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Antoine Griezmann Gives Embarrassing Excuse For France's Draw With Hungary

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Antoine Griezmann Gives Embarrassing Excuse For France's Draw With Hungary

Antoine Griezmann blamed the amount of fans inside the Ferenc Puskas Stadium for France's inability to beat Hungary on Saturday afternoon.

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France were brilliant in their opening Euro 2020 game against Germany earlier in the week and were expected to make it two wins from two on Saturday.

Although Hungary were at home, the World Cup champions were cleary favourites against the team expected to be Group F's whipping boys.

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It didn't work out like that though, as Attila Fiola gave the hosts a lead in first half injury time, before scaring the hell out of a pitch side reporter, as the 60,000 fans went wild.

Griezmann did earn a point for Didier Deschamps' side in the second half, which has to be considered a failure for the tournament favourites, before the Barcelona forward gave an awful excuse for his side's failure.

"We did not get along on the pitch, we had our habits with silence in the stands," the 30-year-old to beIN Sports after the game.

"We knew that it was going to be complicated."

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Hungary fans celebrate Fiola's opener. Image: PA Images
Hungary fans celebrate Fiola's opener. Image: PA Images

The former Atletico Madrid forward was suggesting that him and his fellow countrymen had 'forgotten' how to play in front of a full stadium.

None of the players will have seen that many fans inside the ground since March 2020, when football was cancelled due to Covid-19 and when it returned it was behind closed doors.

Fans were extremely interested to be able to hear players when games first returned without fans, before fake crowd noises drowned it out.

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Hungary is the only place at the Euros where there is a full stadium but there is plenty of noise being made elsewhere.

Griezmann's equaliser goes in. Image: PA Images
Griezmann's equaliser goes in. Image: PA Images

Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema all had chances in the first half for France but failed to hit the mark or were denied by Peter Gulacsi.

Fiola then kicked off incredible scenes inside the Puskas Stadium, after Benjamin Pavard's poor clearance allowed the hosts a chance.

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Ousmane Dembele hit the post just before the hour mark, just moments after coming on as a substitute, before Griezmann equalised.

Hugo Lloris went long to Mbappe and the PSG forward found his teammate in the box, who made it 1-1 and give France plenty of time to grab a winner.

However it wasn't to be the case as Hungary held on, having failed to do the same after staying strong for much of their opener against Portugal, before eventually losing 3-0.

Defending champions Portugal later lost 4-2 to Germany, in an incredible game, leaving the 'group of death' wide open before the final round of fixtures on Wednesday night.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann, France, La Liga

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