Preview: Austria v Hungary
Monday, 13 June 2016
Neighbours Austria and Hungary face off for the 138th time – but the first in a final tournament since 1934 – and Marcel Koller is confident while Bernd Storck wants a "miracle".
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- Neighbours face off in first final tournament encounter for 82 years
- Hungary hold edge in their past contests (W66 D31 L40)
- Austria currently on nine-game competitive winning streak
- Hungary goalkeeper Gábor Kiraly set to become first 40-year-old to play at UEFA EURO finals
- Follow our team reporters for the inside track: @UEFAcomDanielT and @UEFAcomMattWB
- Other game in Group F: Portugal v Iceland (21.00CET Tuesday, Saint-Etienne)
Austria: Almer; Klein, Dragović, Prödl, Fuchs; Alaba, Baumgartlinger; Harnik, Junuzović, Arnautović; Janko.
Hungary: Király; Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kádár; Gera, Nagy; Dzsudzsák, Kleinheisler, Németh; Szalai.
Out: Lovrencsics (knee)
Doubtful: Kádár (ankle)
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Marcel Koller, Austria coach
Everyone's fit. We've had a great preparation period and I think it's time to finally get started. We hope to really be able to play as we want; of course there will be a few nerves but we hope we can quickly find our best playing style. [Hungary] are very strong at the back. They also attack very well and are good on the counter. Clearly I'm familiar with the history [of the fixture]. You could say it's a sort of derby.
Bernd Storck, Hungary coach
This is a historic game – to be here [facing Austria] after such a long time. Unfortunately, Gergő Lovrencsics will miss the game. He's got a bad knee injury and maybe we'll have to replace him – we will see tomorrow. With Tamás Kádár, I am confident he will be able to train today in this wonderful stadium. We will see and hopefully he can play tomorrow.
I expect the same as we have seen in recent games, especially against Germany and Ivory Coast, from a defensive point of view: we were well-organised and disciplined. And we also have to score. We want to win and we have to score. This is very important for us. [A victory] would be unbelievable – it's the first game and it would be a miracle coming against the favourites [for this match], Austria. It would also be fantastic for the upcoming games. It would give us confidence for the next match and it would be amazing.
UEFA.com team reporters
Daniel Thacker, Austria (@UEFAcomDanielT)
Despite a friendly defeat by the Netherlands prior to departing for France, the Austrian squad have been in relaxed mood since arriving last Wednesday. An unbeaten qualifying campaign and superior individual quality should give them the edge over Hungary; the only question mark surrounding the line-up is whether Martin Harnik or Marcel Sabitzer will start on the right of midfield.
Matthew Watson-Broughton, Hungary (@UEFAcomMattWB)
After a 44-year wait Hungary are finally taking part in another EURO and it’s easy to sense they're itching to get back on the pitch. Late injuries to Kádár and Lovrencsics are a concern but will not be allowed to affect Storck’s detailed planning. Goalkeeper Gábor Király will become the oldest ever player at a EURO, while it will be interesting to see if Ádám Szalai – without a goal in all competitions since December 2014 – retains his place as the lone striker.
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Their first competitive tussle came at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where Austria overcame Hungary 2-1 in Bologna to reach the semi-finals. That remains the countries' only final tournament meeting. Find out more in our extensive match background.
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