France 1-0 Germany: Hummels OG seals the win for Les Bleus

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France 1-0 Germany: Hummels OG seals the win for Les Bleus

A first half own-goal from Germany defender Mats Hummels secures all three points for France in their opening game in Group F.

Hummels 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 the world champions took a precious three precious points at the Allianz Arena.



Ahead of one of the most anticipated matches of the competition there was a bizarre incident just before the kick-off when a protestor parachuted into the stadium and almost crashed into supporters before landing heavily on the pitch and being led away by security.

With Portugal beating Hungary 3-0 earlier on in the other Group F game, it already leaves Germany with plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout stages.

France started much the more assured team and deservedly went ahead. Paul Pogba 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.

Germany grew into the game, with Thomas Muller and Serge Gnabry seeing half-chances flash wide, but France went into the interval a goal up.

The parachutist was not the only odd incident caught on camera as Antonio Rudiger appeared to bite Pogba on the shoulder blade late in the first half. The France midfielder complained to the referee but nothing was done about it.

Germany were much improved in the second half and put the France defence under pressure, with Gnabry wasting a presentable chance by firing over from a cross when unmarked.

Mbappe thought he had scored a brilliant second goal after twisting and turning down the left side of the penalty area to finish across Neuer and in off the far post, only for a delayed offside flag to deny him a tremendous goal.

For all of Germany’s pressure, Hugo Lloris was never really tested and France went closest to the next goal as Benzema’s tap-in was ruled out by VAR for another Mbappe offside.

Substitute Leroy Sane wastefully fired over the crossbar from a free-kick on the edge of the area as the hosts saw their last chance pass them by.

The result leaves Germany facing a huge game against Portugal on Saturday, while France will look to all-but seal their place in the last-16 with victory against Hungary in Budapest.

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Aston Villa ‘interested’ in Young return amid Burnley, Watford links

Aston Villa are interested in bringing Inter Milan star Ashley Young back to the club this summer, according to reports.

Young made 561 senior appearances combined for Watford, Aston Villa and Manchester United between 2013 and 2020.

The Englishman left Man United in January 2020 to join Italian giants Inter Milan.



Young made 25 appearances during his debut season for Milan in 2019/20. He then helped them win the Serie A title for the first time since 2009/10.

The 35-year-old looks set to leave Inter Milan this summer.

have now revealed that Aston Villa are interested in him:

The report reads: “The 35-year-old will be allowed to leave Inter Milan this summer and Villa have already asked about whether he would consider returning.

“Boss Dean Smith wants an experienced and versatile replacement for full-backs Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor who have both left the club this summer.

“Smith sees Young as an ideal option as he can play on both flanks and would bring with him a significant amount of experience.”

Elsewhere, Alan Hutton has suggested that if he impresses at the Euros:

“ just makes things happen. People talk about the amount of times he gets fouled around the box but that’s not just him.

“He offers everything, he can play in midfield, wide left, number 10. He’s a creator and he can score goals. If he goes away, starts and he has a good tournament, it’s going to be difficult to hold on to him.

“We know the likes of Man City are circling about him, talking £100million. That kind of money, it would be hard to try and hold onto him. He’s definitely been the main man for Villa, their talisman. He kept them up the other season.

“I think they would have done even better last season had he not been injured. It’s one of those things, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

“I hope he does stay because the way the squad’s looking at the moment and the additions that are possibly coming in, they can be a real force next season.”

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