The Warmdown: Hungary hold the French in a sea of Budapestian red
Attila Fiola of Hungary (obscured) celebrates with the fans after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match between Hungary and France at Puskas Arena on June 19, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh - Pool/Getty Images)

Roughly 66,000 fans flocked to the Puskás Arena in Budapest to watch hosts Hungary record a historic result against World Cup holders France. 

Although seeming meaningless in the build up to the match, history was not on the visitors' side; the French had lost six of their last eight visits to Budapest.

The venue is the only stadium of the tournament whom's native government allows for full capacity crowds. Nonetheless the relentless cheering, singing and even flare using Hungarians made for a red hot atmosphere that stifled Didier Deschamps' world-beating French side. 

Attila Fiola scored the opener for the hosts, slotting the ball clinically past Les Bleus captain Hugo Lloris after being cleverly spotted by forward Roland Sallai.

It was the first goal that favourites France had conceded in 534 minutes of football, the most recent inflicted via Group C's Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier back in March. 

  • Constant Hungarian pressure

The eleven playing in blue will be having possession based nightmares as their creative flair was muffled by an eager Hungarian set of midfielders.

Lázló Kleinheisler, who plays his club football in Croatia for NK Osijek, was named man of the match after a tremendous and disciplined showing. Comically, it was revealed that his countrymen on and off the pitch hail him "The Hungarian Scholes." 

The Centre Midfielder led the five in the midfield to grasp a point, robbing France of the ball whenever they attempted to create chances and string together spells of possession around the centre circle. 

Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante, who both impressed in their sides' 1-0 victory over Germany last week, were unable to really get going or become comfortable on the ball. 

  • French disappointingly under-par

Not only did the home team struggle to find possession amidst the scrappy pitch antics, they also missed a handful of opportunities that could've seen them run away with the game long before the half time whistle blew. 

Unsurprisingly starlet Kylian Mbappe showcased his brilliance in the match, putting the ball on a plate for fellow forward Karim Benzema on the half hour mark. The Real Madrid Striker could only fluff the shot wide however.

Mbappe also headed narrowly wide following a delicious cross by Everton Full Back Lucas Digne, who came into the starting eleven for Lucas Hernandez.

Les Bleus' defence was also lacking the required alertness for a European matchup. Not only did they concede for the first time in months, but the French Full Backs defended far too wide for their coach's liking.

Deschamps was seen to proclaim in French to his assistant manager something along the lines of "Pavard is the pain in my back." However the utterance in its actuality is far more vulgar.