Wales fall to late defeat in Hungary
Wales succumbed to a late defeat in Hungary which 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.
More to follow.
- Referee :
- Matej Jug
- Home 54%
- Away 46%
- Home 11
- Away 8
- Shots on Target
- Home 3
- Away 4
- Home 6
- Away 3
- Home 15
- Away 16
Match ends, Hungary 1, Wales 0.
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.
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).
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, Hungary. Barnabás Bese replaces Dominik Szoboszlai.
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! Hungary 1, Wales 0. Máté Pátkai (Hungary) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Tom Lawrence.
Foul by Mihály Korhut (Hungary).