Hungary vs. England – Football Match Report – June 4, 2022

England lost 1-0 to Hungary in their Nations League opener when a penalty from Dominik Szoboszlai brought down Gareth Southgate’s side.

The loss was the first time in over 60 years Hungary had beaten England and they could have won by more if Andras Schafer had taken advantage of a late chance.

Reece James conceded the penalty just after the hour, barely two minutes after being substituted on the pitch.

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He pulled back Zsolt Nagy who went down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Szoboszlai shot the ball into the bottom left corner past Jordan Pickford.

Southgate handed international debuts to Jarrod Bowen and James Justin in a much changed side to the one that defeated Ivory Coast. England, however, struggled to gain a foothold.

“The heat was a factor. It cost the players a lot,” Southgate said after the game. “I don’t want to hit them too hard. These are matches we have to learn from.”

Harry Kane, who was looking for his 50th international goal, had some good opportunities, but was unable to eliminate them.

“It’s a huge disappointment,” defender Conor Coady said after the game. “It’s something we have to look at and learn very quickly.

“They’re a good side, they’re organised, you can see why they have results, but we wanted to come here and win.

“We started pretty well, but they grew a bit in the game.

“We were shocked because no one appealed the penalty… but we have to look at ourselves.”

The Budapest match was technically a “behind closed doors” match following UEFA sanctions imposed following anti-gay and racist remarks by Hungarian fans during their three Euro 2020 group stage matches.

However, a 35,000 crowd mostly made up of children was allowed in and fans were chasing England players who had to get the hang of it before kick-off.

“It’s hugely disappointing,” Coady said. “It’s important that people understand why we’re trying… You don’t want to hear them say things, but it’s important that we keep doing what we’re doing, to get people talking about the situation.

“It is what it is, but we want to continue to propagate that message.”

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