Hungary produced a Euro 2016 shock with a win over 10-man Austria as both teams opened their campaigns in France.
Austria almost scored the quickest ever goal at the Euros but David Alaba’s shot after 28 seconds hit the post.
Hungary contained their rivals and took the lead when Adam Szalai slotted in Laszlo Kleinheiser’s pass.
A disappointing Austria had Aleksandar Dragovic sent off for a second bookable offense before Zoltan Steiber sealed Hungary’s win with a composed dink.
Memorable win for Magyars
Hungary were back at a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup and triumphed by virtue of superior work-rate, organization and quality.
They might not have had as many household names as their rivals but they had more of a team ethic and were rewarded when Szalai – having been involved in the build-up twice – put them in front. In the closing moments Steiber coolly lifted the ball over the keeper to seal the win.
It was also a memorable day for Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly, 40, who overtook Lothar Matthaus’ record to become the oldest player to appear at a European Championship finals.
He defied his years when he dived low to his left to save Junuzovic’s deflected shot but, overall, he had little to do.
Former West Brom and Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera, 37, was an influential presence for Hungary in midfield as he made the most tackles of any player on the way to a famous win for his country.
The stats you need to know
- Szalai’s goal was his first for club or country since December 2014, when he netted for Hoffenheim against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
- It was also Szalai’s first goal in 41 matches.
- Austria have gone 13 games without a clean sheet at a major tournament, last keeping one against Algeria at the 1982 World Cup.
Hungary’s next game is in Marseille where they take on Iceland at 17:00 BST on Saturday, 18 June, while Austria are in Paris to take on Portugal at 20:00 BST on the same day.