September 27, 2022
Hungary 1-1 Germany: Hoffman strike earns visitors a point

Hungary had stunned Germany with an early goal when these teams met at UEFA EURO 2020, and the hosts needed only six minutes to go ahead in Budapest, Nagy rifling ruthlessly beyond Manuel Neuer after the goalkeeper had beaten Roland Sallai’s header into his path.

An open, attacking start from both sides invited ambition in the middle of the pitch. When Nico Schlotterbeck’s perceptive pass found Hofmann inside the penalty area, the Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder beat the advancing Péter Gulácsi to the delivery, poked the ball past the goalkeeper and calmly slotted in to ensure Germany’s deficit was wiped out within four minutes.

Neuer produced an improvised save to thwart adventurous full-back Attila Fiola’s strike shortly before the break, but the second half offered far less action in either penalty area. Hofmann could not locate Timo Werner with the Hungary goal gaping, and substitute Martin Ádám directed a close-range header in to Neuer’s arms.

Germany’s No1 was forced to tip Dániel Gazdag’s drive from distance over his crossbar in the closing stages and ensure the visitors’ dominance in possession was rewarded with a point. Hungary remain second in the section, a point above Die Mannschaft and one behind leaders Italy.

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