The first half of France’s Euro 2020 Group F opener against Germany in Munich was closed out with a bizarre moment involving Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba as the former was accused of biting the latter in the back.
TV replays showed Rudiger putting his head between the shoulders of Pogba, who produced a delicious pass in the lead up to Mats Hummels’ own goal to put France in front, but it was inconclusive if he had actually bitten him.
Pogba reacted immediately and explained his side of the story to referee Carlos del Cerro Grande but no action was taken against the recent Champions League winner.
ITV’s in studio pundits were undecided when analysing the footage at half time.
Roy Keane, the former United star who has often been critical of Pogba’s performances for the club, said: “I don’t know about a bite, a nibble maybe.”
Three of the six Chelsea players involved with both teams started the game – N’Golo Kante for France, Rudiger and Kai Havertz for Germany.
Les Bleus had Olivier Giroud and Kurt Zouma on the substitutes’ bench, with Timo Werner in reserve for Germany.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris skippered the 2018 World Cup winners, with 19 of the 22 players who started the game winning either the Jules Rimet Trophy or Champions League.
Two of the other three, Ilkay Gundogan and Adrien Rabiot, have lost in European club finals and are into double figures each in terms of domestic honours.
The importance of a result for both teams increased following Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary earlier in the evening.