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Hungary stung by Northern Ireland rally

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.02CET
Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland
Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty conspired to deny the hosts a Group F win after Tamás Priskin headed Attila Pintér's side in front.
by Matthew Watson-Broughton
from Ferencváros Aréna

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Match statistics

HungaryNorthern Ireland

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts13
 
8
on target4
 
4
off target3
 
3
blocked6
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
2
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
19
Fouls suffered18
 
13

Standings

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 20.02CET

Hungary stung by Northern Ireland rally

Hungary 1-2 Northern Ireland
Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty conspired to deny the hosts a Group F win after Tamás Priskin headed Attila Pintér's side in front.

• Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty combine for both the visitors' goals
• First competitive away win since September 2010 for Northern Ireland
• Tamás Priskin (75) header not enough to secure home victory
• Attila Pintér's first competitive match as Hungary coach ends badly
• Next games: Romania v Hungary, Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands (11 October)

Niall McGinn and Kyle Lafferty were Hungary's tormentors as Northern Ireland kicked off UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group F with a 2-1 victory in Budapest.

Tamás Priskin's 75th-minute header had put the home side in front, but Attila Pintér's first competitive match as Hungary coach was to end in defeat. First, Norwich City FC forward Lafferty broke free to cross from the left and set up McGinn for an easy tap-in on 81 minutes, then McGinn's ball from the right was bundled into the net by a combination of Lafferty and defender Vilmos Vanczák on 88 minutes.

Hungary had initially lined up in an 3-4-3 formation before quickly switching to 4-4-2 to release their wingers from defensive duties. Goalmouth action was at a premium, Balázs Dzsudzsák's early poke from Ádám Gyurcsó's cut-back being the closest the home team came before the break, while Corry Evans could only loft the ball over the bar once Jamie Ward had seen his shot blocked by Hungarian goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi.

Hungary's Gergely Rudolf squared for substitute Gergő Lovrencsics to fire goalward on the hour, yet Carroll tipped the ball around the left post. Winger Lovrencsics also saw a powerful drive held by Carroll before Rudolf curled the ball narrowly over as Hungary cranked up the pressure.

That pressure finally told when another substitute, Priskin, planted a close-range header past Carroll from Dzsudzsák's inswinging corner – but Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland turned the tables as the clock ticked down to post their first competitive away win since September 2010.

Last updated: 09/09/15 9.26CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013817/postmatch/report/index.html#last+laugh+lafferty

Lineups

Hungary

Hungary

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

12
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
3
VanczákVilmos Vanczák
Yellow Card35
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
5
LiptákZoltán Lipták
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
Substitution72
7
DzsudzsákBalázs Dzsudzsák (C)
6
BairdChris Baird
8
J. VargaJózsef Varga
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
10
RudolfGergely Rudolf
Substitution70
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Goal88
11
TőzsérDániel Tőzsér
11
BruntChris Brunt
14
BaloghBalázs Balogh
13
C. EvansCorry Evans
15
GyurcsóÁdám Gyurcsó
Substitution58
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
Yellow Card44
Substitution79
17
NikolićNemanja Nikolić
Substitution46
18
HughesAaron Hughes
23
JuhászRoland Juhász
19
WardJamie Ward
Substitution66

Substitutes

1
BogdánÁdám Bogdán (GK)
23
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
22
DibuszDénes Dibusz (GK)
12
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
2
HefflerTibor Heffler
3
D. LaffertyDaniel Lafferty
4
LangÁdám Lang
5
CathcartCraig Cathcart
Substitution72
6
KorhutMihály Korhut
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution66
Goal81
9
LovrencsicsGergő Lovrencsics
Substitution58
9
McKayBilly McKay
Substitution79
13
KalmárZsolt Kalmár
14
McCulloughLuke McCullough
16
R. VargaRoland Varga
15
GriggWill Grigg
18
KovácsIstván Kovács
Substitution70
17
FergusonShane Ferguson
19
PriskinTamás Priskin
Substitution46
Goal75
20
LittleAndrew Little
20
ZsidaiLászló Zsidai
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
21
KorcsmárZsolt Korcsmár
22
PatonPaul Paton

Coach

Attila Pintér (HUN) Michael O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Deniz Aytekin (GER)

Assistant referees

Guido Kleve (GER), Marco Achmüller (GER)

Fourth official

Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Marco Fritz (GER), Christian Dingert (GER)

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