Euro 2020: France beat Germany 1-0 to go second in Group F after Mats Hummels scored an own goal.

A Mats Hummels own goal was enough to hand France a 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday as the world champions made a winning start to their Euro 2020 campaign by dominating in Munich. Hummels turned the ball into his own net in the 20th minute, which ultimately decided the contest.

France deserved the win, with both Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema having second-half goals ruled offside while Adrien Rabiot also hit the post for Les Bleus. The result leaves France second on goal difference in the early Group F table behind Portugal, after the holders’ 3-0 win over Hungary earlier in Budapest.

The home defeat piles the pressure on Germany ahead of their next game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Saturday, also at the Allianz Arena.

Star of the Match: Paul Pogba (France)

“Outstanding with the ball, involved in the goal with a great pass behind Germany’s defence. Always an option and kept the ball. The most important player in the central midfield. Always going forward and coming back to help Kanté. A really good performance with and without the ball.”


Didier Deschamps, France coach: “We played a great game against very good opponents. I knew my players would be ready and we were up for the fight. We weren’t far away from scoring the second goal that would have made us safe, but we didn’t suffer that much in the second half. It was a strong match with quality and talent.”

Joachim Löw, Germany coach: “It was a really intense match and we fought until the very end. I cannot blame my team for not trying – they gave everything they had.”

Paul Pogba, Star of the Match: “We all put the effort in. We’re all focused on our jobs on the pitch. We know we need to live up to our tag as world champions and come out on to the pitch with humility. When we need to suffer, we do it together and when we attack, we do it together.”

Hugo Lloris, France captain: “The main thing was taking the three points. We really played as a team. We suffered at times, especially in the second half when they held onto the ball and got it wide. We did the most important thing and we must savour that.”

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