Germany managed to reach the knockout stage of the European Championship with a 2-2 draw with Hungary in Munich.
Twice, coach Joachim Loew’s side had to return against a racy Hungarian side, with Kai Havertz and then Leon Goretzka disallowing Adam Szalay and Roland Sally’s goals.
For all the twists and turns of the group, it was the big defenders who really passed, with France and Portugal tying 2-2 to take the lead as well.
Germany always had plenty of ball possession against Hungary, and although they conceded two goals, Hummels’ quiet presence was sorely needed in defense at the end. In this round of matches in the group stage, only Italian Marco Verratti had more ball touches than Hummels, who had 135. The Borussia Dortmund champions also finished 111 passes out of 117 attempts and won 9/10 outstanding duels.
Hungary captain Szalay was excellent that night and put on a real show as captain, following his previous appearance on the set. With just 11 minutes on the clock, he climbed over the German defense to send a towering header into the bottom corner to give his team the lead. Moments later Germany equalized, he then showed a masterful touch to get Roland Sly to header past Manuel Neuer to make it 2-1 Hungary. He fought hard in the lead and although he didn’t get much change from the Germans, he contributed to two goals and pressed them hard.
The experience of playing with Serge Gnabry as a central striker doesn’t really work for Germany because he wasn’t effective again this evening. In 68 minutes of football he completed only 12 passes before he got hooked. Gnabry completed three dribbles, but did not complete a cross and did not shoot on target