Hungary manager Egervári had a limited number of his usual players to call up to his squad for this game, and raised a few eyebrows with his Hungarian league heavy selections, and there were a number of debutants on show at the Generali stadium in Prague.
The game started at a very fast pace as the Czechs launched attack after attack, but a rare Hungary break saw Szalai and Varga combine well, resulting in a free kick just outside the area. As Petr Cech lined up his wall, Dzsudzsák curled the ball towards goal, and although Cech got a hand to it, he could only help it into the net. A great piece of quick thinking on Dzsudzsák’s part, who said after , that he had discussed taking it quickly with English referee Lee Probert and was given the OK to do it. So with only 6 minutes gone, it was back to the tone of the game, with the Czechs again launching numerous fast paced attacks, but again keeping with the tone of the game, their players seemed more content on throwing themselves to the ground, rather than making attempts on goal.
On 24 minutes Baros received the ball in the area and tussled with Hungary captain Juhász, who eventually made a fantastic tackle to take the ball away, but referee Probert blew his whistle and awarded a penalty. I can only think it was given for the grappling Juhász was doing rather than the tackle, but it was strange he didn’t blow straight away if that was the case, but either way, the masked Kadlec stepped up to take the penalty and placed it underneath the diving Bogdán to level things up. Hungary captain Juhász went off on a stretcher after 39 minutes, which was later diagnosed as a calf strain, and will keep the Anderlecht player out for around four weeks. His replacement was Debrecen’s Norbert Mészáros who was making his debut after a double winning season in Hungary. Into the second half, and it was as you were as the Czechs continued to attack at pace, but Hungary defended stoutly, and on the occasions they were breached, they found Hungary keeper Bogdán in fine form, saving brilliantly on a couple of occasions to show that he will probably be the number one keeper for a long time to come.
On 65 minutes, Debrecen could claim a trio of players on the pitch as 21 year old Gyurcsó replaced Koltai to join his teammates Mészáros and starting debutant Szakály, and as the game was fizzling out, on 88 minutes Dzsudzsák sent a fantastic pass into the area from the left hand side to the feet of Gyurcsó who controlled brilliantly and placed the ball past Cech into the Czech goal with the aid of the post. Fantastic composure and confidence from a young debutant, who looked as if this was his 50th cap and not his first. On 90 minutes, another debut came as Budapest Honvéd central defender Debreceni entered the fold, and that was to be the last piece of action as the Czechs were left stunned and wondering how they didn’t win here.
Although seeing this as a fantastic win, nearly every part of the team needs improving as we look ahead to a world cup qualifying campaign, but there were still positives to take away from Prague, none more so than Ádám Gyurcsó who announced his arrival on the international stage, and up front Szalai did well as the lone striker, showing strength, skill and good feet. Ireland are the visitors to Budapest on Monday, which should be a tougher test, and tickets are still available from 2000 Forints.
|Czech Republic Team Lineup||Hungary Team Lineup|
|1||Petr Cech||1 Adam Bogdan|
|2||Theodor Gebre Selassie||3 Vilmos Vanczak (81)|
|6||Tomas Sivok||5 Zsolt Korcsmar|
|3||Michal Kadlec||4 Roland Juhasz|
|8||David Limbersky||6 Zsolt Laczko|
|9||Jan Rezek (71)||2 Jozsef Varga|
|13||Jaroslav Plasil (78)||8 Adam Pinter|
|18||Daniel Kolar||11 Tamas Koltai|
|19||Petr Jiracek (78)||10 Peter Szakaly (88)|
|14||Vaclav Pilar||7 Balazs Dzsudzsak (90)|
|15||Milan Baros||9 Adam Szalai (89)|
|23||Jaroslav Drobny||12 Gabor Kiraly|
|5||Roman Hubnik||14 Krisztian Nemeth (89)|
|12||Frantisek Rajtoral (71)||15 Andras Debreceni (90)|
|17||Tomas Hubschman (78)||16 Peter Halmosi (81)|
|22||Vladimar Darida||17 Norbert Meszaros|
|21||David Lafata (78)||18 Imre Szabics (88)|
|20||Tomas Pekhart||22 Balazs Megyeri|
|13 Adam Gyurcso (63)|