Hungary 1-1 France: Antoine Griezmann spares blushes as Euro 2021 favorites frustrated in Budapest
Supported by a large home crowd, Hungary started off aggressively as they clashed with the world champions, but Didier Deschamps’ side quickly found their rhythm.
France dominated the ball as Kylian Mbappe headed for a superb cross from Lucas Dinge, the Everton man brought Lucas Hernandez’s side in the only change from their first victory over Germany.
Mbappe was involved again minutes later when France should have taken the lead. The PSG striker wonderfully picked up a ball from Antoine Griezmann and headed for Karim Benzema, but the returning striker managed to pull away.
France got closer to the goal, as Paul Pogba then hit the side net.
It seemed obvious that the visitors would open the scoring, until Hungary punched in added time at the end of the first half.
Attila Fiola played a brace and ran behind Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane before overtaking Hugo Lloris at the near post and lifting the roof of the Puskas Arena. France was shaken and unleashed. Having dominated but failed to open any real gaps, they were behind.
Hungary continued to hold on in the second half before Deschamps sent off Ousmane Dembele, who picked up the pace and quickly hit a post.
After all the attempts to play cute football and find a way, the first way brought France to the level.
Mbappe ran on a long ball from Lloris and managed to bring the ball back behind the Hungarian backline before cutting for Griezmann who buried the luck.
Oliver Giroud was then sent off for a disappointing Benzema to find a winner and a route to the round of 16. The Chelsea forward managed to nudge Mbappe, but the 22-year-old found Peter Gulacsi on his way with a nice save.