Hungary v England Live Commentary & Result, 9/2/21, WC Qualification Europe | OkeGoal

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The upshot is England are four from four in Group I, five points clear of Poland and Hungary. With Andorra to come on Sunday, England’s position should look pretty healthy before a trip to Warsaw to face the Poles in one of their biggest tests of the pool. 

Well, we said it had to get better and get better it did. After a tepid first half, England score four after the break. Sterling got the ball rolling from a well-worked move then turned provider for Kane. Maguire and Rice also added their name to the scoresheet, albeit from some pretty poor goalkeeping from Gulacsi. It could have been even better in the end with Kane pretty wasteful at times but job well and truly done for England, who win their first match since losing the final of Euro 2020.

90′ + 1′ FULL-TIME: HUNGARY 0-4 ENGLAND

89′ It’s another yellow card for Hungary with Gazdag heading into the book.

88′ Grealish also departs after an enterprising performance with Saka entering the fray.

88′ And that’s the last contribution from Rice, who leaves the field for Henderson.

87′ It’s an assist for Grealish but this was all about the goalkeeper’s error.

87′ Oh dear, not the finest moment from Gulacsi! Rice works it to Grealish and then receives the return ball. His 20-yard effort isn’t the strongest and is straight at the goalkeeper, who lets the ball squirm under his body. 4-0 to England now.

86′ England are just coasting towards full time now, full in the knowledge that three very well-earned points are on the way.

84′ Finally a change for England. Lingard, who just missed out on selection for Euro 2020, replaces Mount.

D. Gazdag

L. Kleinheisler

82′ A final roll of the dice from Hungary as Kleinheisler makes way for Gazdag.

80′ Oh hello rare Hungary effort! Pickford might as well have sat and read the newspaper in this game but he has to react to deny Salloi’s low drive after a slick move.

78′ ANOTHER CHANCE FOR KANE! Honestly, on another night Kane has four in this second half. Grealish cleverly finds his team-mate, but with only Gulacsi to beat he shoots straight at the goalkeeper. He has his goal but you have to think he’ll be a bit disappointed not to have more to show for his efforts.

77′ That was a big chance for 4-0 but surely Sterling would have been flagged for offside had the ball gone in? The speedy forward rounds the goalkeeper and shoots towards goal but the ball is cleared.

76′ Oh…wow. Not a good wow either…a what on earth was that wow. Szoboszlai is known as a bit of a free-kick specialist but this effort, from around 30 yards, was just terrible. The ball goes sailing over the crossbar.

74′ England have yet to make a change yet but you’d assume there will be wholesale changes for Sunday’s clash against Andorra. The question now is more can they go and grab another goal or two?

72′ Kane has now scored in each of his last 13 Euros/World Cup qualifying matches for England, netting 17 goals overall. 

70′ Bolla comes off for Varga but surely Hungary’s race is run here.

69′ Pretty poor from the home fans, who among other things launch a flare onto the pitch. Shaw does brilliantly to withstand the intimidation and pick out Maguire from the set-piece.

69′ The floodgates have well and truly opened and it’s a feast of goals in Hungary for England now. Missiles are aimed towards Shaw as he takes the corner but he has the last laugh as his delivery is met by Man Utd team-mate Maguire, whose header squirms into the bottom-right corner after Gulacsi, who should have done better, got two hands on the ball.

67′ Another chance for Kane! He’s played in one on one against Gulacsi, who makes a strong save with his legs. You’d expect the net to have been bulging.

66′ A first change for Hungary as Sallai is replaced by his near namesake Salloi.

63′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!! Surely that’s game over now? A poor ball by Orban is picked off by Phillips and England quickly work the ball out to Sterling, whose early cross the right is nodded in at the front post by England captain Kane. Poor from Hungary, who are unravelling now.

61′ Sterling has the bit between his teeth now since his goal and another drive towards the defence almost leads to another opportunity but Orban does enough to make the block.

60′ Sterling claims for a penalty after a challenge from Bolla on the right of the box. It did look like the Hungary man got something on the ball, though, and it’s a corner only, which comes to nothing.

58′ Another booking and this time it’s for Orbans lunge at Grealish.

56′ Sterling goes into the book for taking his shirt off during his celebration.

55′ It was a really good ball from Mount, but this one was all about the build-up with Rice and Grealish particularly influential.

55′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! ENGLAND MAKE THE BREAKTHROUGH. Undeterred by his booking, Rice dispossesses Orban and finds Grealish on the left. The Man City forward slips in Mount, who in turn slides the ball across the face of goal and Sterling converts from eight yards. The England forward is booed loudly and pelted with cups from the crowd for his celebration.

54′ Rice can have no arguments there. The West Ham midfielder does brilliantly at first to win a 50-50 with Sallai but is a little overenthusiastic when trying to repeat the trick immediately on Schafer and deservedly goes into the book.

52′ That chance aside it’s been pretty much as you were from the first half. 

50′ OH THAT WAS THE CHANCE!! You would have put your life savings on Kane scoring that one! Walker slips the striker into the area, he’s under a little pressure from Orban but it was a poor scuffed effort that Gulacsi saves with ease when really the goalkeeper should have been given no chance at all. Encouragement for England but they should be ahead.

47′ Phillips tries a long one into the channel for Walker. He’s rapid…but he’s not that rapid. Gulacsi collects with ease.

45′ The referee blows his whistle again and we are back underway in Budapest…

Still, there are 45 minutes still to play so stick with us folks…surely something more has to happen in the second half, right?…Right?!

England have huffed and puffed but come absolutely nowhere near to breaking down the door. Hungary in fairness have proven every bit as stubborn as you’d expect from a well-drilled side. Southgate will want to see a little more bravery from his team, it’s all been a little too comfortable without much in the way of penetration. 

45′ + 2′ HALF-TIME: HUNGARY 0-0 ENGLAND

44′ Half-time is fast approaching…a goal doesn’t look particularly forthcoming before the break it has to be said.

42′ Grealish does well to keep in a long punt from Maguire but goes to ground after a nudge from Orban. The referee rules he went down just a touch too easily, though, and the game plays on.

40′ Rice is pinged for a late tackle on Szalai, leaving Hungary with a free-kick in a promising position. It’s taken by Szoboszlai but it’s high, wide and not particularly handsome. A sigh of relief for England, and it’s a pretty poor effort in truth.

37′ Another England corner comes to nothing. This one was taken short to Grealish, who hangs up a cross but can’t meet an England team-mate.

35′ The first booking of the evening goes to Bolla for a crude challenge on Grealish.

35′ Oooh a poor ball there from Bolla! England were briefly in a bit of trouble but the winger’s throughball from the right towards Szalai is overhit and Hungary’s chance to counter is wasted.

33′ There are plenty trying to make something happen for England. Sterling and Grealish look typically dangerous on the flanks. But yeah…at the risk of sounding like a broken record this Hungary defence is proving pretty, pretty stubborn.

31′ An England corner comes to nothing with the referee ruling Maguire has pushed over Orban…it’s a pretty soft call in truth.

29′ If patience really is a virtue then this England side is the most virtuous that has ever lived…pray for those editing the highlights together because there’s very little happening.

27′ England have had over 75 per cent of the possession so far just to give you a flavour of how this game is shaping up. But credit to Hungary who have barely given so much as a sniff.

24′ The tempo has been decent…ish. It’s just lacking a little something at the minute. You feel if England can make the breakthrough then there will be a few in this one. Meanwhile Maguire has kicked one straight into the hmm…nether regions…of Kleinheisler. Better count ‘em son…I’m still wincing.

22′ England have only lost one of their last 50 matches in qualifying for the Euros/World Cup (W40 D9), losing to the Czech Republic in October 2019. The Three Lions haven’t lost any of their last 24 World Cup qualifiers (W18 D6) since a 1-0 away defeat to Ukraine in October 2009.

20′ Close for Kane! You’d really expect the Tottenham striker to do better with a 20-yard effort but he shoots straight over the bar. Hungary won’t want to let him have too many sights of goal like that.

19′ Ooooh careful John! Stones, playing his 50th game for England, has had little to do which perhaps explains his dallying in letting the ball bounce. Fortunately for the Man City defender he recovers to hold off Szoboszlai.

17′ A slight concern here for the Three Lions as Sterling stays down after being caught in the thigh by Fiola. Hungary put the ball out of play sportingly but Sterling is soon back on his feet.

15′ That was ALMOST something for England. Grealish has been very lively down the left with Shaw so far. The two work together and find Kane, whose cross nicks off Mount and nearly found its way through to Sterling. A warning…

13′ Kane is seeing plenty of the ball but at the moment he’s playing quite deep and not really getting into areas to hurt the hosts. It’s all a little easy defensively so far for the Hungarians…

11′ Hungary and England haven’t met since August 2010 in a friendly, with the Three Lions winning 2-1 with Steven Gerrard scoring a brace after Phil Jagielka gave Hungary the lead with an own goal.

9′ As you’d expect England are seeing plenty of the ball now but as yet have not created a clear-cut chance. If they continue to probe like this you’d expect they’ll soon carve something out, though.

7′ Good work by England sees Grealish attempt to slip in Shaw on the left of the area. It’s a little undercooked but England win a corner, which Shaw takes and Maguire heads over.

5′ A first glimpse of a threat from England. A crossfield Kane ball is headed only as far as Sterling, who tees up Mount to curl wide of the right post from 25 yards.

3′ Both teams are feeling each other out in the early stages here with neither side yet to really settle. 

1′ Referee Cuneyt Cakir blows his whistle and sadly there are some boos from the home fans as the England players take the knee in a show of protest against racism and social injustice. 

The players have entered the pitch, the national anthems have been sung…we are moments away from kick off!

Southgate makes only a single change from the Italy game, but that means a tweak to the shape, too. Winger Grealish – England’s £100million man – is in for wing-back Trippier. Meanwhile, Hungary are bolstered by the return to fitness of Szoboszlai, who missed the Euros.

Subs: Sam Johnstone, Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier, Jordan Henderson, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Bukayo Saka, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jesse Lingard, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, Patrick Bamford.

England (4-2-3-1): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice; Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount, Jack Grealish; Harry Kane.

Subs: Denes Dibusz, Adam Bogdan, Adam Lang, Daniel Salloi, Tamas Cseri, Kevin Varga, Daniel Gazdag, Roland Varga, Mark Tamas, Janos Csaba Hahn, Szabolcs Schon, Nemanja Nikolic.

Hungary (3-4-3): Peter Gulacsi; Akos Kecskes, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Bendeguz Bolla, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola; Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai, Dominik Szoboszlai.

Hungary are no pushovers, though, and performed admirably in Group F at Euro 2020 in the so-called ‘Group of Death’ alongside Portugal, France and Germany – taking a point against the latter two heavyweights and almost making the last 16. It will certainly have to be a professional performance from England if they are to maintain their 100 per cent record in the pool.

Gareth Southgate’s men must now regroup ahead of a qualifying triple header, with this fixture in Budapest followed by a home fixture against Andorra and a trip to Poland. England are three for three in a pool that, truthfully, they should have little trouble in escaping and punching a ticket to Qatar 2022.

The Three Lions are back in action for the first time since suffering heartbreak in the final of Euro 2020 against Italy back in July. Luke Shaw’s early goal had put England on course for a memorable triumph at Wembley but Leonardo Bonucci’s second-half equaliser preceded a penalty shoot-out victory for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Group I World Cup qualifier between Hungary and England at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium!

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