Hungary will host the national team of Faroe Islands on Thursday night in front of about 20000 enthusiastic fans as UEFA’s Appeals Committee has suspended the body’s original decision to sanction Hungary with a home game played behind closed gates due to an appeal lodged by the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ).
UEFA said, however, it would further examine the evidence of the controversial Hungary v Romania match last month, a decision which means that while the threat of sanctions has not been withdrawn. The further time needed to consider the case means that in the meantime spectators can be admitted to the Groupama Stadion in Budapest for Thursday’s final home EURO 2016 group-stage qualifier against the Faroe Islands.
The Hungarian team need to be patient against the well-organised and dangerous opponent, which should not be underestimated, according the national team’s head coach Bernd Storck. The German trainer said the team was relishing the opportunity to play in front of its supporters. “We want to win the game, because we need three points to ensure that we will finish at least in the third place of the group”, Storck added referring to the play-off stage involving the third-placed teams of the qualifications.
However, Hungary still have a long shot at qualifying directly for UEFA EURO 2016, if group rivals Romania or Northern Ireland fail to win their next games. “In order to win the game, we need to score goals, therefore we will attack as much as we can”, Storck said. “Hopefully we will have good chance, because our strikers are in good form”, he added.
20:45 is is the time for the final home match against the Faroe Islands at the Groupama Aréna. According to news agency MTI, Hungary will play 4-4-2 with the following starting eleven: Gábor Király – Attila Fiola, Roland Juhász, Richárd Guzmics, Tamás Kádár – Zsolt Kalmár, Zoltán Gera, Ákos Elek, Balázs Dzsudzsák – Nemanja Nikolics, Dániel Böde.
With Nikolics and Böde holding the top scorer title currently in the Polish and Hungarian leagues respectively, and substitute forward Krisztián Németh shines for Kansas City in MLS, the Hungarian fans have all the reasons to expect a victory tonight. Three days later Hungary will play their last group match against Greece in Athens.
source and photos: mlsz.hu and MTI