France vs Hungary, the world champions France got off to a fast start in Munich, winning 1-0 against Germany in a game that should have been more impressive, and with a second win, they’d be through with a game to spare. Meanwhile, Hungary appeared to be keeping reigning champions Portugal at bay in Budapest before succumbing to three late goals, In a group where the cliche, no good wins in international football is massively overblown, this might pose problems.
Hungary is coming off a Matchday 1 loss to Portugal in which they conceded three late goals. That score seemed unjust to a Hungary team that had resisted a lot of pressure before gaining control of the game in the second half. There are many positives to build on, but as coach Marco Rossi points out, they must execute their game plan for the entire 90 minutes, not just the first 84 in the match France vs Hungary.
Despite going up against an injured beast in Hungary in front of a packed crowd in Budapest, France will be sure of securing qualifying. Les Bleus are set to maintain a sixth consecutive clean sheet in international football if they can replicate the unity they showed in defeating Germany. I’m backing Karim Benzema to score his first international goal since October 2015, after having a shot called out for offside against Germany.
It’s a huge motivator for us; we’re speaking about the world champions, the strong favorites, who have a player, Mbappé, who is absolutely out of this world, says Hungary coach Marco Rossi. We’re up against an almost insurmountable task, but we’re going to give it our all.
France coach Didier Deschamps: They’re a feisty, hardworking, and well-organized team. I believe the fact that they have an Italian coach explains a lot! They’re at home, and I anticipate them to give it everything they’ve got as they did against Portugal. We’ll be qualifying after two matches if we win again. That is our first goal.
Hungary goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz: We’re excited to see what game France will play against us. When we look at their players, it’s apparent that the French are perhaps the best national team in the world; they’re world champions and reached the final of EURO 2016.
France defender Raphael Varane: It’ll be a tough game to play in the heat of the day in front of a packed crowd. Our opponents will be battling it out to stay in the game. They’re a very different proposition than Germany, but they’re also incredibly dangerous and determined, so we’ll have to be effective, exploit their flaws, and maintain our defense form.