2024 UEFA Euro - Germany v Hungary

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Euro 2024

Group A

Germany v Hungary


Stuttgart, Germany

Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Kick-off is at 18h00 

Germany will be looking to build on their impressive start to Euro 2024 when they take on Hungary in a Group A clash at the MHPArena on Wednesday, June 19.

The host nation kicked off the tournament with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich on June 14 which put them at the top of the group on goal difference ahead of Switzerland.

Julian Nagelsmann's side were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Florian Wirtz (10'), Jamal Musiala (19') and a Kai Havertz penalty (45+1'), with Niclas Fullkrug (68') and Emre Can (90+3') sealing the big win in the second half.

An own-goal from Antonio Rudiger late on gave the Scots a scant consolation and Nagelsmann revealed his players were disappointed to concede and he views it as a good sign in their bid to reclaim the mantle as Europe's best team.

Kai Havertz
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"The signs from our players were brilliant. They complained about the situation and do not want to concede a goal. So it's a good sign that you're still hungry when you're 4-0 in the lead," he told ITV.

"I'm happy. I'm satisfied. It's not that easy to have the first game in your home country. We looked back at the first games of the last tournaments that weren't that good, so in the end we had a kind of pressure."

The Magyars were tipped as dark horses at the European Championship after going unbeaten in qualifying, but they made a poor start, going down 3-1 to the Swiss at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on June 15.

Barnabas Varga (66') pulled one back for Marco Rossi's side after Kwadwo Duah (12') and Michel Aebischer (45') had put Nati in a commanding position at the break before Breel Embolo (90+3') wrapped up the three points at the death.

Rossi was critical of his players and lamented the individual mistakes that proved so costly, while insisting they stood little to no chance of upsetting Germany given that performance.

Barnabas Varga
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"We had a tactical misunderstanding. We didn't cope and have time to press them. The first half was very bad. We were too passive," he said.

"Switzerland are very experienced, with quality players all over the pitch. Against teams at this level, you run the risk of doing bad things. They made the most of our mistakes.

"We play Germany in four days. I dare anybody to bet one Hungarian forint on us. As of today that looks impossible.

"Germany are a different team than the last Euros, they proved it against Scotland. In my opinion they are the biggest favourite of the European Championship."

Head-to-Head (Last Five Meetings)

Matches - 5

Germany wins - 2

Hungary wins - 1

Draws - 2

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Published: 06/19/2024