Germany through to knockout stage with comfortable win

UEFA Euro 2024 -Group A

Germany…………2

Hungary…………..0

Goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan ensured that Germany became the initial team to secure their spot in the knockout phase of UEFA EURO 2024. As they faced Hungary in Stuttgart, hosts Germany emerged victorious with two wins out of two in Group A, thanks to the aforementioned goals.

Germany’s second match proved to be more challenging compared to their 5-1 triumph over Scotland on Matchday 1. However, Julian Nagelsmann’s team displayed enough resilience and skill to secure three points, guaranteeing them a position as one of the best third-place finishers in the group stage.

Following a balanced start, Musiala became the first player in this tournament to score multiple goals. He added to his previous strike against Scotland by unleashing a powerful shot from close range, giving the hosts an early lead.

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On his 17th EURO appearance, Manuel Neuer equaled Gianluigi Buffon’s record for most appearances by a goalkeeper. Neuer showcased his brilliance on the 26th minute when he dove to his right to make an impressive save from Dominik Szoboszlai’s curling free-kick.

Toni Kroos came close to increasing Germany’s advantage in the second half, but his shot was deflected and saved by Péter Gulácsi. Shortly after, Barnabás Varga narrowly missed a header for Hungary. The match was effectively decided when Maximilian Mittelstädt delivered a precise low cross, which was skillfully guided into the net by Gündoğan, ensuring Germany’s spot in the round of 16.

Line-ups

Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Rüdiger, Tah, Mittelstädt; Andrich (Can 72), Kroos; Musiala (Führich 72), Gündoğan (Undav 84), Wirtz (Sané 58); Havertz (Füllkrug 58)

Hungary: Gulácsi; Fiola, Orbán, Dárdai; Bolla (Ádám 75), Ádám Nagy (Kleinheisler 64), Schäfer, Kerkez (Nagy 75); Sallai (Csoboth 87), Szoboszlai, Varga (Gazdag 87)

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