Created on 2021-06-16 at 15:06 PM
Germany lost 1-0 to world champions France in their opening match of the European Championship on Tuesday afternoon. In a tight and captivating encounter in front of 14,000 spectators at Munich’s Allianz Arena, eight Bayern stars were involved in total.
In the end it was FCB’s French trio of Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernández (both starters) and Corentin Tolisso (88th-minute substitute) who were celebrating. For the defeated Germans, Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller all started, while Leroy Sané entered the fray in the 74th minute.
Hernández sets up winning goal
Captain Neuer made a strong save from Kylian Mbappé in the 17th minute, but just three minutes later, Die Mannschaft fell behind in highly unfortunate circumstances. Bayern defender Hernández drilled the ball from the left into the centre, where Mats Hummels got in front of the lurking Mbappé, but the ball bounced off the centre-back’s shin and into his own net.
Gnabry close to equaliser
After Adrien Rabiot struck the post for Les Bleus (51’), Gnabry had Germany’s best chance in the 54th minute, when his bouncing shot from Robin Gosens’ cross landed on the roof of the net. France then had goals disallowed on 67 and 85 minutes, with the strikes from Mbappé and Karim Benzema both being chalked off for earlier offsides. It ended in a narrow victory for the world champions.
Back to it on Saturday
Earlier on in the afternoon, Portugal beat Hungary 3-0 in the other game in Group F. The next matchday is on Saturday, when France take on Hungary at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest at 9 am ET, followed by Germany’s clash with the Portuguese at 12 pm ET in Munich.
The EURO finals began with defeat for Best FIFA Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski: