Hungary surprises a sad England

Hungary surprises a sad England


In anticipation of tonight’s clash between Italy and Germany, England travel to Hungary for this first day of the League of Nations. A first move far from obvious in the noisy Puskás Arena in Budapest, especially since the Three Lions had conceded a draw at home against these same Hungarians last October. Gareth Southgate took advantage of this situation to offer their first selection to James Justin and Jarrod Bowen, while Coady or Bellingham also started.

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In a somewhat astonishing atmosphere as 36,000 children made up the audience, the English were undergoing a good start to the Magyars game. Stronger in duels and rewarded for their good intentions in the game, they offered themselves the first situation of the match; a perfect Loïc Nego center for Szoboszlai. The attacking midfielder managed to beat Pickford but not Coady, who cleared the ball in front of his line (12th). Not the last free warning.

A day without England

The English struggled to develop their game to reach their captain Harry Kane. Mount and Bowen in particular did not touch the ball, also the fault of pistons, Alexander-Arnold and Justin, far too discreet and awkward. Pickford even had to work on this heavy strike from Nagy (29th) before getting scared with this attempt from midfielder lob Szalai (32nd). England had to wake up but it wasn’t Saka’s entry at the break in Justin’s place that changed anything.

Although the Gunner made a good breakthrough on one of his first balls (50th), another incoming one, Reece James hurried the fall of his own by committing a very avoidable foul on his surface. Szoboszlai converted his penalty and allowed Hungary to take the lead (1-0, 66th). This time, the English threw themselves on the attack but neither the recovery of Bowen (72nd) nor the header of Coady (77th) did not allow the equalizer. Without a big miss on Schafer’s goal, Southgate’s protégés could have bowed even heavier. The competition is off to a bad start for the European runner-up.

18h match results:

Ligue A:

Group 3:

Hungary 1 – 0 England: Szoboszlai (66th)

Ligue B:

Group 3:

Finland 1 – 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Pukki (sp 45th); Prevljak (90th + 3)

Ligue C

Group 1:

Lithuania 0 – 2 Luxembourg : Sinani (44th, 78th)

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