Leon Goretzka’s late goal was enough for Germany to draw 2-2 with Hungary and secure second place in Group F, leading to a last-16 clash with England.
Germany had hoped to follow up their 4-2 win over Portugal, on Saturday, with a comfortable victory over underdog Hungary in Group F, but made the worst possible start when Adam Salai (11) shook his head.
The hosts were struggling with their play, but got a lifeline as Mats Hummels and Kai Havertz took advantage of a foul from goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, allowing the Chelsea striker (66) to head in from close range.
But just 91 seconds into the second half, Hungary regained their valuable lead. Adam Szalay set up Andras Schafer (68) to pass Manuel Neuer, sending Germany to the bottom of Group F and on the verge of a second successive exit in the group stages of a major tournament.
There was more drama, as Goretzka netted in the 84th minute to lead Germany to second place, and set up a thrilling round of 16 match with old opponents England at Wembley on Tuesday.
It was a sadness for Hungary, which was minutes away from reaching the knockout rounds of the second European Championship. And he repeated his 3-3 draw with Portugal at Euro 2016 as well, as they tied three times during an exciting confrontation. However, in a tough group, they could exit Euro 202 with their heads held high.
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Germany will now travel to London on Tuesday to face England in the Round of 16. Match starts at 5 pm. Hungary will play next September in the World Cup qualifiers, which will face Albania on Sunday 5 September.