France were forced to wait to secure qualification for the Euro 2020 knockout stages after being held by a resilient Hungary in a ferocious 1-1 draw in front of a capacity crowd at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Meeting in scorching sunshine in front of more than 60,000 fans, Hungary stunned the world champions by taking a shock lead through Attila Fiola when he burst clear to finish calmly beyond Hugo Lloris in first-half injury time.
France were rocked heading into the break but recovered their senses to equalize through Antoine Griezmann in the 66th minute following some route-one football from goalkeeper Lloris and clever hold-up play by Kylian Mbappe.
France pressed strongly in the closing stages but failed to get the breakthrough as a raucous crowd in Budapest celebrated as if their team had won.
The result puts Didier Deschamps men top of Group F on four points from two games heading into their final group match against Portugal at the same venue on Wednesday.
A dogged performance from Hungary earned them a first point of the competition following the disappointment of their opening game defeat to Portugal.
The Hungarians retain slim hopes of getting out of the tournament’s ‘Group of Death’ as they head to Munich to meet Germany in their closing group-stage game on Wednesday.
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