Created on 2021-06-18 at 15:09 PM
With a crucial cross, Lucas Hernández ushered in the opening win for France at the Euros. "I just wanted to play the ball hard inside to Kylian Mbappé. That's how we practised it in training. In the end it was an own goal. But it still paid off," said Hernández. The Bayern defender gave a strong overall performance in the duel with Germany on Tuesday and played a big role in handing the Equipe Tricolore the advantage after the 1-0 win in Group F.
France play their second game against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday (kick-off: 9 am ET). Les Bleus would take a giant step towards the last 16 with a win. France would qualify early if the Germans failed to win the subsequent game against Portugal (12 pm ET). Otherwise, six points would probably be enough to advance in third place (in addition to the group winners and runners-up, the four best third place teams also qualify for the last 16).
Full house at the Puskás Arena
A full stadium is expected for the game in the Puskás Arena. The Hungarians' opening game against Portugal (3-0 to the visitors) was a sell-out with over 60,000 spectators. "It's been a long time since we played in a full stadium. We'll have to get used to it again," said Hernández.
On Wednesday the French trained at the FC Bayern Campus:
After teeing up the decisive goal against Germany, Hernández wants to prove his qualities in the upcoming games: "At FC Bayern I've improved my ball possession and attack. In the next few games I will be seen more going forward."