It’s not often you start into a major tournament against a big team like Germany. In the 2018 World Cup, Germany was knocked out from the group. Also, group F is the “Group of Death” of Euro 2020.
Joachim Low’s side will face very tough competition and need to win those matches to progress from Group F. Their first two fixtures are against world champions France and Portugal.
Germany was dumped out in the group stages of the World Cup in 2018. Also, they will be determined to avoid another first-round exit.
But they come up against a side which has front three of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Karim Benzema. It promises to be a classic clash in Munich.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the match.
When is it?
The match will kick off at 12.30 am IST on Wednesday, 15 June.
What is the team news?
The major team news for France is that Didier Deschamps decided to pick the recently recalled Karim Benzema. He will get a chance ahead of World Cup winner Olivier Giroud. Most believe he will.
Also, Germany will welcome Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels back into the starting line-up. Also, we have to that if there is enough room for Chelsea pair Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Rabiot, Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappe.
Germany: Neuer, Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich, Gundogan, Kroos, Gosens, Havertz, Muller, Gnabry.
France will want to pick up where they left off at the World Cup. They want to become one of Europe’s most dominant forces. This Germany’s side does not come into the tournament with great expectations of many people. Very few people see them as potential winners. It’s a very rare position for the national team to be in. However, that lack of overwhelming pressure may allow them to play with an air of freedom. That can play a role to grab one point from their opening fixture. 1-1.