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Ñíguez fires Spain to Hungary success

Published: Thursday 4 September 2014, 18.27CET
Hungary 0-1 Spain
Saúl Ñíguez scored the only goal as Spain maintained their 100% record in Group 4.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Pancho Aréna
Ñíguez fires Spain to Hungary success
Saúl Ñíguez strikes the only goal against Hungary ©puskasakademia.hu/BekeNorbert
Published: Thursday 4 September 2014, 18.27CET

Ñíguez fires Spain to Hungary success

Hungary 0-1 Spain
Saúl Ñíguez scored the only goal as Spain maintained their 100% record in Group 4.

A well-organised Hungary side came close to ending Spain's 100% record in UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group F, but Saúl Ñiguez broke their resistance.

Spain might have suspected their luck was out when captain Iker Muniain missed a penalty after just four minutes, but Ñiguez found his range on 66 minutes after a number of near misses, firing low under Levente Jova after Gerard Deulofeu jinked into the Hungary penalty area and found him on the edge of the area.

Muniain fired wide from the spot on four minutes after Márk Tamás was penalised for a pull on Deulofeu, and Spain looked to make amends. Denis Suárez had a shot beaten away by Jova, and looped a header over the bar within the space of three first-half minutes, but the pressure continued after the interval.

Already certain of a play-off place, Ñiguez's goal was a relief for reigning champions Spain, and they might have made it 2-0 soon afterwards, the impressive Deulofeu surging through the Hungary rearguard before Jova saved his shot from the right. Hungary's best chance came at the death, Patrik Poór hooking over the bar after Spain failed to clear a Roland Ugrai corner.

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.29CET

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Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Spain

Spain

1
JovaLevente Jova (GK)
1
PachecoFernando Pacheco (GK)
4
TamásMárk Tamás
Yellow Card4
2
Javi ManquilloJavi Manquillo
5
KelemenDávid Kelemen
3
BernatJuan Bernat
6
WindeckerJózsef Windecker (C)
Yellow Card62
Substitution75
4
Sergi GómezSergi Gómez
8
SzolnokiRoland Szolnoki
Yellow Card16
5
Marc MuniesaMarc Muniesa
Yellow Card74
9
BacsaPatrik Bacsa
Substitution69
6
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
Goal66
Yellow Card87
11
UgraiRoland Ugrai
Yellow Card90+2
7
MuniainIker Muniain (C)
Penalty4
Substitution65
13
FarkasNorbert Farkas
Substitution46
8
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Yellow Card83
Substitution85
15
PoórPatrik Poór
9
Munir El HaddadiMunir El Haddadi
Substitution77
18
BeseBarnabás Bese
10
SuárezDenis Suárez
19
VécseiBálint Vécsei
11
DeulofeuGerard Deulofeu

Substitutes

12
NagyGergely Nagy (GK)
12
JonnyJonny
3
BaráthBotond Baráth
Substitution75
13
ArrizabalagaKepa Arrizabalaga (GK)
7
SzécsiMárk Szécsi
14
PardoRubén Pardo
Substitution85
14
MárkvártDávid Márkvárt
Substitution69
15
Sergi DarderSergi Darder
16
VassPatrik Vass
Substitution46
16
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution65
21
HolenderFilip Holender
17
GayàJosé Gayà
23
JagodicsMárk Jagodics
18
PérezAyoze Pérez
Substitution77

Coach

László Dajka (HUN) Albert Celades (ESP)

Referee

Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

Assistant referees

Dvir Shimon (ISR), Mahmud Mahagna (ISR)

Fourth official

Liran Wachsberger (ISR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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