France opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Germany, hoping to emulate the French heroes of 1998 and 2000 by winning back-to-back major tournaments.
Hungary held firm against Portugal in front of a packed house in Budapest for 80 minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates were ultimately too strong, and the Hungarians were defeated 3-0.
Hungary will be hoping to pull off the tournament’s biggest upset, while a win for France would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages.
Hungary vs. France will begin at 2 p.m. BST on Saturday, June 19. The match will be broadcast on BBC One and available on the BBC iPlayer in the United Kingdom.
Inside Budapest’s Ferenc Puskas Stadium, the Hungarian players will have plenty of home support.
Hungary vs. France: Match Details
The date is Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Time: 9 a.m (ET)
Puskas Arena in Budapest is the venue.
Why should you watch this game?
This is what major tournament football is all about.
France looked imperious in their first game and are looking to book their place in the last 16 with what should be a routine victory against a Hungarian side missing key players due to injury.
Everything will have to come together for Hungary if they are to get a much-needed result in front of their own fans.
Is there any background?
Hungary has won eight, drawn three, and lost twelve previous meetings between the two teams, with the most recent meeting taking place in 2005. The last competitive match was in 1986, when France defeated Mexico 3-0.
France has won their last five games in a row, and Hungary will face an uphill battle to prevent it from becoming six in six.
Our prediction No one is betting on an upset here; everyone at The Athletic is betting on France to win.
The key question is whether France manager Didier Deschamps, who was a member of a France team that won the World Cup and Euros back-to-back as a player, is capable of repeating the feat as manager.