Hungary defeated Bulgaria 3-1 yesterday evening in Sofia. The team is now only one match away from making it into the European Championships, which Hungary is co-hosting.
Hungary will play the decisive match against Iceland in Budapest on November 12th. If they are victorious, they will be able to play two of their Euros group stage matches at home in Puskás Arena. Mind you, they will be up against Portugal, the defending champions, and France, the previous finalists and current world champions. The third predetermined member of the group, to be played against in their own Allianz arena, is the similarly daunting Germany.
After the match against Bulgaria, Hungary’s coach Marco Rossi said that he had felt uncomfortable throughout the match.
“The team was not exactly playing like it did in previous matches. The pressure was greater, which led to more individual mistakes.”
Rossi told the Hungarian Football Association that the team won because they were lucky.
“This is the first time since I became coach that we achieved a good result with a weak performance.”
At the post-match press conference, he noted that fortunately, “…these are things we don’t have to care about afterwards. No team can win a match when they don’t deserve it.”
This was Hungary’s first away win against Bulgaria in 63 years.
Featured photo from the Hungarian Football Association’s (MLSZ) Facebook page.