European Championship Qualifying - Group E
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Hungary 1-0 Wales: Mate Patkai goal puts hosts top of Group E

Gareth Bale (right)
Gareth Bale (right) was unable to exert his influence on the game

Wales succumbed to a late defeat in Hungary that could prove to be a severe blow to their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.

Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Hungary threatened from set-pieces in a goalless first half during which Wales showed fleeting signs of their attacking potential but also left themselves defensively exposed.

Ryan Giggs' side had a glorious chance to take the lead after an hour, as David Brooks and Tom Lawrence combined to tee up Gareth Bale - but the Real Madrid forward horribly miscued his close-range effort into the hands of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

That was to prove costly as Wales failed to deal with a long ball to Hungarian striker Adam Szalai, who held off a weak challenge from James Lawrence and laid the ball on to Mate Patkai, who finished confidently to spark riotous celebrations in Budapest.

Despite starting this campaign as fourth seeds, a third successive victory takes Hungary to the top of Group E on nine points, three ahead of Slovakia and Croatia in second and third and six in front of Wales, who are now fourth.

Giggs' men still have five games to revive their qualification prospects but to find themselves so far off the pace so early in this campaign is a cause for major concern.

New players, same problems

Unhappy with his side's errant finishing and sloppy defending during Saturday's defeat in Croatia, Wales manager Giggs responded by making five changes as he named a far more attacking line-up.

While Brooks and Lawrence were brought in to add to the team's goal threat, Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu was the recalled player who initially impressed as he combined with Joe Allen at the base of midfield to help Wales play with a composure they lacked against Croatia.

Despite signs of improvement, Giggs' men looked vulnerable whenever they lost the ball; susceptible to Hungarian counter-attacks which added fuel to the fire of a cacophonous home crowd.

The hosts also looked dangerous from set-pieces, with centre-back Wili Orban - who scored twice in Saturday's win over Azerbaijan - heading into the side netting from one corner.

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This was a finely poised encounter, tension increasing with every minute that passed without a goal.

The electric pace of Daniel James seemed Wales' likeliest source of making a breakthrough, with one of his forays down the left leading to a chance for Lawrence, whose low shot was saved.

That was a relatively difficult opportunity but there was no excusing Bale's miss.

Wales' record goalscorer looked destined to add to his tally when Lawrence laid on a low cross to him inside the six-yard box but Bale got his right-footed shot all wrong, spooning it harmlessly into Gulacsi's arms.

With 10 minutes left, Hungary showed no such mercy in front of goal as Lawrence was easily beaten in his tangle with Szalai, giving Patkai the opportunity to seal a victory which the home players savoured with their fans for a long time after the final whistle.

A mountain to climb for Giggs and Wales

Following the success of Euro 2016 and having started this campaign as second seeds behind World Cup finalists Croatia, Wales have seldom had such high expectations.

An opening win over Slovakia showed promise and, although there was no disgrace in losing to a Croatia side unbeaten at home since 2013, strong starts from Hungary and Slovakia meant Wales were playing catch-up after just two matches.

Now they have a mountain to climb.

Hungary had already demonstrated their ability to beat loftier opposition with a win over Croatia here in March but, at the very least, Wales had been hoping to earn a draw.

Instead, they return home from their Eastern European double-header with nothing.

This was a seventh defeat from Giggs' 13 matches in charge, and the repetitive manner in which Wales have been beaten is arguably as much a worry as the results themselves.

Giggs' appointment in January 2018 was met with a lukewarm reaction from Wales fans, and there is little to suggest their opinion of the former captain will have improved after a first 17 months in charge which can be described as mixed at best.

Wales still have time to catch up on their group rivals - they have a game in hand and there are two automatic qualification places - but their poor start to the campaign raises serious doubts their Euro 2020 credentials and those of their manager.

Man of the match - Dominik Szoboszlai

Dominik Szoboszlai (right)
The midfielder (right) played with a maturity beyond his 18 years, helping Hungary wrestle control of the tie as the match wore on.

The stats you need to know

  • Wales have now lost three of their five previous away meetings with Hungary in all competitions (W2), although this was their first such defeat to them since November 1962.
  • Wales have fallen to back-to-back defeats in competitive games for the first time since September 2013 (three in a row).
  • Hungary have now won each of their last five home matches across all competitions, keeping three clean sheets in this run.
  • Under Ryan Giggs, Wales have lost four of their five away matches (W1), having only lost four in their final 13 such games under Chris Coleman (W5 D4 L4).
  • Hungary are unbeaten in seven home games in European Championship qualification matches (W5 D2), and have won each of their last four in succession.
  • Mate Patkai has scored in two of his last three appearances for Hungary (two goals), with both coming in his last two home matches for his country.

Line-ups

Hungary

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 14Lovrencsics
  • 2Baráth
  • 6Orban
  • 3KorhutBooked at 90mins
  • 16PátkaiBooked at 39mins
  • 8NagyBooked at 49mins
  • 10SzoboszlaiSubstituted forBeseat 83'minutes
  • 7DzsudzsákSubstituted forKleinheislerat 70'minutes
  • 9Szalai
  • 23HolenderSubstituted forVargaat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ferenczi
  • 5Souza dos Santos
  • 11Németh
  • 12Dibusz
  • 13Kalmar
  • 15Kleinheisler
  • 17Varga
  • 18Nagy
  • 19Holman
  • 20Kovács
  • 21Bese
  • 22Kovacsik

Wales

  • 1Hennessey
  • 2GunterBooked at 2mins
  • 6Williams
  • 15LawrenceBooked at 82mins
  • 4DaviesBooked at 87mins
  • 18AmpaduSubstituted forSmithat 54'minutes
  • 7Allen
  • 11Bale
  • 16BrooksSubstituted forWilsonat 73'minutes
  • 19LawrenceSubstituted forVokesat 79'minutes
  • 20James

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 5Mepham
  • 8Smith
  • 9Vokes
  • 10Wilson
  • 12Ward
  • 13Woodburn
  • 14Roberts
  • 17Matondo
  • 21Davies
  • 22Lockyer
  • 23Vaulks
Referee:
Matej Jug

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamWales
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Hungary 1, Wales 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hungary 1, Wales 0.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Wales) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Offside, Hungary. Gergo Lovrencsics tries a through ball, but László Kleinheisler is caught offside.

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Ádám Szalai.

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Wales) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Barnabás Bese (Hungary).

Jamie Lawrence (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Mihály Korhut (Hungary) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Roland Varga (Hungary) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by László Kleinheisler.

Foul by Barnabás Bese (Hungary).

Daniel James (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Barnabás Bese (Hungary).

Booking

Ben Davies (Wales) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Barnabás Bese (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Wales).

Offside, Hungary. Roland Varga tries a through ball, but Ádám Szalai is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ádám Szalai (Hungary) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Roland Varga with a cross following a set piece situation.

Roland Varga (Hungary) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Allen (Wales).

Botond Baráth (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Wales).

Attempt missed. Gergo Lovrencsics (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Máté Pátkai.

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. Barnabás Bese replaces Dominik Szoboszlai.

Booking

Jamie Lawrence (Wales) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

László Kleinheisler (Hungary) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Lawrence (Wales).

Goal!

Goal! Hungary 1, Wales 0. Máté Pátkai (Hungary) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Tom Lawrence.

Foul by Mihály Korhut (Hungary).

Harry Wilson (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Willi Orban (Hungary) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Botond Baráth with a cross.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

Attempt saved. László Kleinheisler (Hungary) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Offside, Wales. Ashley Williams tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

Foul by Gergo Lovrencsics (Hungary).

Daniel James (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 11th June 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England220010196
2Czech Rep320156-16
3Kosovo31205415
4Montenegro4022310-72
5Bulgaria402257-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine431081710
2Luxembourg411245-14
3Serbia311157-24
4Portugal20201102
5Lithuania301237-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland440072512
2Germany3300132119
3Netherlands21016333
4Belarus400419-80
5Estonia3003112-110

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1R. of Ireland431051410
2Denmark31209545
3Switzerland21105324
4Georgia410348-43
5Gibraltar300306-60

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary43016429
2Slovakia32017256
3Croatia32015416
4Wales310223-13
5Azerbaijan3003310-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain4400112912
2Sweden42118717
3Romania421111567
4Norway41218715
5Malta4103210-83
6Faroe Islands4004312-90

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland440080812
2Israel42118717
3Austria42027616
4Slovenia41217345
5North Macedonia411257-24
6Latvia4004113-120

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France430112399
2Turkey43019279
3Iceland43015509
4Albania42025326
5Moldova4103210-83
6Andorra4004010-100

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium44001111012
2Russia4301153129
3Kazakhstan42027706
4Scotland420247-36
5Cyprus41036513
6San Marino4004020-200

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy44001311212
2Finland43016249
3Armenia42027616
4Greece411268-24
5Bos-Herze411257-24
6Liechtenstein4004013-130
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