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Hungary vs France preview

2021-06-18 21:00:00 1477

France take on Hungary in UEFA EURO 2020 Group F in Budapest on Saturday 19 June at 15:00 CET.

World champions France opened their campaign in brisk fashion with a 1-0 win against Germany in Munich that could have been more convincing, and a second victory would book progress with a game to spare. Hungary, meanwhile, seemed to be holding reigning champions Portugal in Budapest only to fall to three late goals, which could prove costly in a group where the cliché that "there are no easy games in international football" is hugely understating matters.

Possible line-ups

Hungary: Gulácsi; Botka, Orbán, At. Szalai; Nagy; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Schäfer, Fiola; Ad. Szalai, Sallai

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, Griezmann; Benzema, Mbappé

Raphaël Varane, France defender: "It's going to be a very difficult game played in the heat of the day in a full stadium. Our opponents will be playing to stay in the competition. They're a very different prospect to Germany, but they're also very dangerous and very motivated, so we will have to be effective, find their weaknesses and keep our defensive shape."

Form guide (most recent first)

Hungary: LDWWWD

France: WWWWWD

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Germany vs Hungary – Wednesday 23 June, Munich

Portugal vs France – Wednesday 23 June, Budapest

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