World champions France started their Euro 2020 campaign with a win over Germany thanks to Mats Hummels’ own goal in a high-quality heavyweight Group F match. Hummels was in international exile since 2018.
The world champion took the lead in the 20th minute when midfielder Paul Pogba’s superb raking pass was fired back across the goal by Lucas Hernandez and defender Hummels shanked the ball into his own net as he tried to clear.
Tournament favourites France were marginally the better of the two sides, but appeared to be in third gear for much of it.
France looked all set to double their lead early in the second half, only for Rabiot to hit the near post from close range after ignoring a simple pass to the waiting Griezmann.
Making his 100th start for Germany – the first goalkeeper in the nation’s history to do so – Manuel Neuer had to parry Mbappe’s strike as France purred.
Germany came into the finals with big questions over their best XI as well as their chances of success after an uncharacteristically turbulent few years, but proved typically competitive finals opponents.
France’s win means they and Portugal, who beat Hungary 3-0 in Budapest earlier on June 15, take the early initiative in a highly competitive Group F.