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Morata edges wasteful Spain past Hungary

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 0.37CET
Spain 1-0 Hungary
Álvaro Morata's seventh goal in qualifying was enough for the holders to edge past Antal Róth's side and pull clear in Group 4.
by Alberto Infantes Sánchez
from Municipal de Cartagonova
Morata edges wasteful Spain past Hungary
Álvaro Morata (right) has seven goals in four qualifying games ©Getty Images

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Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 0.37CET

Morata edges wasteful Spain past Hungary

Spain 1-0 Hungary
Álvaro Morata's seventh goal in qualifying was enough for the holders to edge past Antal Róth's side and pull clear in Group 4.

Álvaro Morata scored for the fourth successive game as holders Spain maintained their perfect start to Group 4 with a narrow win against Hungary.

The Real Madrid CF forward headed in his seventh goal in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying after just nine minutes to pull Julen Lopetegui's team clear of second-placed Austria in the section. After starting with two wins, Hungary have suffered successive defeats but things could have been different had Krisztián Adorján's second-half effort found the net instead of being deflected onto the woodwork.

That came against the run of play as holders Spain dominated throughout in Cartagena but were unable to build on the lead created when Morata met Pablo Sarabia's perfect cross from the left. Sarabia was excellent throughout, a constant thorn in the Hungary side, but the hosts were unable to create a cushion.

Juan Bernat, Iker Muniain and Morata were denied by Levente Jova before half-time while Oliver Torres ought to have made more of Sarabia's cross. It was all Spain, but any notion of complacency was quashed on the hour when Adorján's shot was cleared off the line via the bar by Daniel Carvajal.

Spain took tighter control of the game and though they did not really look like adding to their advantage – an opening for Morata aside – 1-0 proved enough.

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.53CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Hungary

Hungary

1
PachecoFernando Pacheco (GK)
1
JovaLevente Jova (GK)
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
3
BaráthBotond Baráth
3
BernatJuan Bernat
4
LangÁdám Lang
4
AmatJordi Amat
5
KelemenDávid Kelemen
5
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
6
WindeckerJózsef Windecker (C)
Yellow Card31
6
CampañaJosé Campaña
9
BacsaPatrik Bacsa
Yellow Card70
Substitution73
7
MuniainIker Muniain (C)
14
HolmanDávid Holman
Substitution87
8
SusoSuso
15
PoórPatrik Poór
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Goal9
Substitution90
17
SzakályAttila Szakály
Yellow Card67
10
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres
Substitution79
19
VécseiBálint Vécsei
Yellow Card90+1
11
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution63
20
AdorjánKrisztián Adorján
Substitution90+2

Substitutes

13
SotresDani Sotres (GK)
12
DombóDávid Dombó (GK)
12
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
2
OtigbaKenneth Otigba
14
InsuaInsua
7
RadóAndrás Radó
Substitution90+2
15
PardoRubén Pardo
Substitution63
Yellow Card65
10
VernesRichárd Vernes
Substitution87
16
Carles GilCarles Gil
11
UgraiRoland Ugrai
Substitution73
17
JeséJesé
Substitution90
13
TamásMárk Tamás
18
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu
Substitution79
21
Kleinheisler László Kleinheisler

Coach

Julen Lopetegui (ESP) Antal Róth (HUN)

Referee

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Assistant referees

Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Petr Blažej (CZE)

Fourth official

Zbynek Proske (CZE)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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