Hungary grabbed a valuable point in Bucharest, which keeps the Hungarian hopes alive for the rest of the EURO 2016 campaign. Balázs Dzsudzsák’s superbly flighted free-kick for Hungary took the gloss off a positive Romania performance as Raul Rusescu’s first international goal failed to earn his side three UEFA EURO 2016 Group F points. Romania beat their neighbours 3-0 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier last year and looked to be on their way to another victory when FC Steaua Bucureşti forward Rusescu finished coolly just before the interval. However, Dzsudzsák bent a tremendous effort inside Ciprian Tătăruşanu’s right-hand post on 82 minutes to square things up.
Lucian Sănmărtean put in a starring performance, as the 34-year-old’s class told on the stroke of half-time as he picked out Raț on the left wing, and the Romania captain steered the ball back across for Rusescu to score his first goal in his sixth outing for his country. Things changed after the break, since Hungary showed rather more initiative in the second half, while Romania took their foot off the accelerator a bit. Hungary did rally and Dzsudzsák’s splendid set piece from 25 metres got them their first Group F point. Dzsudzsák’s free kick broke a negative record as well: Hungary had not been able to score in Bucharest since 1972.
After the game, the Hungarian winger told the press: “Honestly speaking I don’t know if I am satisfied or not. Taking into consideration only the big opportunity missed by [Nemanja] Nikolić in the last minute, I should be sad. But overall I am satisfied with this point.” Debuting head coach Pál Dárdai praised the attitude his team showed: “If we had scored first, maybe we would have won. I am very satisfied with how we played in midfield, how we closed the spaces and how we won the ball in that area, but the attack did not work – we did not manage to continue and to develop moves. But I am not worried, because after two or three matches the attack will work as well.”
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