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Gera treble takes Hungary top

Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET
Hungary 3-0 San Marino Substitute Zoltán Gera's second-half hat-trick downs San Marino.

Match statistics

HungarySan Marino

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 16 October 2002, 21.00CET

Gera treble takes Hungary top

Hungary 3-0 San Marino Substitute Zoltán Gera's second-half hat-trick downs San Marino.

Substitute Zoltán Gera fired a second-half hat-trick to lead Hungary to a 3-0 win over San Marino at the Megyeri úti stadium in Budapest tonight and take his side to the top of EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 4.

On top
Hungary are ahead of Latvia on goal difference with four points from two matches, one point more than Poland, their next Group 4 opponents whom they face in March. Imre Gellei's side were looking to build on their impressive draw away in Sweden on Saturday, but were frustrated by San Marino during the first half, and it was not until the introduction of Gera that the game turned their way.

Overhead kick
Hungary were restricted to a couple of half-chances in the opening period, but the home fans were brought to life four minutes after the restart when Gera broke the deadlock with a spectacular overhead kick from eight metres.

Double up
Hungary doubled their lead on 61 minutes, Gera this time striking powerfully into the top corner with his left foot from 16 metres after being picked out by midfield player Pál Dárdai.

Gera hat-trick
San Marino offered little in attack. Their best chance of note came on 32 minutes when Hungary keeper Gábor Király comfortably collected Andy Salva's strike from distance, and the result was already beyond doubt when Gera completed his hat-trick a minute from time. Strike partner Attila Tököli was the provider, crossing for Gera to head in Hungary's third.

'Harder than we expected'
Despite Hungary's dominance throughout the match, Gellei was impressed by San Marino's fighting spirit, but in particular Gera's application after coming off the bench to win his side the match. "We knew that it would be tough, but it was harder than we expected," the Hungary coach said. "The substitute's job is to save the team and Gera did just that."

Last updated: 17/10/02 1.34CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

San Marino

San Marino

1
KirályGábor Király
1
F GasperoniFederico Gasperoni
2
FehérCsaba Fehér
2
GennariMirko Gennari
3
DragónerAttila Dragóner
3
C. ValentiniCarlo Valentini
Yellow Card67
Substitution81
4
LöwZsolt Löw
4
Albani N.Nicola Albani
5
GyepesGábor Gyepes
5
GobbiLuca Gobbi
6
UrbánFlórián Urbán
Yellow Card58
6
S. BacciocchiSimone Bacciocchi
7
TököliAttila Tököli
7
MorettiLorenzo Moretti
Substitution55
8
DárdaiPál Dárdai
Substitution78
8
Mic. MaraniMichele Marani
9
KeneseiKrisztián Kenesei
Substitution46
9
MuccioliRiccardo Muccioli
Substitution73
10
LisztesKrisztián Lisztes
Substitution84
10
SelvaAndy Selva
11
LipcseiPéter Lipcsei
11
VannucciDamiano Vannucci
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

12
BabosGábor Babos
12
CeccoliMichele Ceccoli
13
GeraZoltán Gera
Substitution46
Goal49
Goal60
Goal85
16
MontagnaPaolo Montagna
Substitution73
16
MiriutaLászló Miriuta
Substitution84
17
R SelvaRoberto Selva
Substitution55
Yellow Card64
18
FehérMiklós Fehér
Substitution78
18
ZonziniErmanno Zonzini
Substitution81
14
BöőrZoltán Böőr
13
G. BolliniGianluca Bollini
15
KorolovszkyGábor Korolovszky
14
De LuigiMarco De Luigi
17
JuhárTamás Juhár
15
MaraniManuel Marani

Coach

Imre Gellei (HUN) Giampaolo Mazza (SMR)

Referee

Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

Assistant referees

Einar Gudmundsson (ISL), Sigurdur Thor Thorsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

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