Hungary beat England for the first time in 60 years thanks to a penalty by Dominik Szoboszlai. Gareth Southgate’s team lost their first Uefa Nations League game in Budapest.
After coming on as a second-half substitute, Reece James made a mistake and gave away a penalty kick, which Szoboszlai put away. He is known as the “poster boy” of Hungarian football.
Some of the home fans booed England players as they took the knee before the game started. The game was supposed to be played behind closed doors as a punishment for Hungary fans’ “discriminatory behavior” at the European Championships last summer.
There were about 35,000 people there because Hungary took advantage of laws that let children go to events like this.
Because of who was in the crowd, the jeers when England took a knee before the game in Budapest were even more shocking. The Magyars went on to win a shocking, but well-deserved, 1-0 win in the Group A3 opener.
Hungary last beat England at the 1962 World Cup, and it was Szoboszlai’s well-struck penalty in the second half that put his name in the record books.
The decision to give the penalty kick for James’s hit on Zsolt Nagy, who had just come on as a sub, seemed harsh, but England couldn’t really complain about the result, since they had worked hard all game.
It was a bad start for Southgate’s team, which has to play four Nations League games in 11 days. On Tuesday, they have a tough trip to Germany.
Hungary played a great game against a star-studded team, and the crowd’s response to the visitors’ anti-racism gesture before the game will be just as surprising to them as the crowd’s size.
During a good start for England, Harry Kane curled the ball wide, and Jarrod Bowen, who was making his debut, tried again after his first shot was blocked.
But Roland Sallai had already taken a shot, and Hungary came close to taking the lead in the 12th minute.
A move that started in the back ended when the impressive Loic Nego met a diagonal ball with a beautiful first-time cross from the right. Szoboszlai then pushed the ball past Pickford, who was coming in fast.