Austria 0-2 Hungary
Ádám Szalai and Zoltán Stieber gave Hungary victory against their neighbours with a clean sheet for 40-year-old goalkeeper Gábor Király.
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- Ádám Szalai and Zoltán Stieber score to give Hungary win in first EURO finals outing since 1972
- Austria's Aleksandar Dragović sent off not long after first goal
- Hungary goalkeeper Gábor Király becomes first 40-year-old to play at UEFA EURO final tournament
- Next Group F fixtures, 18 June: Iceland v Hungary, Portugal v Austria
Ádám Szalai's cool finish propelled Hungary to victory in their first appearance in a major tournament for 30 years – and their first UEFA EURO finals game since 1972.
Austria began the match favourites and David Alaba, unsurprisingly, was at the centre of their play. In the very first minute Alaba hit the post, though perhaps the best chance before the interval fell to Martin Harnik, who slipped as he looked to finish a sweeping move. The prettier football was played by Hungary, though, with László Kleinheisler standing out.
It was Kleinheisler who combined excellently with Szalai for the opener, the 28-year-old sweeping the ball in before running to the boisterous Hungary fans behind Robert Almer's goal. Not long after, Aleksandar Dragović received a second yellow card to make Austria's task even tougher and, near the end, substitute Zoltán Stieber broke clear and coolly chipped Almer before celebrating, with the 10,000-plus Hungarian supporters, a win that before the game coach Bernd Storck said would be a "miracle".
Man of the match: László Kleinheisler (Hungary)
Bremen midfielder Kleinheisler, 22, was the fulcrum of Hungary's play, not least in making the first goal. There was an intelligence and incisiveness to his play that was vital to producing this result.
Hungary true to traditions
It has not been plain sailing for Hungarian football since the glory days of the 1950s yet the class of 2016 delivered an attractive style echoing that of the Magical Magyars. As a 'derby', the match was a little feisty at times, but Hungary were seldom put off their stride once they found their feet after a tricky first few minutes.
Austria need to find feet
With Portugal up next, Austria will need to go at full pelt having shown only glimpses of their superb qualifying form in Bordeaux today. In the first hour Alaba was able to run the show yet once a goal had been conceded and the red card produced, it was clear it was not their day.
Király makes history
Király made history as the first man in his 40s to play in a EURO final tournament – he was not born when Hungary last figured in one. Having been grateful to see the ball bounce back off his post from Alaba's first-minute shot, the man in the increasingly muddy grey jogging bottoms deserved his clean sheet.
Team reporters' views from the Stade de Bordeaux
Daniel Thacker, Austria (@UEFAcomDanielT)
A nightmare start to Group F for Austria. Dragović will be suspended for the next game, Zlatko Junuzović went off injured, and Marcel Koller's side will realistically now have to take something from Saturday's fixture with Portugal to have any hope of qualification.
Matthew Watson-Broughton, Hungary (@UEFAcomMattWB)
Although Hungary had the occasional scare at the back, they were resolute and unafraid to shoot from distance, captain Balázs Dzsudzsák notably forcing Almer into a fine stop early in the second half. Then came two huge moments, firstly Szalai finishing his near two-year goal drought to put Hungary ahead, and then Austrian centre-back Dragović's dismissal for a second booking. Hungary played superbly and fully deserve all the plaudits they get.
Austria: Almer, Klein, Dragović, Hinteregger, Fuchs (c); Harnik (Schöpf 77), Baumgartlinger, Alaba, Arnautović; Junuzović (Sabitzer 59), Janko (Okotie 65)
Substitutes: Lindner, Özcan, Garics, Ilsanker, Suttner, Wimmer, Prödl, Hinterseer, Jantscher
Coach: Marcel Koller
Hungary: Király; Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kádár; Gera, Németh (Pintér 89), Nagy, Kleinheisler (Stieber 80), Dzsudzsák (c); Szalai (Priskin 69)
Substitutes: Dibusz, Gulácsi, Korhut, Elek, Böde, Lovrencsics, Nikolić, Bese, Juhász
Coach: Bernd Storck
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)