The Latest: Hungary has huge backing for France game

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:

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The only stadium to allow full crowds at this year’s European Championship is packed and ready to go again.

The 67,215-capacity Puskas Arena in Budapest is expected to provide another raucous atmosphere when Hungary faces World Cup champion France.

Many waved the green-white-and-red national flag while some were clad in black T-shirts. Others stood bare-chested behind one of the goals in bright afternoon sunshine.

UEFA says there are about 5,700 French fans present for the match.

France can advance to the round of 16 with a victory.

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Christian Eriksen’s Denmark teammates say his visit came as a big surprise and that he gave them all a hug before having lunch with the team.

Eriksen was discharged from a Copenhagen hospital on Friday and immediately went to see his teammates at their Euro 2020 base camp outside the capital.

Midfielder Christian Norgaard says they didn’t know he was coming “so we stopped the training session when he arrived.”

He says Eriksen was accompanied by his partner and his 3-year-old son. Norgaard says the visit “gave a good energy” to the team and that “it’s what we needed.”

The 29-year-old Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland last Saturday and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

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Cristiano Ronaldo can add to his record total of goals at European Championships when Portugal plays Germany in Munich.

Ronaldo scored two goals in his team’s opening victory at Euro 2020. That gave him 11 goals over his five tournaments.

World Cup champion France will play Hungary in Budapest in the early game. Spain will take on Poland in the late match in Seville.

Portugal and France can both advance to the round of 16 with victories.

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