Austria 0 v 2 Hungary – Euro 2016 Group F

AUT 0 v 2 HUN – what was always going to be a cagey affair in the 1st half between two nations who are built upon a strong defence and counter-attacking football, ended up being a slugfest in a dramatic 2nd half which saw the 2nd red card of the tournament. FC Bayern München‘s David Alaba struck the inside of the post in an opening period that Austria dominated. Bernd Storck‘s Magical Magyars were organised and efficient across the park however, Arnautović’s growing frustration was clear to see as his side struggled to craft any clear opportunities. Grey pyjama-panted Hungarian stopper Gábor Király did produce a good save to parry a Zlatko Junuzovic shot around his left post just before the break. Magyar Balázs Dzsudzsák should have hit the target moments later when slipped through by the impressive Kleinheisler László. The game changed in an enthralling 5 minutes around the hour mark. First, an incisive breakaway from Hungary results in some lovely link-up play between Klenheisler and Szalai Ádám, who streches his left leg to poke the ball past Austrian keeper Robert Almer to give his side the lead. Moments later, Aleksandar Dragović is sent off for a late challenge which results in a second yellow card and suddenly Austria are looking desperate. The game came alive and the action was end to end. Nagy Ádám was sensational for Hungary in the middle of the park – crafty and industrious, it was a lesson in patience from the young Ferencvárosi Torna Club wonder kid, who consistently recycled possession and allowed the Hungarians to be effective on the ball. As the Austrians tired, Hungarian substitute Priskin Tamás knocked an enticing ball over the top for fellow substitute Zoltan Stieber to deftly chip the ball over Almer to make it 2-0 and clinch the points for the brilliant Magyars. The first genuine surprise of the tournament!

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