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Futsal: Hungary Qualifies To European Championship After Stunning Victory Over Romania – Video!


Hungary’s indoor soccer team qualified for the 2016 Futsal European Championship in Serbia in sensational style yesterday by coming back to defeat arch-rival Romania 4-3 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate thanks to a last-second winner from Zoltán Dróth. Hungary’s match-winner said after the game that it was a “great thing to qualify for a European championships, particularly because a match against Romania is always important for our whole country.” “Winning it in the last few seconds though really is a fairytale”, Dróth added in a sensational mood.

 Németh Péter; Dróth Zoltán; Al-Ioani, Ion

Dróth’s striking partner Ákos Harnish had opened the scoring for Hungary as early as the 3rd minute with a neat finish from a half-cleared corner but he was sent off for handball inside the penalty area in the 24th minute and the resulting penalty was dispatched confidently by Romania’s Florin Matei. He then scored again to give the visitors the lead on aggregate, only for Ádám Hosszú to knock in Dróth’s pass at the back post and take the game into extra-time. Matei scored a third early on in the first period but just as it seemed that the tie had been all but decided, Dróth took centre-stage, first scoring with a low shot from 12 metres from Norbert Öreglaki’s sideways pass before heading in Norbert Öreglaki’s hopeful long-ball in the very last second of the match to spark wild celebrations amongst the players and a raucous crowd of 3,573 fans.

Hungary’s head coach, Sito Rivera, said after the game that he knew how important this victory is to the Hungarian fans. “My players fought til the end, they didn’t give up the struggle and there’s no better way to win this two-legged tie”, the Spaniard said. “We worked and practised so hard in these last few weeks – the players tried everything to bring this out on the pitch in these two matches and in every way we deserved this victory today. I have been a coach for thirty years and have seen these kinds of last-second winners before – this can happen in futsal. Even with six seconds to go and the ball in your defensive half you still have a chance, so I still believed something could happen”, Rivera added.

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European Championship play-off second leg:
Hungary-Romania 4-3 after extra time (6-5 on aggregate)
Hungary: Tóth Gyula – Trencsényi János, Dávid Richárd, Lovas Norbert, Rábl János
Substitutes: Tihanyi Csaba (goalkeeper), Gál István, Öreglaki Norbert, Szeghy Szabolcs, Hosszú Ádám, Komáromi Péter, Németh Péter, Harnisch Ákos, Dróth Zoltán.
Romania: Iancu – M. Matei, Ignat, F. Matei, Lupu
Substitutes: Tonita (goalkeeper), Al-Ioani, Sotarca, Ignat, Panzaru, Raducu, Manya, Szöcs, Csoma, Stoica.
source: and photos: Zsolt Czeglédi – MTI