MUNICH (EFE) – A goal by Leon Goretzka in the 83rd minute gave Germany a long-suffering draw (2-2) against a heroic Hungary, which classifies Joachim Löw for the round of 16 of the European Championship, in the that he will meet England in a tremendous and historic duel.
For many minutes of the match, played at the Allianz Arena, the German team ko was eliminated. Surprised by the brilliance of the Magyars, she brushed against tragedy, but finally found the right fit for the Bayern Munich midfielder to stay alive in the continental tournament.
Hungary, who also had their qualifying options, twice went ahead before the stunned German players, who ended up taking their pride to save themselves, although they will have to improve significantly in the round of 16 against England at the Wembley temple.
It did not take long to put fear of the German painting in the rain. A header from captain Adam Szalai opened the scoring. The former Madrid player got between Mats Hummels and Mathias Ginter and took advantage of a long cross thrown by Roland Sallai.
Hungary had obviously come out with a conservative approach, with a five-man defense and trying to permanently double Joshua Kimmich and Robin Gosens on the wings and looking for chances to counter-attack.
With Szalai’s first goal, his initial approach made even more sense against a Germany that had a lot of difficulties to arrive with clarity, although Hummels, with a header to the crossbar, and Ginter brushed the tables in the two clearest options of Low’s side .
The nerves, without a doubt, gripped the Germans, knowing that during some sections the result between Portugal and France did not favor them either. Fortunately, they managed to balance the score in an action almost by chance. Gulacsi went wrong to cut a free kick by Toni Kroos and the ball ended up in the direction of the goal after touching Havertz.
Germany were back in the round of 16, but their joy lasted exactly 15 seconds, which was how long it took Schäfer to score the second Hungarian goal in a maddening and surprising minute.
It was up to Löw’s team to row again from the beginning. Germany made two offensive changes, Jamal Musiala for Gosens and Volland for Ginter, which clearly implied a risk against the Hungarian counterattacks.
But in the end, Musiala’s entrance paid off. His move down the left put the ball in the area and ended with a low shot from Goretzka, who had come in through Gündogan in the 58th minute, which meant qualification for Germany and the elimination of a heroic Hungary.