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Euro 2020: Hungary claim a famous draw against France after Griezmann cancelled out Fiola’s opener #englishheadline #Euro #Hungary #claim #famous #draw #France #Griezmann #cancelled #Fiolas #opener

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Antoine Griezmann rescued France but in the frenzied atmosphere of Budapest came a sliver of hope for those hoping to stop them adding the Euros to their world title.

Many seem to have taken one glance at the lavish array of natural talent within the French squad and decided they will glide effortlessly through this competition and triumph at Wembley next month.

It is a dangerous game and Didier Deschamps has never been among them. He has always warned against complacency and here Hungary offered some solid evidence to support those concerns.

Attila Fiola lets the emotion pour out as Hungary took a shock lead during the first-half

There were wild celebrations among 61,000 at the Puskas Arena after Fiola's famous goal

There were wild celebrations among 61,000 at the Puskas Arena after Fiola’s famous goal

Laszlo Kleinheisler celebrates after Fiola's goal handed Hungary the lead against France

Laszlo Kleinheisler celebrates after Fiola’s goal handed Hungary the lead against France

There were scenes of wild celebrations in the stands in Budapest as a famous shock looked on

There were scenes of wild celebrations in the stands in Budapest as a famous shock looked on

The magnificent Magyars kept out Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema and, roared on by another euphoric capacity crowd of 61,000, took the lead on the stroke of half-time through rampaging wing-back Attila Fiola.

Attila the Hungarian had only scored one other goal for his country and that was against Andorra. Little wonder there was a raucous reaction from him personally and the majority of those inside the Puskas Arena.

The Magyars used to boast the best international team on the planet. That was many years ago but they remain a passionate footballing nation and they glimpsed one of their finest results in modern times.

France fought back and found a way not to lose as the best teams do. Griezmann levelled and they went flat-out for a winner but were repelled by Hungary’s defensive pillars and marvellous goalkeeper Peter Gulcasi.

But Antoine Griezmann dashed Hungarian hopes with the equaliser in the second period

But Antoine Griezmann dashed Hungarian hopes with the equaliser in the second period

Griezmann fired home to earn France a point and keep them on course for the knockout round

Griezmann fired home to earn France a point and keep them on course for the knockout round

As he was in the opening game against Portugal, Gulacsi was immense, saving late efforts from Mbappe and Corentin Tolisso and deserving his good fortune when Ousmane Dembele fired against a post.

It was a terrific spectacle, enhanced by the noise and Hungary celebrated the point as if they had won the competition. Players lined up with hands on their hearts as fans serenaded them with the national anthem before embarking on a lap of honour.

‘They gave the fans something exceptional, two hours of adrenalin, emotions, tension,’ said Hungary’s Italian coach Marco Rossi, proud of his players and enjoying the ride.

‘I’ve always seen the Euros on TV so I’m here, at 56, like a child at a theme park, and once you’re at the theme park you want to play on the merry-go-rounds and the other attractions.

The dejected reactions of the French players said it all as Hungary held on for a draw

The dejected reactions of the French players said it all as Hungary held on for a draw 

Hungary's Peter Gulacsi, Endre Botka and Attila Szalai celebrate at the end of the match

Hungary’s Peter Gulacsi, Endre Botka and Attila Szalai celebrate at the end of the match

‘We’re here and we want to take part.’

The relentless din demanded a breathless tempo and the game pulsated despite temperatures soaring into the 30s at kick-off.

France were immediately unsettled, forced back to defend set-pieces and resist before they managed to strike any rhythm and test their hosts.

Gulacsi kept out a fizzing drive from Benzema. He also, somehow, saved the follow-up effort from Griezmann, who should have found the net but was about to be ruled offside by referee Michael Oliver.

Kylian Mbappe glided onto a cross from Lucas Digne and headed narrowly wide as France became wasteful in front of goal.

This is how the Group F table looks ahead of Portugal vs Germany on Saturday evening

This is how the Group F table looks ahead of Portugal vs Germany on Saturday evening

Kylian Mbappe rues putting a free header wide during the first half of the match in Budapest

Kylian Mbappe rues putting a free header wide during the first half of the match in Budapest

Mbappe was lively but wasn't able to punch his way through a resolute Hungarian defence

Mbappe was lively but wasn’t able to punch his way through a resolute Hungarian defence 

Karim Benzema was also guilty of sending a gilt-edged chance wide from close range

Karim Benzema was also guilty of sending a gilt-edged chance wide from close range

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS

Hungary (3-5-2): Gulacsi 8; Botka 7, Orban 7, Attila Szalai 7.5; Nego 6.5, Kleinheisler 6.5 (Lovrencsics 83 min), Nagy 7, Schafer 6.5 (Cseri 75, 6), Fiola 7.5; Adam Szalai (Nikolic 26, 6.5), Sallai 6.5.

Scorer: Fiola 45+2

Booking: Botka

Manager: Marco Rossi 7

France (4-3-1-2): Lloris 6; Pavard 5, Kimpembe 5, Varane 6, Digne 6; Pogba 5.5 (Tolisso 75, 5), Kante 6.5, Rabiot 6 (Dembele 57, 6.5 (Lemar 86)); Griezmann 6.5; Mbappe 7, Benzema 5 (Giroud 75, 6).

Scorer: Griezmann 66

Booking: Pavard

Manager: Didier Deschamps 6

Referee: Michael Oliver 6

Benzema sliced wide after sublime touches from Mbappe, who collected a Griezmann pass, set up his strike partner and glowered at him when he missed the target.

Perhaps here was a small window into the disharmony said to be simmering gently among some of the strikers in the squad. Has something disrupted the equilibrium within Deschamps’ squad?

Next time, Mbappe went it alone, wriggling past three red shirts only to pull his effort across the face of goal.

Hungary clung on. They closed space, shut passing angles and protected their ‘keeper. They lost their lionhearted captain Adam Szalai who felt dizzy after a blow to the head. He was taken to hospital for checks but it would not distract them.

They took the lead in first-half stoppage time. Fiola assessed the situation and charged down the left, headed a bouncing ball inside, collected the return from Roland Sallai and dashed clear of Benjamin Pavard.

Right-back Pavard was booked early by referee Oliver and clearly aware of his peril as he let Fiola go unchallenged. Into to the penalty area and Raphael Varane dare not attempt a tackle either and Fiola found the bottom corner to beat Hugo Lloris.

The celebrations were wild. Fiola sprinted to the corner and hurdled a barrier protecting the desk of the pitch-side presenter, who was preparing for half-time. Her water bottles were scattered and her notes upended.

Elsewhere, flares were lit, smoke canisters went off amid the bare-chested fanatics behind Gulacsi’s goal and, like a flashback to bygone footballing era, a toilet roll sailed through the air and unfurled itself across the penalty area.

Perhaps not quite a Waterloo moment for the French but certainly the contest became a test of character.

Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi pulls off a flying save to deny France during the second-half

Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi pulls off a flying save to deny France during the second-half

Gulacsi was beaten with this shot from Ousmane Dembele that cannoned off the post

Gulacsi was beaten with this shot from Ousmane Dembele that cannoned off the post

The game was played out amid a raucous atmosphere at a full Puskas Arena in Budapest

The game was played out amid a raucous atmosphere at a full Puskas Arena in Budapest

They strung passes together and squeezed Hungary back. Didier Deschamps sent on Ousmane Dembele who soon rattled the frame of the Hungarian goal. His fire angled drive tore past Gulacsi and thumped against a post.

Encouragement, and then an equaliser. A long punt down the centre of the pitch from Lloris was not defended well by Hungary, stressed by the electric speed of Mbappe, who beat Loic Nego in a tussle for possession and cut the ball square.

Centre-half Willi Orban stuck out a foot to diverted it away from Benzema but towards Griezmann who gleefully swept it high into the net and performed a little Alan Pardew dance routine for 5,700 France supporters present.

They had salvaged a point but were frustrated in their attempts to find a winner and French fans became angry at Hungary’s time-wasting antics, raining plastic water bottles onto the pitch near the end.They are not in danger of going out but France were hot and bothered and their air of invincibility has taken a knock.

Smoke flares were set off after Fiola's opening goal as Hungary sensed a famous result

Smoke flares were set off after Fiola’s opening goal as Hungary sensed a famous result

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