France started the European Championship on Tuesday with an important victory over Germany in Munich.

The top favorite for the title beat the competitor in Group F deservedly 1-0.

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The winning goal was scored by defender Mats Hummels, who worked the ball into his own goal in the twentieth minute after a beautiful French attack.

With the victory over Germany, France already seems well on its way to the knockout phase of the European Championship.

The world champion still plays in the group against Hungary (Saturday) and Portugal (next Wednesday).

Earlier in the evening, the confrontation between Hungary and Portugal ended in 0-3 thanks to two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has two special records to his name.


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France domination leads to goal

After a somewhat awkward start, it was France that had a slight predominance in the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

After a few chances for Paul Pogba, that led to the opening goal after just over twenty minutes.

Pogba was also involved in this: the midfielder received the ball beautifully from Lucas Hernández, who gave a tight cross.

The declining Hummels unfortunately hit his own target.

Both top teams turned it into a fairly entertaining duel at a high pace, in which there were still chances before the break for the Germans Toni Kroos (free kick in the wall and over) and Ilkay Gündogan (shot wide).

Mats Hummels ran the ball into his own goal after a cross.

Mats Hummels ran the ball into his own goal after a cross.

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Two French goals disallowed

After the break, Germany continued the hunt for the equalizer, but the team of national coach Joachim Löw struggled to find a gap against the well-organized France.

The first big chance was for 'Les Bleus', where Adrien Rabiot hit the post in a promising position.

Germany answered through Serge Gnabry, whose volley sailed just over keeper Hugo Lloris' goal with a bounce.

Just under half an hour before the end, the dangerous Kylian Mbappé thought he would decide the game with a nice ball into the far corner, but the goal was rightly disallowed for offside.

In the final phase, the same applied to a goal by Karim Benzema;

he too cheered in vain.

The arbitral decisions kept Germany alive, but 'Die Mannschaft' was too impotent to force anything itself.

See also: View the schedule and group classification of the European Championship