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Die Mannschafts coast into the pre-quarterfinals playing out a 2-2 draw against Hungary

Leon Goretzka with the late equaliser sealing the Round of 16 spot for the Die Mannschafts in the Euro 2020 tournament. (Image Source: Twitter.com)

Had it not been for Goretzka’s late equalizer, the Die Mannschafts would have been left guessing about their forlorn fate in the Euro 2020 tournament.

An incredible cagey game in the final fixture of 2020 Euro at the Allianz Arena saw Germany and Hungary played out an undulating draw. Thanks to Goretzka’s late equalizer, which helped the former side to ease past Marcus Rossi’s side to seal a berth in the Euro 2020 round of 16.

Joachim Low’s men came into the game needing a draw to confirm their place in the Round of 16, while Hungary desperately needed a win to make a cut.  For the most part of the night, it looked like Hungary were going through, and Germany staring at the group stage exit.

Germany lurching hard in the initial phases

No sooner the game kicked off, both sides delved into their attacking brand of Football. Into the 11th minute of the game, a delicious cross from Rolland Sallai finds the captain Adam Szalai who stooped to head powerfully into the corner past Neuer, giving an early lead for the rank outsiders.

In the 21st minute, Germany really had a close chance to equalize but Hummels’ header onto the top of the post from the corner, just put them desperately. Though Germany held a lion’s share of possession, the opposition determined to give nothing away for free, leaving them to toil for most of the night.

With a flurry of chances to keep a fashioned approach to the game, both sides kept each other on their toes.  The second half of the match turned out to be more entertaining, while the sides hovering their grit and determination to make a cut to the knockout phase. In the 61st minute, the 2014 world champions were handed a lifeline from nothing when Kimmich’s free-kick missed Gulcasi’s hands and finds the better of Havertz’s head, who took no effort and nodded it home.

It barely took minutes for Marcus Rossi’s side to restart their attack. Seven minutes post the Havertz’ equalizer, Szalai soaked a smart ball through to the rampaging Andras Schafer who lunged forward and head it past custodian Manuel Neuer, restoring the lead for Hungary.

Patience and pressure paid off

The 70th-minute goal fiasco had almost put Die Mannschafts under the weather. With Rossi’s defending desperately to fortify their spot in the knockout stages, Toni Kroos tried his luck, took a shot from the right angle, but his effort flashed wide.

With Germany desperate for a goal, Low substituted Vollands and 18-year-old Musiala for Ginter and Gosens. The German pressure finally paid off in the 84th when substitute Jamal Musiala lanced the ball in the box, which finds Goretzka’s comfy legs who swiped past it behind the back of Hungary’s nets.

Whistles down! It all ended square at the Allianz Arena. Goretzka bagged the crucial equalizer in the 84th minute to save Germany from another tournament debacle. Die Mannschafts qualify for the knockouts and is set to play their round of 16 fixture against England at Wimbley on Wednesday.


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