Ferenc Puskás - Budapest 15/10/2013 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group D

Hungary - Andorra
2-0
 

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Debutant Nikolić inspires Hungary win in vain

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 22.33CET
Hungary 2-0 Andorra
A goalscoring debut from Nemanja Nikolić handed Hungary a 2-0 win in their final Group D match but they missed out on a play-off spot.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Ferenc Puskás stadium
Debutant Nikolić inspires Hungary win in vain
Ádám Szalai of Hungary vies with Marcio Vieira of Andorr ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Hungary
Andorra

2

Goals scored

0

20

Total attempts

5

8

Attempts on target

1

11

off target

3

6

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

4

2

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

5

0

Red Cards

1

15

Fouls committed

13

13

Fouls suffered

15

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2013 11:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

  
Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 22.33CET

Debutant Nikolić inspires Hungary win in vain

Hungary 2-0 Andorra
A goalscoring debut from Nemanja Nikolić handed Hungary a 2-0 win in their final Group D match but they missed out on a play-off spot.

A goalscoring debut from Nemanja Nikolić gave Hungary a 2-0 win in their final FIFA World Cup qualifying Group D match but they missed out on a play-off spot.

Hungary will look back on the 92nd-minute goal conceded against Romania in Budapest in March, which turned a victory into a draw, as the defining moment in this campaign and tonight's match against Andorra was played with a sense of foreboding at what was to come. Sure enough Hungary won, but Romania's 2-0 defeat of Estonia gave them the all-important runners-up place.

If the first half was scrappy, both sides emerged with renewed vigour after the break and Cristian Martínez nearly gave Andorra a shock lead at the start of the second half – his low 20-metre drive flying wide. Hungary, predictably dominant for long periods, soon capitalised, Nikolić heading down into the far right side of the net from Balázs Dszudszák's left-wing cross from the byline.

Vladimir Koman might have extended the home team's lead but placed the ball wide of the right post having beaten the offside trap. No matter: Nikolić then pressured Ildefons Lima into slicing the ball over Andorra goalkeeper Ferran Pol and into the net after another dangerous centre from the left by Dzsudzsák. Andorra's misery was compounded near the end when Moises San Nicolas was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Last updated: 08/05/14 2.35CET

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