Germany have edged their manner into the Euro 2020 knockout levels after managing a late 2-2 draw to Hungary on the Allianz Area on Wednesday, establishing a final 16 tie in opposition to England.
The 2016 World Cup champions completed second in Group F after a dramatic night of motion that noticed France draw 2-2 to Portugal.
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Germany’s draw means they may face England at Wembley Stadium subsequent Tuesday.
France, who completed prime of Group F with 5 factors, face Switzerland within the subsequent spherical, whereas Portugal face Belgium after ending third.
Hungary seemed to trigger an upset after they opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a formidable diving header from the captain Adam Szalai, who had linked with Roland Sallai’s excellent whipped cross behind the German again line.
Germany’s Kai Havertz seemed to have purchased his facet a lifeline on 66 minutes when he scored his second purpose of the event. The Chelsea midfielder headed the ball house into an empty web after a goalkeeping error from Hungary’s Peter Gulacsi.
However Hungary struck again moments later as midfielder Andras Schafer nodded the ball previous as an on-rushing Manuel Neuer.
Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka levelled the match as soon as extra on 85 minutes to safe his facet’s place within the spherical of 16.
“We made errors however we fought, confirmed character,” Germany coach Joachim Low stated. “It was not for the faint-hearted. On the finish to return by way of this group was good and that was the intention.
“What issues is that we’re by way of. Now we play with England and we will sit up for that match.
“It’s an absolute spotlight to play at Wembley in opposition to England. We will likely be a distinct workforce than tonight, I can promise you that.”
The build-up to Wednesday’s match was dominated by UEFA’s determination to reject a request from Munich metropolis council to gentle the Allianz Area in rainbow colors.
Earlier than kickoff, an individual with a rainbow flag ran onto the sector and held it up in entrance of the Hungary workforce because the nation’s nationwide anthem was being performed. The particular person was rapidly tackled by stewards and pinned to the bottom.
Rainbow flags outnumbered German flags when followers arrived to the match. Supporters had been met on the exit of an area subway station by a number of volunteers from teams together with Amnesty Worldwide, CSD Germany and S’AG Munich distributing rainbow flags.
Germany captain Neuer additionally confirmed help for the LGBT group by sporting a rainbow armband, as he did in his facet’s earlier match in opposition to France.
UEFA stated the rainbow image was not the explanation rejecting the request to gentle up the stadium however Hungary’s presence on the recreation.
Data from the Related Press and Reuters contributed to this report.