Hungary 0-0 Ireland – Report with Highlights

A confidence brimming Hungary put up a great fight against Poland bound Ireland on Monday night’s encounter, but just couldn’t find a breakthrough against a tough Irish side.

Hungary, who finished 3rd in their qualifying group, created the better openings throughout the game with Aston Villa ‘keeper, Shay Given keeping his side in the match for large periods.

However, the Magyars didn’t have everything their own way, and Ireland, who are now unbeaten in 14 internationals did test Adam Bogdan on a few occasions.

Meszaros impressed in his first start for Hungary

The game, which was nearly abandoned after heavy rainfall and lightning before the game, took a while to come to life and it was Ireland who came closest to opening the scoring after former Man United defender, John O’Shea headed just over Bogdan’s goal after 20 minutes. The Bolton ‘keeper was then forced into action 5 minutes later when Ireland’s record goalscorer, Robbie Keane found himself with a bit of space inside the Hungarian area.

The couple of scares for Hungary forced them to react, and react they did with Dinamo Moscow’s, Balazs Dzsudzsak testing Given on three different occasions including one world-class save after deflection off an Irish defender.

Ireland were then forced to defend deep while Hungarian midfielders Vladimir Koman and Balazs Dzsudzsak started to take a strangle-hold of the game.

Adam Szalai had a fantastic chance to make it 1-0 to Hungary after half an hour, but his shot was scuffed into the hands of the grateful, Shay Given and just 5 minutes later the Mainz striker had another big opportunity, but delayed his strike and was tackled by Wolves defender, Stephen Ward.

Hungary had been the better of the two sides in the first half and they continued in similar fashion in the 2nd with Szalai again wasting a great chance, forcing substitute keeper Keiran Westwood into an early save.

Dzsudzsak threatened a few more times on the left-hand side, but as substitutions were made by both managers, the game became more open, leading to more chance

Imre Szabics, who replaced the relatively anonymous, Peter Szakaly, had a shot cleared off the line towards the end of the game, and fellow substitute, Krisztian Nemeth also wasted a golden opportunity with the last kick of the game.

It was a noble performance from the Hungarians who definitely had the better of the game against a team who were full of players eagerly trying to impress ahead of Sunday’s opening game against Croatia.

There were standout performances from Balazs Dzsudzsak and Vladimir Koman while Norbert Meszaros was very solid at the back in just his 2nd game for the national team.

Ireland will be happy to get through the game clear of injuries and with their unbeaten run still intact. Hungary meanwhile look forward to a friendly with Israel in August before World Cup qualification in September.

Hungary (4-4-1-1): Bogdan 7; Varga 7, Korcsmar 6, Meszaros 8, Halmosi 6 (Kadar 70min, 6); Pinter 7, Szakaly 6 (Szabics 46, 7), Koman 8; Gyurcso 7 (Koltai 86), Szalai 7 (Nemeth 80), Dzsudzsak 8. Booked: Korcsmar.

Ireland (4-4-2): Given 8 (Westwood 46, 7); O’Shea 6, Dunne 7, St Ledger 6, Ward 5; Duff 5 (Hunt 64, 5), Whelan 6 (Green 85), Andrews 5 (Gibson 65, 6), McGeady 7; Keane 5 (Cox 61, 7), Doyle 5 (Walters 46, 7).

Man of the match: Balazs Dzsudzsak.

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