EURO 2020: France needed an Antoine Griezmann equalizer in the second half to avoid the biggest upheaval of the tournament. Hungary, who were once again playing in front of a boisterous crowd at the European Championship, held the world champions to a 1-1 draw on Saturday in Budapest.
Griezmann scored in the 66th minute to calm crowd morale, which gave Hungary unwavering support throughout the Group F game. Budapest’s 67,215-seat Puskas Arena is the only Euro 2020 stadium to host full crowds. They broke loose when Attila Fiola gave the home side the lead.
Hanging on to the ball after Roland Sallai won a header down the left flank, Fiola burst into the penalty area and held back defender Raphael Varane before slicing the ball into the bottom corner. Flares were ignited and Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had to remove discarded paper from the stands that landed in his penalty area.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both missed good chances ahead of the Hungarian goal. Considering the quality of their opponents, Hungary’s draw was more like a win and Gulacsi pumped his fists as the crowd gave the players a massive ovation.
• Germany finally moved up a gear at the European Championship, with the help of defending champions Portugal.
The Portuguese became the first team to score two own goals in one game at the continental tournament, giving Germany a 4-2 victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal in the lead in the 15th minute against the run of the game. It was his first goal against Germany and his third at Euro 2020. It also brought his all-time tournament record to 12 goals.
But defenders Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro quickly gave Germany the lead by scoring in their own nets in the first half.
Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens went on to score two more for Germany early in the second half, becoming the team’s first players to score in a European Championship.
QUEENS CLUB: Seeded Matteo Berrettini has already beaten two British opponents this week, and he will face another in the Queen’s Club final after he and Cameron Norrie qualified in straight sets on Saturday.
Ninth-ranked Berrettini defeated 22nd-placed Alex de Minaur of Australia, 6-4, 6-4 and the Italian is yet to lose a set after knocking out British players Andy Murray and Dan Evans. Norrie reached the final by defeating second seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 6-3.
Shapovalov advanced to the semi-finals by beating American Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 earlier on Saturday after their game was suspended Friday night for poor light after the first set.
Berrettini has played 30 straight service games without being broken.
BIRMINGHAM: Second-seeded Ons Jabeur doubled down to reach the Birmingham turf final, scoring two wins after a washout the day before. The Tunisian eliminated home favorite Heather Watson, who earlier today became the first Briton since 1992 to reach the semi-finals in Birmingham.
Jabeur beat Watson 6-3, 6-3 hours after knocking out Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-4, 6-0.
In the final, second-seeded Jabeur will face fourth-seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
Kasatkina defeated Czech qualifier Thereza Martincova in a straight-set quarter-final and beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-final.
OPENING OF THE ROOM: Andrey Rublev has reached his first turf final and will face Ugo Humbert.
Rublev needed four match points to wrap up their 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili in the semi-final where both players scored less than half of their first serves.
Humbert reached his third career final, beating Félix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5).
BERLIN OPEN: Belinda Bencic will aim to win her first title since 2019 when she takes on qualifier and first runner-up Liudmila Samsonova.
Bencic won their semi-final against Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-4 after converting their four break points and saving eight of 10 on their own serve. Samsonova managed a major upheaval by knocking out two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2.
FORMULA ONE: Championship leader Max Verstappen won his second pole of the season and placed his Red Bull ahead of rival Mercedes Lewis Hamilton for the start of the French Grand Prix. Verstappen clocked 1 minute 29.990 seconds around the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France to grab first place before Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line at the end of the qualifying session of Saturday.
Bottas jumped to second place when he crossed the line, but Hamilton finished his lap just behind Bottas and took his teammate down by one point. Sergio Perez finished fourth for Red Bull as the top four qualifiers all raced to the back of the field before completing their final pitched laps at the end of the session.
Carlos Sainz finished fifth for Ferrari, followed by Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri and Charles Leclerc seventh for Ferrari. McLaren teammates Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were eighth and 10th respectively, separated by Fernando Alonso ninth for Alpine.
BRITISH OPENING FANS: The British Open will admit up to 32,000 fans each day for next month’s tournament at Royal St. George’s, the R&A announced on Saturday. The figure was announced after the R&A confirmed that the Open would be included in the government’s plan to allow certain events, like the Wimbledon tennis tournament, to take place with higher capacities than allowed by the coronavirus rules.
“As a result, we can now confirm that we will be able to accommodate up to 32,000 fans on each championship day of the 149th Open at the Royal St. George’s and that this will include existing ticket holders and hotel guests. who have already bought tickets, ”the R&A said in a statement.
The oldest golf championship is scheduled for July 15-18. It was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The capacity is usually around 40,000 per day at Royal St. George’s.
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