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Sports : Paul Pogba masterclass, Hungary behind for six minutes in Group of Death, Bruno Fernandes got away with one, Germany’s statement of pride… Things you might’ve missed on chaotic night at Euro 2020

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So much happened at Euro 2020 on Wednesday night, it’s difficult to know where to start.

There were the obvious headlines: Germany scraping through to face England at the expense of Hungary and Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the joint-highest international goalscorer in history during that fantastic draw between Portugal and France.

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This guy was the talk of the town once more

That’s where we ended up after a roller-coaster 90 minutes in both 2-2 draws, with Germany and Portugal both facing the prospect of a shock exit at various points in the night.

With so much going on, it was easy to miss things – apparently Renato Sanches had a stormer?

On any other night, these stories would’ve been huge…

There was so much more to both games than deciding England’s next opponents

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There was so much more to both games than deciding England’s next opponents

Paul Pogba’s masterclass

Despite all the talk about Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who netted both goals for their sides, Pogba was the best player on the pitch last night.

Manchester United fans will be left questioning why the Frenchman seems to perform at a different level for his country – and the answer is probably N’Golo Kante next to him.

Nevertheless, Pogba delivered yet another midfield masterclass at Euro 2020 and could be on course to win Player of the Tournament at this rate.

Has anyone played better than Pogba at Euro 2020?

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Has anyone played better than Pogba at Euro 2020?

It was his perfectly-timed, defence-splitting pass which allowed Benzema to put France ahead – and Kylian Mbappe ought to have scored from a similarly brilliant ball earlier in the match.

Of course, it was the United midfielder’s outside-of-the-foot pass which created the only goal in France’s victory over Germany – and his general play has been a joy to watch.

Pogba so nearly got the beautiful goal his display deserved but for a stunning save from Rui Patricio.

Pogba outshone Ronaldo despite the Portugal icon’s two penalties

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Pogba outshone Ronaldo despite the Portugal icon’s two penalties

Hungary behind for least time in Group of Death

For a while there, it looked like Hungary might be England’s next opponents in the last-16.

That seemed to spark a wild optimism on these shores, which didn’t quite respect just how good the Hungarians were.

A last-place finish is what many expected in a group with France, Portugal and Germany – but it’s not what they deserved.

Incredibly, Hungary were behind for just six minutes in the tournament.

Hungary were ten minutes away from qualifying

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Hungary were ten minutes away from qualifying

Having eventually been breached by Portugal in the 84th minute of their opener, they were never losing at any point against France or Germany.

Comparatively, France were behind for 33 minutes of the group, Portugal for 64 and Germany for a whopping 161 – almost three hours.

Perhaps England’s draw isn’t so bad after all.

In another wild statistic, Benzema scored with the clock at 46 minutes and 44 seconds for both of his goals last night, one in the first-half and the other in the second.

Hungary leave the tournament with their heads held high

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Hungary leave the tournament with their heads held high

Bruno Fernandes is a lucky boy

There were penalties everywhere in the draw between Portugal and France, but the clearest one of the night wasn’t given.

We brought you Stuart Pearce’s verdict on the Hugo Lloris punch, which would’ve looked more at home in the UFC.

Not everybody felt quite so strongly that the Tottenham goalkeeper did much wrong – and then Mbappe won a very soft spot-kick for simply running shoulder-to-shoulder with Nelson Semedo.

It was a match dominated by controversial decisions

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It was a match dominated by controversial decisions

Jules Kounde was then penalised for a handball from point-blank range for another debatable penalty – but Fernandes somehow escaped.

After being dropped for the match, the Manchester United star nearly capped off a bad night by fouling Kingsley Coman in the box in the dying moments.

Replays show the Portugal midfielder tugging the France winger back before standing on the back of Coman’s leg as he enters the penalty area.

It was stonewall, especially given what had gone before, but neither the on-field referee nor VAR agreed.

Fernandes was a lucky boy…

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Fernandes was a lucky boy…

Germany and Hungary play out another battle…

It wasn’t just about football in that one.

The match was preceded by UEFA declining a request to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours to show support for the LGBTQI + community.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter made the plea in response to Hungary’s parliament banning gay people from appearing in school educational materials or programmes for under-18s.

Germany sent a message to UEFA and Hungary on Wednesday night

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Germany sent a message to UEFA and Hungary on Wednesday night

Fans showed their support for the cause

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Fans showed their support for the cause

However, the Germans found a way to get their message across.

After fans arrived draped in rainbows and various buildings across the country were lit up in those colours, a pitch invader brandishing a Pride flag disrupted the Hungary national anthem before the clash.

And then Leon Goretska celebrated his equaliser with a heart symbol in front of the Hungarian fans.

After the game, he tweeted a rainbow flag along with the message: “Spread the love. Yes!!!!!”

This turned out to be one of the lasting images from the night

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This turned out to be one of the lasting images from the night





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