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A superb Balázs Dzsudzsák free-kick denied Romania victory in the neighbours' first Group F meeting, and Hungary will be eager to take more off their rivals in the rematch.

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Hungary will look to reel in their neighbours as third faces first in Group F, with Romania boasting the best defensive record in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.

Previous meetings
• A superb Balázs Dzsudzsák free-kick cancelled out Raul Rusescu's opener as Hungary held their neighbours to a 1-1 draw in their first Group F meeting. There were 12 bookings in the match – more than in any other game in the first six rounds of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.

Hungary's overall record in 21 senior games against their neighbours is W10 D7 L4. Those matches include a 1972 UEFA European Championship quarter-final replay, which Hungary won 2-1 on neutral territory in Belgrade. They do not include Romania's 3-0 victory against Hungary in the 2004 Cyprus international tournament, since such fixtures are not recognised as official FIFA internationals.

Hungary had much the better of the teams' early exchanges; Romania beat Hungary for the first time at the 15th attempt, in a UEFA European Championship qualifier on 5 June 1999 – the second game in an eight-match (W5 D3) unbeaten sequence against their neighbours which persists to this day.

Hungary forward Zoltán Gera is absent through suspension. Balázs Dzsudzsák and Roland Juhász are both a booking away from a one-game ban.

• Mihai Pintilii serves a one-match ban. Romania duo Alexandru Chipciu and Gabriel Torje are a yellow card away from a suspension.

Form guide
Hungary are unbeaten in five competitive games (W3 D2) since opening their campaign with a 2-1 loss at home to Northern Ireland.

Hungary have not scored more than once in a Group F match yet; they have struck one goal in five of their six contests.

Romania have the meanest defence in qualifying, having conceded just once in their opening six fixtures; they are also the only unbeaten side left in Group F.

Romania have yet to concede in three Group F away games (W2 D1).

Trivia and links
• Tamás Priskin's next game for Hungary will be his 50th.

• The nations have met in 23 UEFA age-group tournament games, with both possessing the record W11 D1 L11. However, seven of the eight most recent matches have been won by the Romanians.

• Romanian clubs have had marginally the better of their ten UEFA competition encounters with Hungarian counterparts: W6 D0 L4. The countries' teams also met six times in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the non-UEFA affiliated precursor to the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League: each nation posted three wins.