12 Jun Hungary v Wales Match Report, 11/06/2019, EC Qualification
Gareth Bale missed a golden alternative for Wales earlier than Mate Patkai scored Hungary’s winner in Budapest.
Mate Patkai dealt Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes an enormous blow with a late winner for Hungary as Ryan Giggs’ males misplaced 1-Zero in Budapest, simply three days after struggling a slim defeat in Croatia.
Patkai’s strike compounded a torrid night for Gareth Bale after he missed Wales’ greatest alternative of the sport when Tom Lawrence’s cross landed at his toes 12 yards from aim, the Actual Madrid ahead firing tamely at Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
Giggs deployed Dan James as a lone striker within the first-half in Budapest and the 21-year-old outshone Bale together with his incisive runs, however neither man may drive a breakthrough earlier than Patkai pounced on a unfastened ball after Jamie Lawrence and Ben Davies have been outmuscled by Adam Szalai at a excessive ball.
The outcome leaves Wales second backside in Group E with three factors from three matches, whereas Hungary are prime, three factors away from Slovakia, having received three of their opening 4 matches.
Wales lacked warning early on and have been break up aside by Balazs Dzsudzsak’s throughball earlier than Filip Holender slid in and missed Szalai’s cross by a whisker.
James got here to life after 24 minutes, weaving his means down the left flank earlier than squaring to Tom Lawrence, who shot tamely at Gulacsi, and Wales improved thereafter.
Hungary discovered possibilities more durable to return by within the second half however Dominik Szoboszlai gave Wales a scare when he chested the ball down simply contained in the field and despatched a rocket of a shot narrowly over the crossbar.
The second was ripe for Bale to place Wales on course for a treasured win when Tom Lawrence’s low cross discovered him unmarked in the course of the field however he scuffed his shot into the grateful Gulasci’s fingers.
Wayne Hennessey needed to be alert when substitute Laszlo Kleinheisler thumped a dipping 25-yard drive in the direction of aim, the Wales keeper diving to his left to parry it clear earlier than Allen volleyed a Botond Barath header off the road.
Hungary landed a sucker punch 10 minutes from time, Szalai controlling a cross from the left and feeding Patkai, whose shot went in off Ben Davies to go away Giggs’ males empty handed on the finish of a gruelling night time at Groupama Area.
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Wales return dwelling with nothing from journeys to Croatia and Hungary and should choose themselves up for a mammoth effort to qualify when their marketing campaign recommences in opposition to Azerbaijan at dwelling in September.
Szalai too robust
The bodily battle between Jamie Lawrence and Adam Szalai was a vital one and the Hoffenheim striker got here up trumps, shrugging off his marker earlier than Patkai’s winner.
After a irritating season at Madrid, Bale seems a good distance wanting his greatest kind and was barely concerned other than his evident miss.
Wales will hope for higher after they face strugglers Azerbaijan, whereas Hungary have a pleasant in opposition to Montenegro earlier than taking part in Slovakia at dwelling.