Germany Defeats Hungary (2-0): Gundogan’s Day Seals the Deal in the 67th Minute

Germany had a triumphant start at EURO 2024, crushing Scotland 5-1. Meanwhile, Hungary suffered a 1-3 defeat against Switzerland. This gives the team, led by Coach Nagelsmann, a much lighter spirit than their rivals.

Germany Defeats Hungary (2-0): Gundogan's Day Seals the Deal in the 67th Minute

However, Hungary was off to a better start, launching a series of noteworthy attacks. Nonetheless, it didn’t take long for Germany to regain control and deploy their dangerously tactical game.

In the 22nd minute, after missing a few opportunities, Germany took the lead. The ball was played from the right wing before Wirtz passed it to Musiala in the center, who flicked it to Gundogan. Orban intercepted the ball in the penalty box. However, after a collision with Gundogan, the Hungarian players paused, thinking Gundogan had committed a foul. This allowed Barcelona’s midfielder to pass the ball back to Musiala for a left-footed finish, opening the match’s score.

After conceding, Hungary rallied energetically, and at times it seemed they were on the verge of equalizing. However, the brilliance of Manuel Neuer and the VAR left the Southern European representative disheartened.

In the second half, despite maintaining pressure, Germany still had moments of worry, including Varga’s header hitting the crossbar in the 60th minute. The final concern ended in the 67th minute when left-back Mittelstadt advanced to receive Musiala’s pass before crossing to Gundogan, who swiftly responded by sliding into the penalty area and scoring the second goal for the hosts.

Playing with a comfortable mindset, the German players then took turns shooting, but goalkeeper Gulacsi denied opportunities from Kimmich and substitute Sane. In the 90th minute, Hungary nearly reduced the deficit to 1-2 after Neuer dropped the ball from a catch, but Kimmich saved on the goal line, denying Gazdag’s rebound volley. That was the last play of the match, and with a 2-0 victory, Germany secured a place in the round of 16.

⚽️ UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 tournaments and 10 national champions

⏩ Germany won the Euro 3 times (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

⏩ Spain won the Euro 3 times (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

⏩ France won the Euro 2 times (1984 – 2000)

⏩ Italy won the Euro 2 times (1968 – 2020)

⏩ Soviet Union won the Euro once in 1960

⏩ Czechoslovakia won the Euro once in 1976

⏩ Netherlands won the Euro once in 1988

⏩ Denmark won the Euro once in 1992

⏩ Greece won the Euro once in 2004

⏩ Portugal won the Euro once in 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking on February 15, 2024 such as France (2nd) – England (3rd) – Belgium (4th) – Netherlands (6th) – Portugal (7th) – Spain (8th) – Italy (9th) – Croatia (10th) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to deliver top-level and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the first and second teams in each group, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get a ticket to the knock-out round. The opening match is scheduled for June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

⚽️ Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

⚽️ Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

⚽️ Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

⚽️ Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

⚽️ Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

⚽️ Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

⚽️ Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

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