Les Bleus

Mbappé & co eyeing qualification in Budapest

Publish on 19/06/2021 at 09:00


Following their 1-0 opening-round win over Germany PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé and his France teammates can book a place in Euro 2020's knockout rounds with a win over Hungary - in front of more than 60,000 fans - in Budapest on Saturday afternoon.

UEFA Euro 2020, Group F, Matchday 2

Ferenc Puskas Stadium, Budapest

Hungary - France

- Kick-off at 13:00 GMT

After an intense, hard-fought 1-0 win over Germany in their opening match in Euro 2020's group of death, France are now in a position to lock down a place in the knockout rounds as they head into their Matchday 2 clash against Hungary.

If France can draw or better, with Germany failing to beat Portugal in the group's other Saturday clash, Les Bleus will be assured of a first- or second-placed finish and a spot in the round of 16.

With that prize up for grabs, France boss Didier Deschamps is tipped to make few or no changes to the XI that started against Germany, with notably the trio of Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé to bring the cutting edge against Hungary's three-man back-line.

Deschamps: 'A chance to qualify'

"We have a chance to qualify after this second game and that's our main objective," said Deschamps, who acknowledged that having tens of thousands of Hungary fans in the stadium will be an advantage for the home team. "I'm going to do everything I can to ensure that the result is positive. Step by step. I'm not preparing for this match thinking about the third. It could be the same team or it could be a few changes."

A positive result on Saturday would leave France in a strong position - and in a positive frame of mind - ahead of their Matchday 3 clash with the powerful-looking Portugal side of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Hungary have the historical advantage over France, with 12 wins to eight (two draws), although their last victory against Les Bleus does date back to 1976...

Probable teams

Gulacsi; Kecskés, Orban, At. Szalai; Botka, Kleinheister, Nagy, Varga, Holender; Ad. Szalai (c), Sallai

France: Lloris (c); Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot; Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappé