Euro2020 Qualifiers: Hungary Beats Wales, Stands at Top of Group E
Fanni Kaszás 2019.06.12.
Last night the Hungarian national football team beat Wales 1-0 in a game hosted by Budapest’s Groupama Arena with a late goal by Máté Pátkai. Despite starting as fourth seeds, the victory took Marco Rossi’s team to the top of the Euro2020 qualifying Group E.
Late in the game – mainly dominated by the home team but with missed opportunities from both sides – with only 10 minutes remaining of the game, Hungarian striker Ádám Szalai, held off a weak challenge from James Lawrence and passed the ball on to Máté Pátkai, who scored the decisive goal. Pátkai scored his first international goal back in March in a Euro 2020 qualifying game against World Cup silver-medalist Croatia in the match’s 76th minute, securing a 2-1 victory.
With this latest victory, the Hungarian team has now won each of their last five home matches across all competitions. Although the team was seeded fourth, with their third successive victory, they are at the top of the Euro 2020 qualifying group E, with nine points, three points ahead of Slovakia and World Cup silver-medalist Croatia in second and third place; and six points in front of Wales, now in fourth place. This past weekend, Hungary beat Azerbaijan 3-1 with two goals from Willi Orbán and a debut goal by Dávid Holman, extending their flawless record against Azerbaijan to six matches.
The Hungarian team’s next qualifier will be on September 9th at home against Slovakia.