happen again in our next game. There was resistance in this group, it was clear before the start of the competition, it was the death group. France only made 1-1 against the so-called small Hungary. It was not easy, they had nothing to lose. We haven’t found enough spaces or opened enough spaces in their defense. It was a good mentality at the end. We didn’t give up, we didn’t go crazy after being led. “ Sacred evening …