Germany successfully progressed to the knockout stage of the European Championship with a 2-2 draw against Hungary in Munich.
Twice Joachim Low’s side had to come back against an extremely spirited Hungary side, with Kai Havertz and then Leon Goretzka both cancelling out strikes from Adam Szalai and Rolland Sallai.
For all the twists and turns in the group, it was indeed the big guns who went through, with France and Portugal playing out a 2-2 draw to also progress.
Germany were always going to have plenty of the ball against Hungary, and although they conceded two goals, Hummels’ calm presence was much needed at the back in the end. In this round of fixtures in the group stage, only Italy’s Marco Verratti had more touches of the ball than Hummels, who had 135. The Borussia Dortmund talisman also completed 111 passes out of 117 attempts and won a fantastic 9/10 duels.
Hungary captain Szalai was excellent on the night and put in a real leader’s display, following on from his previous appearances in the group. With just 11 minutes on the clock, he rose above the German defence to send a towering header into the bottom corner to give his side the lead. Moments after Germany equalised later on, he then displayed a deft touch to prod a pass through for Rolland Sallai to head past Manuel Neuer to make it 2-1 Hungary. He battled hard up top and although he didn’t get too much change out of the Germans, he did contribute to two goals and pressed them hard.
The experiment of playing Serge Gnabry as a central striker really isn’t working for Germany as he was ineffectual again this evening. In 68 minutes of football he completed just 12 passes before being hooked. Gnabry completed three dribbles, but didn’t complete a single cross and didn’t have a shot on target