UEFA Euro 2020: Germany overpowers Portugal, France and Spain held to shocking draw
Matchday 10 of UEFA Euro 2020 saw three top matches. While only one of them produced a result, the other two saw an intense fight, as they had to settle for a competitive draw. We take a look at it all in this matchday's round-up.
The 2020 UEFA Euro has indeed got intense in the second-round matches in the group stage. On Matchday 10, three top games were held. While only one of them produced a result, the other two turned out to be a competitive draw, as we present the same round-up.
France held to a surprise draw by Hungary
In the opening game of the matchday, world champion France was up against unpredictable Hungary at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest. It turned out to be an eventful first half, with five promising attacks being produced, only for Hungary to take the lead at the stroke of half-time, thanks to Attila Fiola's strike.
The second half saw five good chances being created, while one of them turned out to be the equaliser, as Antoine Griezmann put it in in the 66th minute. Nevertheless, the defence of both sides, along with their goalkeepers, was vigilant enough to deny them, as it all settled for a draw.
- Hungary continues its undefeated streak in Euro when having scored first (3).
- France has ensured bouncing back to avoid defeat in five Euro games to date that is the most by any side in the competition.
- Griezmann scored his seventh goal in the competition, thus becoming the third all-time top scorer in the tournament after Cristiano Ronaldo (11) and Michel Platini (9).
Germany comes from behind to outshine Portugal
The second game of the evening saw defending champion Portugal take on former world champion Germany in the most anticipated game of the evening at the Allianz Arena in Munich. As expected, it turned out to be a total entertainment package. It was Cristiano Ronaldo who put the side ahead in the 15th minute.
However, Germany was lucky to bounce back and lead by half-time, following twin own goals from Ruben Dias (35) and Raphaël Guerreiro (39). The second half saw Germany continue with the same attacking approach, as Kai Havertz put in the third in the 51st minute, followed by Robin Gosens nine minutes later. It surely sealed the deal for the Germans, as a 67th-minute strike from Diogo Jota turned out to be a consolation.
- Ronaldo scored his 19th goal of the Euro/World Cup, the joint-most by any player, along with Germany's Miroslav Klose.
- Germany became the first side in Euro to score and benefit from an own goal.
Portugal becomes the first side in the Euro to concede two own goals in a game.
- Havertz (22 years) has become Germany's youngest scorer in the Euro.
- It was only the second time that Portugal had conceded four goals in a Euro/World Cup game, with the previous being against the same side as well, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Portugal also became the first defending Euro champion to concede four goals in a game.
Spain gets a reality check against Poland
The third game of the evening saw Spain up against Poland at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla. It was expected to be another close encounter, and it rightfully turned out to be so. The opening half saw Álvaro Morata put Spain ahead in the 25th minute, with the side leading at half-time, as a total of nine attacks were produced.
In the second half, Robert Lewandowski quickly levelled things up in the 54th minute with the opening attack of the half. However, while Gerard Moreno missed a chance to restore Spain's lead in the 58th minute following a missed penalty, only a couple more promising attacks were produced thereon, as the deadlock remained in place at the full-time whistle.
- Morata has become the second-highest goal-scorer in the competition for Spain after Fernando Torres (5).
- Lewandowski is the first Polish player to score in three different Euro editions.
- Kacper Kozlowski is the youngest player in Euro (17 years and 246 days), overtaking England's Jude Bellingham (17 years and 349 days).
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