Date: June 14, 2016
Result: Austria 0 Hungary 2
Hungary Szalai 62, Stieber 87
Venue: Stade de Bordeaux
Unfancied Hungary pulled off one of the surprises of the tournament so far when they beat 10-man Austria 2-0 in Bordeaux.
A lively match began with Austria midfielder David Alaba hitting a post in the opening seconds. Austria almost took the lead with the best move of the first half but Martin Harnik slipped as he tried to turn in Marko Arnautovic’s cross.
Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak twice had chances to put his team ahead before striker Adam Szalai exchanged passes with Laszlo Kleinheiser and poked his shot passed Austria keeper Robert Almer for the opening goal.
Austria searched for the equaliser but Hungary worked diligently to contain them and when Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off on 66 minutes, the so-called Habsburg derby turned in Hungary’s favour.
Midway through the second half, just when Austria thought that Martin Hinteregger had equalised with a thunderous volley, defender Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off (second yellow) for a late challenge on Tamas Kadar in the build-up to the attack. Ten-man Austria never recovered and substitute Zoltan Stieber grabbed a second goal for Hungary in the dying minutes.
Man of the match:
Hungary midfielder Laszlo Kleinheiser was a lively presence throughout the game. He set up Balazs Dzsudzsak for the best chance of the first chance, which was pulled wide, and then exchanged passes with Adam Szalai to play in the striker for Hungary’s opening goal.
Matter of fact:
Hungary’s track-suited goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly became both the oldest player and debutant ever to play in the European Championship.
Not many people were predicting positive things about Hungary ahead of the tournament but they surprised with their attacking intent against Austria. They held their own in the first half and grew in confidence after the break.
The opening goal was well-worked and their second was brilliantly finished by substitute Zoltan Stieber in a blistering counter-attack following an Austria corner.
Attempts on target
01 Robert Almer
03 Aleksandar Dragovic
04 Martin Hinteregger
05 Christian Fuchs
07 Marko Arnautovic
08 David Alaba
10 Zlatko Junozovic (20 Sabitzer 59)
11 Martin Harnik
14 Julian Baumgartlinger
17 Florian Klein
21 Marc Janko (09 Rubin Okotie 64)
Starting formation: 4-2-3-1
Almer – Klein, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Fuchs – Baumgartlinger. Alaba – Harnik, Junozovic, Arnautovic – Janko
01 Gabor Kiraly
02 Adam Lang
04 Tamas Kadar
05 Attila Fiola
07 Balazs Dzsudzsak
08 Adam Nagy
09 Adam Szalai (19 Tamas Priskin)
10 Zoltan Gera
11 Kristian Nemeth (16 Adam Pinter 88)
15 Laszlo Kleinheisler (80 Zoltan Stieber)
20 Richard Guzmics
Starting formation: 4-1-4-1
Kiraly – Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar – Gera – Nemeth, Nagy, Kleinheisler, Dzsudzsak – Szalai
Austria: Dragivic 33, 66
Hungary: Nemeth 80
Austria: Dragovic 66
Referee: Clement Turpin (Fra)