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Gary Lineker famously quipped that football is a game in which 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, in the end, the Germans win.
Now Gareth Southgate's England have the chance to disprove that wisecrack at Wembley on Tuesday, when they take on their historic old rivals for a place in the last 16.
On a night of unremitting drama, with the scorelines changing in both Group F deciders, England faced all four teams at one stage, with Germany their eventual opponents.
With Joachim Low's side trailing Hungary 2-1 and heading out of Euro 2020, substitute Leon Goretzka equalised six minutes from time, to haul Germany back from the brink.
For Southgate, Tuesday's game affords him the chance to make amends for 25 years of hurt, following his agonising penalty shoot-out miss against Germany in the semi-finals at Euro 96.
Leon Goretzka celebrates scoring Germany's second goal
Southgate's spot-kick miss ultimately cost Terry Venables' England a place in the final and allowed Germany to go on and win the tournament for the third time in their history.
There will be much talk about that miss and Southgate's personal quest for redemption between now and Tuesday, but for England's players, the focus must be on overcoming a formidable opponent.
Germany may only have won once in three group games, but they showed in their 4-2 demolition of Portugal they can destroy teams when they are in the mood and their players are in full flow.
If England can get past Germany, they face a potentially easier route to the final, with European heavyweights France, Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Spain all in the other side of the draw.
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Pitch invader with rainbow flag tackled by stewards ahead of Germany vs Hungary clash
For Hungary, it was a desperate way to go out. Marco Rossi's determined side needed a win to go through and, leading twice on the night, were shaping up to be England's last 16 opponents.
But Rossi's disciplined and spirited players were ultimately unable to hold out for the win that would have seen them through at Germany's expense and is they who head home.
Hungary took the lead in the 11th minute, Matthias Ginter giving the ball away with a sloppy pass, enabling Rossi's side to hit Germany on the break.
Chelsea's Kai Havertz scored to help Germany secure second spot
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The slick move ended with skipper Adam Szalai getting between Germany's centre-backs to send a diving header beyond Manuel Neuer.
As the conditions worsened and the relentless rain drove across the Allianz Arena, Hungary grew in confidence, while Germany's belief seemed to ebb away with every failed attack.
Kai Havertz, who scored Chelsea's winner in the Champions League final, levelled for Germany in the 66th minute.
Hungary keeper Peter Gulacsi came for the ball and missed it, allowing Mats Hummels to head it goalwards and Havertz to nudge it over the line.
Yet Hungary were back in front within a minute, Andras Schafer showing great desire to latch on to a through ball from skipper Szalai and head it beyond Neuer.
But Goretzka equalised to set up the most eagerly-awaited encounter of Euro 2020 – and a chance for England and Southgate to exact revenge a quarter of century on