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Hungary deny Denmark EURO 1964 third place in extra time

Hungary 3-1 Denmark
Denmark forced extra time but Dezsö Novák secured the bronze medal.

Hungary won Olympic footballing gold in 1964
Hungary won Olympic footballing gold in 1964 Popperfoto via Getty Images

Hungary needed extra time to beat Denmark 3-1 and finish third at the 1964 UEFA European Championship.

Defeated by holders Spain in the last four, Hungary were firm favourites for the bronze medal against a Denmark side which had been outclassed by holders the Soviet Union in the semi-finals. Both teams looked set to stick to the script when Ferenc Bene applied the finishing touch to a fine move involving the instrumental Flórián Albert.

EURO 1964: All you need to know

The floodgates were expected to open but Denmark clung on before capitalising on Hungarian laxness late on, Kálmán Ihász allowing Carl Bertelsen to reach Ole Sørensen's pass. Hungary finally asserted their authority in extra time, though, Dezsö Novák coming up from the back to score with a penalty and a free-kick.

EURO 1964: Team of the Tournament


Hungary: Szentmihályi; Novák, Mészöly, Ihász; Solymosi, Sipos; Farkas, Varga; Albert, Bene (c), Fenyvesi
Substitutes: none
Coach: Lajos Baróti

Denmark: Leif Nielsen; Wolmar, Kaj Hansen, Bent Hansen, Larsen; Erling Nielsen, Bertelsen, Sørensen; Madsen (c), Thorst, Danielsen
Substitutes: none
Coach: Poul Petersen

Referee: Daniel Mellet (Switzerland)