Luxembourg 0-1 Hungary – Match Report

Hungary got back to winning ways beating Luxembourg 1-0 in front of a crowd of just 1500 in the Stade Josy Barthel.

Right from the beginning there were opportunities for the Magyars but Tököli couldn’t finish either of his two gilt-edged chances inside the first 20 minutes..

Luxembourg didn’t lie down, and tried to spring some counter attacks of their own twice testing Bogdan in the Hungarian goal within the first 30 minutes.

After 37 minutes Hajnal had a good opportunity which was smothered by the home  goalkeeper.

It was a poor first half from Hungary, and Egervari said after the game that “we weren’t sticking to our game plan in the first half, and that contributed to our poor performance.”

Following the interval Hungary made two changes bringing off the wasteful Tököli and replaced him with Nemeth and defensive midfielder Elek was sacrificed for Imre Szabics. After the change Hungary were significantly better and started to up the tempo, but not creating any clear cut chances.

The breakthrough finally came after 53 minutes when Hungary eventually got something for all their dominance. Dzsudzsak found himself in a bit of space in the box and played a good ball to Szabics who couldn’t miss from short range, scoring his first goal for the National Team for 5 years.

Immediately after the goal more chances were being created for Hungary, with Nemeth and Szabics both missing good opportunities and later Nemeth had a goal ruled out for an incorrect offside call, before the game petered out after the coaches both made a host of changes.

Someone needs to remind the Hungarian boss that there are no points in friendlies after he said “Above all, be happy for the victory and the three points.”

At the end of the day a win is a win but it was a poor performance from Hungary and if the Magyars continue to play like this, they’ll come unstuck against better opposition, and they should be using these games to improve as a team by playing well, not just grinding out 1-0 wins against very poor opponents.

Hungarian Team: Bogdán – Vanczák, Juhász, Lipták, Laczko – Koman (Czvitkovics 68.), Vadócz (Pintér 68.), Elek  (Szabics, half-time),  Hajnal,  Dzsudzsák  – Tököli (Németh, half-time)


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