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World CupHungary 1-0 England

Hungary 1-0 England

The match ends with Hungary victorious! A flat performance from England saw them create very little in terms of clear-cut chances.

Whilst Hungary executed their few via that penalty from Szoboszlai! Hungary’s game management following the penalty was superb, and on the balance of play, absolutely deserved that historic victory.

Starting lineup:

HUNGARY (3-4-3): Peter Gulacsi; Adam Lang, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Loic Nego, Andras Schafer, Adam Nagy, Zsolt Nagy; Roland Sallai, Adam Szalai, Dominik Szoboszlai.

HUNGARY SUBS: Denes Dibusz, Peter Szappanos, Akos Kecskes, Attila Fiola, Daniel Salloi, Bendeguz Bolla, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Zalan Vancsa, Callum Styles, Martin Adam, Csaba Spandler, Balint Vecsei.

ENGLAND (3-4-3): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, Conor Coady, Harry Maguire; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, James Justin; Jarrod Bowen, Harry Kane, Mason Mount.

ENGLAND SUBS: Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Reece James, Jack Grealish, James Ward-Prowse, Conor Gallagher, Kalvin Phillips, Raheem Sterling, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham.

Goals:

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! Hungary lead, and it’s their key man who has done it!!! Szoboszlai steps up and smashes a low penalty towards the left-hand corner, beyond Pickford’s reach and into the net! 1-0 to the hosts, and England are really up against it now!

What does it mean? Rusty England fail to fire

At the end of a busy season, Southgate would have hoped his side’s trip to Hungary could have eased them into a busy June schedule, with theoretically tougher challenges against Germany and Italy yet to come.

But his side, picked in a 3-4-3 formation, struggled to acquit themselves, allowing their hosts to control the tempo in the Budapest heat. England were ultimately unlocked by a penalty and could not respond despite a late rally.

So, what’s next?

That win sends Hungary straight to the top of Group A3 in the Nations League, with England at the bottom for the time being.

With Italy and Germany yet to play though, England’s campaign couldn’t have got off to a worse start, and they already have a mountain to climb if they’re to reach the final stages of the tournament.

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