Considered as ’Euro 2020 favorites’, an own goal from Germany’s experienced defender Hummels was enough to kickstart France’s Euro campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory.
man of the match was undoubtedly
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba
, whose exceptional pass to
ultimately resulted in the unfortunate
, who was out of place in
turning the ball into his own net
In addition to that,
had the most touches topped for
(78), while no other player on the pitch drew more fouls (four), made more interceptions (three) or gained possession on more occasions (12) than the
"He started very early with France, he plays with a lot of maturity, he has so many qualities,"
"The difficulty for him is to choose when to use his force. He is a complete player. He has found a balance in his game, he has been performing for many years, he brings a lot to the group in relation to his character. He is at a very good level."
for Pogba in the future? He's maturing. He has this strength of character, he knows how to convey that to the group, he is respected and on top of that he sets the mood!
"He's a leader, he could easily wear the French team's armband."
at the heart of
' defence on Tuesday,
combined for 12 clearances – Varane's tally of nine a game-high – and looked solid against a Germany attack featuring Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz and the returning Thomas Muller.
"It's a collective performance. When [Kylian] Mbappe loses a ball and recovers it five seconds later, that gives us strength," Varane said, referencing the high press France deployed at the Allianz Arena.
"Kimpembe and I have complementary qualities, we talk a lot. It's not a question of motivation in this kind of match. We motivate each other.
"We also spoke a lot with our midfield to defend well and succeed in countering opposing attacks. We had to be very focused."