Euro 2020- HUN vs FRA LIVE: Top 5 players to watch out in Hungary vs France: France will be determined to book their place in the knockout rounds with victory in their Group F clash against Hungary on Saturday. The reigning world champions earned a hard-fought win over Germany in their opening game, further reinstating their credentials as one of the favourites in the tournament.
Euro 2020- HUN vs FRA LIVE: However, Didier Deschamps’ men will be aware of Hungary and their impeccable resilience in defence that hogged the limelight during the game against Portugal. Although Hungary were beaten 3-0 in the end, they made life difficult for Portugal until the final 10 minutes, before the game turned on its head.
Ahead of this encounter between Hungary and France at Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, we profile the top five players to watch out for during the game.
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Top 5 players to watch out for in HUN vs FRA:
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Key Player 1
Paul Pogba (France)
Quite simply the best player on the pitch in the last game. Pogba was at his menacing best against Germany and produced a breath-taking display in midfield.
From lobbing passes over the top with laser-like precision to slowing down play whenever required, the Frenchman showed his true capabilities.
The midfielder has had the best possible start to the Euros and another commanding display could further boost his confidence and subsequently bring out even more from him.
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Key Player 2
Peter Gulacsi (Hungary)
It almost felt like there would be no way past Gulacsi for Portugal and Ronaldo in the opening game. Egged on by the capacity crowd in Budapest, Hungary and Gulacsi dared to dream.
Even though their wings were eventually clipped as Portugal netted three goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation time, Gulacsi can be proud of his display.
The RB Leipzig custodian made a number of commendable saves throughout the game and was simply Hungary’s best player, irrespective of the result. Against a world-class attacking unit like France, Gulacsi will have to be at the peak of his powers to keep Hungary alive in the tournament.
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Key Player 3
Lucas Hernandez (France)
If there were any questions regarding his output in attack, Hernandez quashed it during the win over Germany. The left-back tormented Joshua Kimmich in both facets of the game and stood out as one of the best performers.
Considering how Hungary defend deep and in numbers, the onus will be on Hernandez to try and push forward in a bid to break down the opposition. Hernandez has proved he can make an impact in attack and could yet again stand out in this star-studded France team.
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Key Player 4
Willi Orban (Hungary)
The 28-year-old almost kept Portugal in check during the last outing. Orban was excellent until the moment when he conceded a penalty for his foul on Rafa Silva in the 87th minute.
There is no denying his steel and tenacity at the back and Orban will be looking at the game against France as an opportunity for redemption.
Owing to the amount of exceptional attacking quality he is set to come up against, Orban will have to stay focused throughout, if he wants to redeem himself in front of his home crowd.
Euro 2020, Hungary vs France: Key Player 5
N’Golo Kante (France)
From playing style to demeanour, Kante and Pogba are like chalk and cheese. However, the midfielders probably complement each other like nobody else in world football.
It was pretty evident during France’s world cup win in 2018 and history repeated in the win over Germany as well.
Kante is arguably in the form of his life after playing an integral role in helping Chelsea win the Champions League. If he can now follow it up with glory at the Euros, the Ballon d’Or might be next to knock at his doors.
Euro 2020 Hungary vs France live: As world champion France play Hungary, keep eye on these 5 players