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Jun 152016
 

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Austria 0-2 Hungary highlights

Hungary produced a Euro 2016 shock with a win over 10-man Austria as both teams opened their campaigns in France.

Austria almost scored the quickest ever goal at the Euros but David Alaba’s shot after 28 seconds hit the post.

Hungary contained their rivals and took the lead when Adam Szalai slotted in Laszlo Kleinheiser’s pass.

A disappointing Austria had Aleksandar Dragovic sent off for a second bookable offence before Zoltan Steiber sealed Hungary’s win with a composed dink.

Memorable win for Magyars

Hungary were back at a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup and triumphed by virtue of superior work-rate, organisation and quality.

They might not have had as many household names as their rivals but they had more of a team ethic and were rewarded when Szalai – having been involved in the build-up twice – put them in front. In the closing moments Steiber coolly lifted the ball over the keeper to seal the win.

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Adam Szalai goal sparks wild Hungary celebrations

It was also a memorable day for Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly, 40, who overtook Lothar Matthaus’ record to become the oldest player to appear at a European Championship finals.

He defied his years when he dived low to his left to save Junuzovic’s deflected shot but, overall, he had little to do.

Former West Brom and Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera, 37, was an influential presence for Hungary in midfield as he made the most tackles of any player on the way to a famous win for his country.

Austria buckle under pressure

Austria (left) had more touches in the opposition area than Hungary

Austria had high hopes at Euro 2016 after they won nine out of 10 matches in an unbeaten qualifying campaign.

However, Alaba’s early effort aside, they struggled to live up to the expectation as key forwards Zlatko Junuzovic, Marko Arnautovic and Marc Janko were comfortably marshalled by the Hungary defence.

Arnautovic did produce one lovely flick in a one-two that opened up the Hungarian defence but, after receiving the ball at the far post, Martin Harnik mishit his effort at goal.

Junuzovic, who had 10 assists in the Bundesliga as he helped Werder Bremen avoid relegation last season, went off with an ankle injury and Austria manager Marcel Koller will be concerned by the seriousness of that as well as the lack of cohesion and quality from his side.

Man of the match – Zoltan Gera

Gera made the most passes (55) for his side and also led for clearances (three) and interceptions (three)

What they said:

Austria coach Marcel Koller: “I think we started well. Essentially I think we were too nervous in the first half and lost the ball too often unnecessarily. We gave Hungary the chance to have possession too often.”

Hungary boss Bernd Storck: “We knew what to expect from Austria and we knew what their strengths were. We took their important players out of the game which was key, and that was vital to our success.”

The stats you need to know

  • Szalai’s goal was his first for club or country since December 2014, when he netted for Hoffenheim against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
  • It was also Szalai’s first goal in 41 matches.
  • Austria have gone 13 games without a clean sheet at a major tournament, last keeping one against Algeria at the 1982 World Cup.

What next?

Hungary’s next game is in Marseille where they take on Iceland at 17:00 BST on Saturday, 18 June, while Austria are in Paris to take on Portugal at 20:00 BST on the same day.

Live Text

Match ends, Austria 0, Hungary 2.

Second Half ends, Austria 0, Hungary 2.

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Austria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Alaba.

Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tamas Kadar (Hungary).

Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tamas Priskin (Hungary).

Attempt missed. Alessandro Schöpf (Austria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Alaba.

Florian Klein (Austria) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Zoltán Stieber (Hungary).

Substitution, Hungary. Adam Pintér replaces Krisztian Németh.

Goal! Austria 0, Hungary 2. Zoltán Stieber (Hungary) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tamas Priskin following a fast break.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Attila Fiola (Hungary) because of an injury.

Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Nagy (Hungary).

Corner, Austria. Conceded by Tamas Kadar.

Attempt blocked. David Alaba (Austria) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Florian Klein.

Krisztian Németh (Hungary) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alessandro Schöpf (Austria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Krisztian Németh (Hungary).

Substitution, Hungary. Zoltán Stieber replaces László Kleinheisler.

Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tamas Priskin (Hungary).

Substitution, Austria. Alessandro Schöpf replaces Martin Harnik.

Offside, Hungary. Balázs Dzsudzsák tries a through ball, but Tamas Priskin is caught offside.

Foul by Tamas Kadar (Hungary).

Rubin Okotie (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Julian Baumgartlinger.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Martin Hinteregger.

Attempt blocked. László Kleinheisler (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Attila Fiola.

Attempt missed. Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Fuchs with a cross.

Foul by Richárd Guzmics (Hungary).

Marko Arnautovic (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Robert Almer.

Attempt saved. Krisztian Németh (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Nagy.

Attempt missed. Adam Nagy (Hungary) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Balázs Dzsudzsák.

Florian Klein (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tamas Priskin (Hungary).

Substitution, Hungary. Tamas Priskin replaces Ádám Szalai.

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