• April 14, 2024

France 1-0 Germany: Mats Hummels own goal sees Euro 2020 favourites France beat Germany

Mats Hummels scored Germany’s first own goal at a European Championship

World champion France started his EM 2020 campaign with a victory over Germany thanks to an own goal by Mats Hummels in a high-quality heavyweight game in Group F.

Hummels – called back for this tournament after coach Joachim Löw informed him in 2019 that his international career was over – steered Lucas Hernandez’s cross into his own net in the first half of a fascinating duel in Munich.

Tournament favorites France were just about the better of the two teams, but seemed to be in third gear most of the time.

Paul Pogba shouldered the ball over the crossbar from a corner, Kylian Mbappe held an oblique shot, he and Karim Benzema were out offside and Adrian Rabiot hit the outside of the post.

After unusually turbulent years, Germany made it to the finals with big questions about their best XI and their chances of success, but turned out to be a typically hard-fought opponent in the final.

Thomas Muller – another player he remembered after being thrown overboard by Low – headed off. Ilkay Gündogan failed from a good position in the penalty area on the post and Serge Gnabry saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net.

Not only the actual football was of interest.

There was a hint that Germany’s defender Antonio Rüdiger Pogba might have bitten in the shoulder in the first half, even though the reps were inconclusive.

This came after a Greenpeace protester parachuted into the stadium and dropped equipment as he fell onto the pitch before being chased away by security forces.

France’s win means that she and Portugal, who beat Hungary 3-0 in Budapest on Tuesday, will take the initiative in a highly competitive Group F.


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  • 2Surname
  • 4thearly
  • 3rdKimmembé
  • 21Hernández
  • 6thPogba
  • 13thKanté
  • 14thRabiotReplaced byDembeleat the 90 + 5 ‘protocol
  • 7thGriezmann
  • 19thBenzemaReplaced byTolissoat the 89 ‘protocol
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  • 5Lenglet
  • 8thLemar
  • 9Giroud
  • 11Dembele
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  • 23Mainan
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  • 1New
  • 4thGinterReplaced byCanat the 87 ‘protocol
  • 5Hummels
  • 2Rudiger
  • 6thKimmichBooked at 7 minutes
  • 21Gündogan
  • 8thKroos
  • 20thGosensReplaced byVollandat the 87 ‘protocol
  • 7thHavertzReplaced bySanéat the 74 ‘protocol
  • 25thMüller
  • 10GnabryReplaced byWernerat the 74 ‘protocol


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  • 9Volland
  • 11Werner
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Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande

Live text

  1. Game ends, France 1, Germany 0.

  2. Second half ends, France 1, Germany 0.

  3. Offside, France. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

  4. Replacement, France. Ousmane Dembélé replaces Adrien Rabiot.

  5. Offside, Germany. Emre Can tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.

  6. Corner, Germany. Admitted by Corentin Tolisso.

  7. Replacement, France. Corentin Tolisso replaces Karim Benzema.

  8. Attempt failed. Leroy Sané (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Replacement, Germany. Kevin Volland replaces Robin Gosens.

  10. Replacement, Germany. Emre Can replaces Matthias Ginter.

  11. Handball by Adrien Rabiot (France).

  12. VAR decision: No goal France 1-0 Germany.

  13. Offside, France. Paul Pogba tries a through ball, but Kylian Mbappé is caught offside.

  14. Foul by Thomas Müller (Germany).

  15. Presnel Kimpembe (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Robin Gosens (Germany).

  17. Antoine Griezmann (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Foul by Lucas Hernández (France).

  20. Replacement, Germany. Leroy Sané replaces Kai Havertz.

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