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Griezmann admits harsh atmosphere had a role in France’s display

Sat 19 June 2021 | 16:52

France were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary this afternoon, for which the France international blames the atmosphere and temperature in Budapest.

Antoine Griezmann

revealed that the sweltering conditions in a stadium full of fans influenced

France

’s battle against

Hungary

in Euro 2020 on Saturday which came down to a 1-1 draw.

Griezmann canceled out Attila Fiola’s opener in the 24th minute and earned his side one point.

Hungary were urged ahead by a harsh crowd, with 61,000 fans present in the stadium as the coronavirus restrictions ease in the Hungarian capital.

France should now wait for a place in the next stage and the Barcelona forward blames a few factors for his side’s disappointing display.

"

It was a difficult match for us,"

he told

beIN SPORTS

.

"With the fans here in a full stadium, we lost our normal habits. We struggled to get along and it was also super-hot.

"We got caught out at the back and didn't know how to find each other. We didn't know how to put away our chances in the first half.

"We know that we have players on the bench to make the difference at any time. We have to continue to work hard and improve."

Griezmann’s goal against Hungary was his seventh at the Euros, which puts him behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 11, and Michel Platini with nine goals.

The goal has sealed France one point as they wait to see Germany and Portugal’s result.

"

It reminds me a little of the World Cup when we were made to suffer in the group stage,"

he told

TF1

.

"We will have to quickly recover and go again against Portugal. 

"We always knew it would be complicated in the heat and noise in the stands. I have full confidence in the group.

"

Fiola’s strike was France’s first in 527 minutes, but they managed to escape defeat for the ninth time at major tournaments.

Hugo Lloris

is trying to think positive after their draw with Hungary ended their five consecutive victories in all competitions.

"We gave 100 per cent to get the draw today, even if that is not the result we wanted,"

he told TF1.

"We have to be content with the scoreline.

"The opposition made the most of their chance and were well organised, helped by their supporters. We're disappointed but you have to stay positive."

When quizzed if the weather had a role, Lloris said:

"That plays a part, but conceding a goal just before half-time also didn't help us.

"If we had taken the lead it would have changed the dynamics. But we came back into the game and have to be satisfied and recover for the next match."


source: SportMob