Deschamps and Pogba delighted with France’s opening win

Germany boss Joachim Loew says his team never gave up in Euro 2020 opener

France manager Didier Deschamps greets the fans after his team’s win against Germany at the Allianz Arena. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Getty Images

France manager Didier Deschamps greets the fans after his team’s win against Germany at the Allianz Arena. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Getty Images

 

France head coach Didier Deschamps felt his side looked comfortable as they began their Euro 2020 campaign with victory against Germany in Munich.

Mats Hummels’ own goal saw the reigning world champions seal a tight 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena.

The experienced defender could not adjust his feet quickly enough, turning a Lucas Hernandez cross past Manuel Neuer after 20 minutes of the Group F clash.

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside in the second half but it mattered little in the end as France took three points from their first game in a group that also includes Portugal and Hungary.

Speaking to M6, Deschamps said: “We played a great game against very good opponents. I knew my players would be ready and we were up for the fight.

“We weren’t far away from scoring the second goal that would have made us safe, but we didn’t suffer that much in the second half. It was a strong match with quality and talent.”

Paul Pogba was named man of the match. It was his delightful pass with the outside of his foot that stretched Germany’s defence as he found Hernandez with a ball over the top on the left, the full-back volleyed the ball back across goal and Hummels could only clumsily shin it past his own goalkeeper.

“The team performance is the most important thing,” said the Manchester United midfielder. “Without them, I wouldn’t have played as well. We all put the effort in.

“We’re focused on our jobs on the pitch. We know we need to live up to our tag as world champions and come out on to the pitch with humility. When we need to suffer, we do it together and when we attack, we do it together.”

With Portugal beating Hungary 3-0 in the group earlier in the day, defeat leaves Germany with an uphill battle to reach the knockout stages.

“It was a really intense match and we fought until the very end. I cannot blame my team for not trying — they gave everything they had,” said Germany boss Joachim Loew, speaking to ZDF.

“There were spells of the match when we were able to increase the pressure on them, but we didn’t create any clear-cut chances.”

Germany face Portugal next and Joshua Kimmich said: “We have the level to keep up with the top teams. France are a big favourite in this tournament, but in the next match we need to show that we are also among the contenders.

“We were not the worst team today. We dominated the match and conceded a stupid goal to fall behind. I think a draw would have been deserved.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.