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France 1-0 Germany: Hummels own goal decides Euros Group F opener

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside after the break, but it mattered little in the end as world champions France took three precious points at the Allianz Arena.

With Portugal beating Hungary 3-0 earlier on in the other Group F game, that leaves the French and Portuguese sitting pretty in the ‘group of death’ as the Hungarians and Germans now face a tough task to qualify for the knockout stages.

In one of the most eagerly anticipated group games of the tournament, there were surreal scenes before kick-off as a Greenpeace protestor parachuted into the stadium moments before the match was due to start.

The protestor glided into the stadium and seemed to lose control after connecting with wires attached to the roof for TV cameras, struggling to avoid crashing into spectators but managing to land on the the field, where Germany players Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens were the first to approach him.

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He was then led away by security stewards and given medical attention on the side of the field. The parachute had the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace” written on it.

Following that distraction, attentions turned back towards the game – and France enjoyed the better of the ball in the opening stages.

In his final tournament as Germany manager, Joachim Low deployed his side in a 3-4-3 – though France looked more comfortable in a 4-3-3.

Paul Pogba stretched Germany’s back line 20 minutes in as he found Hernandez with a ball over the top on the left; the full-back volleyed back across goal, and Hummels could only clumsily turn the ball past Manuel Neuer.


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