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France beat Germany 1-0 in Euros opener

World champions France began their Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 win over Germany thanks to a Mats Hummels’ own goal Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels – recalled for this tournament after being told by coach Joachim Low in 2019 that his international career was over – diverted Lucas Hernandez’s cross into his own net in the first half of a fascinating contest in Munich.

Karim Benzema, on his return to the national side, had goals ruled out for offside and Adrian Rabiot hit the outside of the post after slick buildup with France the marginally better side despite not hitting top gear.

Thomas Muller – another player recalled after being dropped by Low – headed wide, with Ilkay Gundogan slicing an effort past the post from a good position in the box and Serge Gnabry seeing a shot deflected on to the roof of the net.

France’s win means they join Portugal, who beat Hungary 3-0 in Budapest earlier, on top of Group F as the tournament gathers steam.

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