Wales hope of qualification suffered a blow after a late defeat at Hungary

Hungary 1-0 Wales

Wales succumbed to a late defeat in Hungary that could prove to be a severe blow to their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020.

Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, Hungary threatened from set-pieces in a goalless first half during which Wales showed fleeting signs of their attacking potential but also left themselves defensively exposed.

Ryan Giggs’ side had a glorious chance to take the lead after an hour, as David Brooks and Tom Lawrence combined to tee up Gareth Bale – but the Real Madrid forward horribly miscued his close-range effort into the hands of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

That was to prove costly as Wales failed to deal with a long ball to Hungarian striker Adam Szalai, who held off a weak challenge from James Lawrence and laid the ball on to Mate Patkai, who finished confidently to spark riotous celebrations in Budapest.

Despite starting this campaign as fourth seeds, a third successive victory takes Hungary to the top of Group E on nine points, three ahead of Slovakia and Croatia in second and third and six in front of Wales, who are now fourth.

Giggs’ men still have five games to revive their qualification prospects but to find themselves so far off the pace so early in this campaign is a cause for major concern.


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