It was a raucous atmosphere at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium on Tuesday as Portugal ran out 3-0 victors amid the backdrop of a capacity crowd. Hungary dug their heels and were inching towards a point, but a late flurry from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the reining European champions started their title defence in style.
It will now be back to the drawing board for Marco Rossi, who must look to stem the flow and put points on the board if the Magyars are to pull off the unexpected and qualify from Euro 2020’s ‘Group of Death’, which also features 2014 World Cup winners Germany, who they face in their final game.
This penultimate match, though, is arguably their toughest, with the reigning world champions looking suave and majestic in their opener against Germany, in which they kept a clean sheet and could have won 3-0 were it not for two very tight VAR decisions.
In the end Didier Deschamps settled for just the single goal but it was just what the doctor ordered as they get their Euro 2020 campaign up and running, looking to right the wrongs from 2016 and avenge that final defeat to Portugal in Paris.
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Hungary vs France: Match Stats
France have won each of their last five matches against Hungary (12 goals, three against), a run which started with their 3-1 group stage victory at the 1978 World Cup. They had only won three of their previous 17 games against Hungary. But, that winning run could be set to continue; during 2021, only Italy (six) have so far kept more clean sheets among European nations than France (five), who have also registered a shutout in their last five matches in all competitions.
Hungary vs France: Corner Stats
Across 2021, in just six matches, France have registered a whopping 52 corners at nearly nine a game, 12 of which came in March’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. They slightly undercooked that metric against Germany, winning just three corners, but given Portugal managed exactly double that against Hungary, Deschamps will be expecting his charges to exploit the flanks. Hungary meanwhile didn’t register a single corner against Portugal.
Hungary vs France: Cards Stats
France have been a referee’s dream this year, collecting just five yellows in six games across all competitions, including not a single telling off against Germany, despite registering seven fouls. Hungary, by contrast, have been quite naughty, registering 11 yellow cards in that same timeframe, including two against Portugal and even a red card in October’s World Cup qualifier against Poland, with Attila Fiola given an early bath.
Hungary vs France: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Hungary 0-2 France
Hungary vs France: Odds
Hungary vs France: Head to Head
31 May 2005 – France 2-1 Hungary – International friendly
28 Mar 1990 – Hungary 1-3 France – International friendly
09 Jun 1986 – Hungary 0-3 France – World Cup
06 Oct 1982 – France 1-0 Hungary – International friendly
10 Jun 1978 – France 3-1 Hungary – World Cup
This is Hungary and France’s first encounter at the European Championship. Their two previous meetings at a major tournament both produced French wins, which came in the group stages of the World Cup in 1978 (3-1) and 1986 (3-0).