Germany v Hungary: Euro 2024 – live

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38 min: Another Germany corner, won once again by Mittlestadt. Willi Orban clears the ball sent into the mixer by Kroos, then Musiala is penalised for a foul on Orban inside the Hungary penalty area. Replays show it was actually the Hungary defender who trod on Musiala’s instep. Had Musiala gone to ground and appealed, he had an exceptionally strong case for being awarded a penalty by the curtain-twitchers in the VAR room.

35 min: Max Mittlestadt sends a cross from the left into the German penalty area and after a short, impromptu game of head tennis its put out for a corner by Milos Kerkez. Toni Kroos’s latest inswinger is half-cleared, the ball is sent back into the mixer by Mittlestadt and Hungary clear again.

34 min: While Jamal Musiala is the only player in this tournament to have got two goals in this tournament, it’sa worth noting that he is currently being outscored by our old friend Own Goal in the race for the golden boot.

31 min: Hungary have responded well to going a goal down and continue to pose problems for Germany. Szoboszlai punches the air in frustration after seeing a volley deflected wide.

28 min: Both Antonio Rudiger and Barnabas Varga were booked in the aftermath of that Hungary free-kick. I think Varga’s yellow card was for dissent and I’m not sure why Rudiger was cautioned. It was either for the same offence, or else a belated yellow for the foul on Milos Kerkez that led to the free-kick in the first place.

27 min: Manuel Neuer is called in to action to keep out a Szoboszlai free-kick with a terrific save. Varga tries to score on the follow-up but the angle is too narrow. Neuer saves again, this time with his foot.

Manuel Neuer paws away Szoboszlai’s free kick. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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23 min: The goal stands. Right by the byline, not too far from one of the goalp[osts, Ilkay Gundogan nipped in to nick the ball after appearing to foul Willi Orban, who was trying to shepherd it back to his goalkeeper. With Orban on the deck beside him, Gundogan pulled the ball back to Musiala, who buried it into the roof of the net. Hungary’s players are furious as they are convinced Orban was fouled.

GOAL! Germany 1-0 Hungary (Musiala 22)

Germany lead! Jamal Musiala roofs the ball to score his second goal of the tournament from eight yards out after a marvellous bit of industriousness from Ilkay Gundogan. There’s a VAR check.

Musiala shoots through the crowd to give Germany the lead! Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA
Jamal Musiala stumbles off to celebrate! Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

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19 min: A sweeping Germany move ends with Kai Havertz overhitting a return-pass into the path of Gundogan, who had played a give-and-go before darting to the edge of the six-yard box. Attila Fiola was playing him onside and with a better pass from Havertz, Germany would almost certainly have taken the lead thropugh their skipper.

17 min: Germany corner. On this occasion, Toni Kroos’s delivery isn’t the best and Hungary clear his inswinger at the near post. Hungary break upfield but not in sufficient numbers to cause Germany any problems.

15 min: A pull-back from Bolla (or possibly Szoboszlai?) on the right wing finds its way to Roland Sallai a couple of yards outside the Germany penalty area. His shot is weak and blocked by the first defender.

13 min: From the corner, Germany win another one when Andrich’s smart volley from a great delivery is headed out by Bendegez Bolla. Nothing comes of the second set-piece but Germany have taken control of this first half.

12 min: Kai Havertz outmuscles Willi Orban to get to a ball into the Hungary box, only to have his effort saved at point-blank range by Peter Gulasci, who puts it out for a corner.

Kai Havertz goes close for the hosts. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

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11 min: Hungary advance down the right, but Barnabas Varga loses possession to Germany’s midfield enforcer Robert Andrich.

9 min: Toni Kroos tries to pick out Ilkay Gundogan with a diagonal towards the byline, but overhits his delivery and watches it sail out of play. He gets a thumbs-up from his skipper regardless.

8 min: Hungary are giving the Germans plenty to think about in these early stages, in attack and defence. As Germany advance, Willi Orban puts a stop to Jamal Musiala’s gallop with a strong challenge a few yards outside the Hungary penalty area.

6 min: The ball goes out off Robert Andrich and Hungary win a corner. Dominik Szoboszlai swings the ball in towards the near post, where it’s only half-cleared. The ball breaks to Bendeguz Bola, whose shot is deflected wide for another corner. Jonathan Tah clears this inswinger with a meaty header.


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3 min: It was uncharacteristic error from Antonio Rudiger that led to that early chance for Hungary. Normally a rock in defence, he made an absolute dog’s breakfast of trying to clear a long ball aimed towards Barnabas Varga from deep.

1 min: Manuel Neuer needs to have his wits about him as he dashes off his line to get to a long ball down the middle inside the first 30 seconds. Roland Sallai had nipped in behind Kimmich and could have nabbed a very early goal if Neuer hadn’t got out to take the ball off his toe at the edge of the six-yard box.

Manuel Neuer is called into action straight from the off! Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

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Germany v Hungary is go …

1 min: Germany get the ball rolling, their players wearing – I’m going to say – mauve-veering-into-purple shirts, purple shorts and purple socks. The players of Hungary are in white shirts with green and red trim, white shorts and white socks.

Not long now: Dutch referee Danny Makkelie and his team of his match officials lead both sets of players out on to the pitch, with Ilkay Gundogan and Dominik Szoboszlai wearing the capptains’ armbands. They line up for the national anthems in a packed stadium, with both countries very well represented in the stands.

Good effort – Jurgen’s at the bar. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

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Hungary striker Barnabas Varga gets some shooting practice in ahead of kick-off Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Jamal Musiala (left) and Kai Havertz warm up ahead of kick-off. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP
Hungary fans get their chant on at the Stuttgart Arena. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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Marco Rossi: Defeat tonight will almost certainly result in Hungary’s elimination from these Euros but their Italian manager was far from optimistic about his team’s chances after witnessing their first-half performance against the Swiss.

“We play Germany in four days,” he said in the immediate aftermath of that defeat. “I dare anybody to bet one Hungarian forint on us. As of today that looks impossible. We had a tactical misunderstanding. We didn’t cope and have time to press them. The first half was very bad. We were too passive.”

Hungary coach Marco Rossi was extremely critical of his side’s performance in defeat against Switzerland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/UEFA/Getty Images

Julian Nagelsmann: A win today will guarantee Germany a spot in the knockout stages and their manager was effusive in his praise of midfielder Toni Kroos, who will retire from professional football at the end of his tournament, ahead of this evening’s game.

“He’s still one of the top three players in the world who can find players in between the lines of the opponents, and better positions, offensive positions to create chances and I think he will do it tomorrow as well,” he said.

“It’s not it’s not that easy to defend against him. I think Hungary will have a plan to defend against him a little bit more than the Scottish team. But Toni is clever enough and smart enough to find solutions and then he will have a big impact tomorrow as well.”

Toni Kroos leads his German teammates on a lap of the training ground. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Those teams: Germany field an unchanged side, while Hungary coach Marco Rossi has made two changes. Midfielder Bendeguez Bolla and centre-back Marlon Dardai come into the side, with Attila Szalai and Adam Lang making way. Callum Styles, who qualifies for Hungary through his mum’s side of the family and spent the second half of the season on loan at Sunderland from Barnsley, has to settle for a place on the bench.

Bendeguz Bolla comes into the Hungary side for today’s game.


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Germany v Hungary line-ups

Germany: Neuer, Kimmich, Rudiger, Tah, Mittelstadt, Andrich, Kroos, Musiala, Gundogan, Wirtz, Havertz.

Subs: Raum, Gross, Fullkrug, Fuhrich, Baumann, Muller, Beier, Schlotterbeck, Anton, Sane, Henrichs, ter Stegen, Koch, Can, Undav.

Hungary: Gulacsi, Fiola, Orban, Dardai, Bolla, Adam Nagy, Schafer, Kerkez, Sallai, Szoboszlai, Varga.

Subs: Lang, Balogh, Szalai, Nego, Adam, Dibusz, Kleinheisler, Gazdag, Styles, Zsolt Nagy, Botka, Szappanos, Csoboth, Horvath, Kata.

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)

Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann has a freshen-up. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

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Early team news

To a man, Germany’s players emerged unscathed from their opener against Scotland, with their skipper Ilkay Gundogan lucky to avoid injury on the back of awful studs-up challenge he suffered at the hands of Ryan Porteous.

Hungary right-back Loic Nego sat out his nation’s opening match against Switzerland and remains sidelined for this evening’s game. The Barnsley midfielder Callum Styles was also absent for his adopted nation’s opening game but is available for selection tonight. Hungary coach Marco Rossi will, however, have to plan for this game without Botond Balogh after the Parma centre-back sustained an ankle injury in training.

Hungary’s Bury-born midfielder Callum Styles is available for selection this evening after missing out on his side’s defeat at the hands of Switzerland with injury. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/UEFA/Getty Images

Callum Styles


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Group A: Germany v Hungary

The Stuttgart Arena is the venue for today’s match between Germany and Hungary. The hosts got off to a winning start in a game Scotland fans will be eager to forget, making short work of Steve Clarke’s side in an extremely one-sided tournament-opener in Munich.

Hungary got off to a far less auspicious start, going down 3-1 to Switzerland in Cologne. More dappled grey of Desert Orchid than dark horses in defeat at the hands of the Swiss, Hungary will need to seriously up their game if they are to take anything from the in-form Germans, having been second best in practically all departments in their opening game. Lose tonight and they’ll almost certainly be playing for nothing more than pride in their final game.

Kick-off in Stuttgart is at 5pm (BST) but we’ll have team news and build-up in the morning.


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