Euro 2020 matchday five: France start in style as Ronaldo breaks scoring record

An own goal from Mats Hummels sunk Germany against France in Munich, while Cristiano Ronaldo continued to raise the bar.

Pa Sport Staff
Tuesday 15 June 2021 22:19
French players celebrate after scoring their side’s first goal during the Euro 2020 Group F match against France and Germany in Munich
French players celebrate after scoring their side’s first goal during the Euro 2020 Group F match against France and Germany in Munich

France underlined their Euro 2020 favourite tags with a 1-0 win over Germany in Munich, while holders Portugal opened their Group F campaign with a 3-0 win against Hungary in Budapest.

The tournament’s so-called ‘group of death’ saw the two former world champions go head-to-head on Tuesday night.

A first-half own goal from Mats Hummels proved enough for a hard-earned France win, with Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both seeing efforts ruled out for offside at the Allianz Arena.

Defending champions Portugal, meanwhile, eventually got the better of Hungary after a late double by Cristiano Ronaldo helped silence the majority of the home fans at a full-capacity Puskas Arena.

Daily social

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen gave a positive update on his health and thanked everyone for their kind messages of support.

Budapest’s bumper crowd

Fans attend the Euro 2020 Group F match between Hungary and Portugal at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary

The Puskas Arena in Budapest hosted the biggest attendance of the tournament so far, with a near capacity 61,000 crowd packed in as Hungary – where there has been a huge Covid-19 vaccination rollout – opened their Group F campaign with a defeat to dampen the party atmosphere.

Quote of the day

I'm fine - under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

Eriksen with words everyone wanted to hear.

Allez Les Bleus

France’s Kylian Mbappe (right) on as Germany’s Mats Hummels scores an own goal

Stat attack

Portugal forward Ronaldo became the first player to appear in five European Championship finals when he led the team out against Hungary – having made his debut against Greece at Euro 2004. Not content with that new benchmark, Ronaldo’s late double then also saw him crowned the tournament’s all-time top scorer with 11 goals.

Up next

June 16

Finland vs Russia (Group B, St Petersburg, 1400)Turkey v Wales (Group A, Baku, 1700)Italy vs Switzerland (Group A, Rome, 2000)