Hungary needs perfect defensive strategy to beat Germany, says coach

Acknowledging that Hungary are clear underdogs, Gulacsi said they had to approach this match like the previous ones against Portugal and France.

Hungary custodian Peter Gulacsi admitted that the game against Germany was going to be an exceptional one for him.   -  AP

Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi will face his idol when his team plays Germany in its last match in Euro 2020 Group F at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena.

Gulacsi, who plays for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, said Neuer had been the best keeper of the past decade.

"This is an exceptional game for me," Gulacsi told a news conference on Tuesday. "I know most of the German squad, I have played with some of them and against many of them."

Acknowledging that Hungary are clear underdogs, Gulacsi said they had to approach this match like the previous ones against defending European champions Portugal and world champions France - as a defensive-minded and cohesive unit.

Gulacsi has been the lynchpin of that defence.

Hungary held off Portugal until a meltdown in the closing stages led to a 3-0 defeat but they regrouped to force a 1-1 draw with France.

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Coach Marco Rossi acknowledged Hungary would need to play even better on Wednesday.

"To win here in Munich we need to make even more progress. It won't be easy but we'll give it a good go," he said.

"If we go gung-ho against Germany we'll concede six," he said, adding that Hungary was "up against a tank. Panzers... plus skill and tactics. One of the best teams in the world".

Rossi remained optimistic, however.

"We believe, and we are right to believe, that we can do this... Our players deserve credit for keeping qualification alive. We must give it a go. Some good luck, if the Germans have an off day, we may just come away with three points."

Hungary needs a win to advance. Germany, with three points, could progress with a draw, especially if France, on four points, beat Portugal, on three, in Budapest.

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