Holland 5 – 3 Hungary

Image of Hungarian Football national teamHungary put in a strong performance against Holland, but Dirk Kuyt’s 3 minute brace cancelled out any hope of a shock result for the Magyars.

Following Holland’s 4-0 victory in Budapest just 4 days earlier, Holland were again tipped to roll over a Hungary side who were likely to be low on confidence.

But that simply wasn’t the case even though it looked like it was going to be as Van Persie was left unmarked from a corner to make it 1-0 after just 13 minutes.

Holland were unchanged from Friday, and it certainly looked to have worked in the opening periods of the game.

Hungary’s response was good however, and even though they didn’t create any clear cut chances in the first half, they more than held their own for 45 minutes, with Dirk Kuyt’s one on one the only other chance the Magyars allowed.

Hungary had made a few changes since the first game. They were without the suspended Elek and Liptak so Lazar and Pinter were the like for like replacements, and both performed admirably. Kiraly, Koman and Varga also dropped to the bench with Fulop, Priskin and Vadocz replacing them as Egervari approached the game in a more positive way, opting for a classic 4-4-2 formation.

There were two changes at half-time, one for each team with the injured Van Persie being replaced by veteran striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Adam Pinter being replaced with the more creative Vladimir Koman.

And the change seemed to work for Hungary, as they scored two goals inside the first 5 minutes of the 2nd half. The first coming from a short corner, after Rudolf’s shot was deflected twice before finding the back of the net. The second, from a Dzsudzsak cross which was thumped home superbly on the volley by Captain Zoltan Gera. An incredible turnaround which no-one could have predicted.

The Dutch seemed stunned at the comeback, and didn’t create any chances of note until the 61stminute when Sneijder inadvertently played a one-two with Krisztian Vadocz’s heel which fell back into the path of the Inter Milan man, who duly did the honours.

Holland now had the momentum, but had to wait 12 minutes until they were back ahead. Ruud Van Nistelrooy scoring a deflected half-volley past the helpless Fulop.

It seemed like Holland would now go on to win at a canter, but that simply wasn’t the case. Dzsudzsak found a bit of room about 40 yards out and played a superbly weighted pass into Gera’s feet, and the Fulham man notched his 2nd of the game to make it 3-3 with just 15 minutes to go.

The scoring wasn’t finished there, as Kuyt netted his first of the game with 12 minutes to go, and then 3 minutes later from a cross that looped over Fulop’s head.

A brave, brave performance from Hungary who possibly deserved more, but the Dutch showed their class in the later parts of the game they keep their 100% record intact. Hungary now have to concentrate on games against Sweden, Moldova, Finland and San Marino. Winning them all is a must, and should put them in a good position to grab 2nd place in the group.