After grabbing a hard-earned triumph over Germany, France travels to the Ferenc Puskás Stadium to take on Hungary in Group F on Saturday in a fresh set of fixtures in the European 2020 Championship.
With claiming a 1-0 triumph over fellow European powerhouse Germany on Tuesday, World champions France bears the stamp of Euros 2020 title contenders and now they encounter the team that is most presumably expected to finish bottom of the table, Hungary.
In fact, the hosts were beaten at the hands of defending championsPortugal
in a 3-0 loss on Tuesday as all three goals were scored in the final 10-minutes.
The reaction of Hungarian players is worth watching as they are participating in a competition that is doomed even before the start.
This penultimate games, is arguably the Hungarian's toughest match of the tournament, as the reigning world champions appeared as suave and majestic as possible in their opener againstGermany
, in which they managed to keep a clean sheet and even could have possibly won 3-0 were it not for two very tight VAR decisions.
So poor Hungary are rock bottom in Group F at least until now and although they are getting upset, they are trying their utmost not to let melancholy overcome them so as to keep their dreams alive as they welcome the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners.
After all, it is a herculean task, progressing from the so-called ‘group of death' while the Hungarian's heavy defeat is a bitter pill to swallow for them as it has limited their already slim beacons of hope.
After you have notified of the nations previous matches in
in the earlier section, here you would be provided with a further overview of how they have done to reach here, as their performance in various competitions is taken into consideration.
This match is Hungary's second successive EURO finals. Since 1972, their first appearance in Euro was in 2016 while it was their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup as well.
In 2016 their team led by Bernd Storck finished first in Group F on five points, as they levelled withIceland
but were above them on head-to-head record, and even were two points ahead of final champions Portugal along with eliminated Austria on one point.
In terms of qualification for Euro 2020, they were fourth in their
UEFA EURO 2020
qualifying group, as they racked up 12 points from their eight games to finish behind Croatia, Wales and Slovakia which are all in the final tournament as well.
As they were beaten by Portugal in their UEFA EURO 2020 opener on Tuesday, it was an end to Hungary's nine-match unbeaten in competitive games, from the time they were defeated 3-2 at home byRussia
in the UEFA Nations League on 6 September 2020.
This is France 13th consecutive world or European final tournament since the 1994 World Cup, while they have reached five finals in this process, winning three of them.
Likewise, this is their tenth EURO, and their eighth in a row as the last time they failed to qualify for Euro was in 1988.
In 2016, they had finished first in their group and beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 that was their first EURO knockout win since 2000 in the round of 16.
Les Bleus compensated for their previous frustration as they won their second World Cup in 2018, beatingCroatia
4-2 in the final for the sake of adding to their title from 20 years earlier.
Concerning their qualification process for Euro 2020, they qualified for the 2020 finals as they finished first in Group H while winning eight of their ten qualifiers so as to gather 25 points, two more than Turkey.
The match would be the second-ever encounters of the two side, who last met at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. In that meeting, France grabbed a 3-0 triumph to reach a second-place finish in Group C.
Besides, it is the Franc's fifth
UEFA European Championship
as they have been triumphant in three of the four prior encounters and drawn the other.
Here is everything there is to know about the possible lineups and formations of the encountering squads of Hungary and France in Group F of UEFA Euro 2020.
Hungary gave a good account of themselves in the opening three-quarters of their match vs Portugal yet they conceded many chances. Therefore most probably they line up according to the same 3-5-2 formation.
Dominik Szoboszlai, Dániel Gazdag, Szilveszter Hangya, Balázs Tóth, and Csaba Spandler, from the announced original squad of their coach Russi, are the ones who are missing out on UEFA EURO 2020, most of them for the case of their injuries.
Probable starting line-up (3-5-2)
: Peter Gulacsi, Attila Szalai, Willi Orban, Adam Lang,Andras Schafer
, Gergo Lovrencsics, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Kevin Varga, Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai
France may go well with the same starting line-up against Hungary on the account of their players' good performance in the opening match.
Their coach Deschamps himself announced that the XI would be the same team that encountered Germany but it would make a few changes.
Moreover, Coman would not be present on today's game in as much as he has headed off to be with his wife, who has just given birth.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1)
: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot, Griezmann,Benzema
Undoubtedly, Hungary is facing a daunting task today as they have been grouped with three European giants in Group F.
is going through this match with sky-high confidence, particularly after their victory over Germany.
So they would easily control the game against Hungary if they manage to get an early goal.
In essence, it is expected that they would claim all three points in this match while many assumed it to be the highest-scoring game of the tournament.