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Hungary - Wales
Euro Qualifying - 12 June 2019
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There goes the full-time whistle. A body blow for Wales' hopes of reaching Euro 2020. The Hungary fans celebrate. It's been a bruising night in Budapest for Wales.
It's been a desperate few days for them as they end up empty-handed from their two away games in June. Gareth Bale missed a glorious chance at 0-0, and then you felt it would be one of those nights.
Hungary are almost there as they sit in and invite Wales onto them. Davies works the ball wide to James his deep cross finds its way to Wilson.
His cross is blocked before Bale rises to meet Gunter's centre but his header is straight at Gulácsi. That should be it.
CHANCE!!!! Wales have the free-kick as Ben Davies works it into the box, Ashley Williams swings his boot at it to guide it towards Bale but the ball is taken off him by Szalai!
BOOKED! Korhut goes into the book for cynically stopping Bale from taking a quick throw-in. We're into four added minutes at the Groupama Arena.
- Yellow cardBen DaviesWales
Wales really need to stay composed now as they are thankful for the linesman's flag when Szalai was actually onside from Varga's ball before it was flashed wide.
BOOKED! Just to add salt into the wound, Ben Davies is now booked for a foul on Bese.
CHANCE!! Brilliant free-kick from the left as Varga just can't find Szalai with Hennessey all at sea. This is only going one way at the moment.
WIDE! Hungary are in the mood now and the crowd have responded as the goalscorer Patkai feeds the ball wide to Lovrencsics, but his shot from distance doesn't trouble Hennessey.
- OffDominik SzoboszlaiHungary
- OnBarnabás BeseHungary
SUB! Hungary make their third and final change as a defender Bese comes on for the creative Szoboszlai. One thought on manager Cosimo Ignuscio's mind now.
- Yellow cardJames LawrenceWales
BOOKED! It's been a disastrous few minutes for James Lawrence as he is yellow-carded after bringing down Kleinheisler. Ben Davies was there on the cover to spare him the red but he got himself into all sorts of danger. Wales need to stay composed.
- GoalMáté PátkaiHungary
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!! Hungary 1-0 Wales.
Wales are staring down the barrel of back-to-back defearts now as Máté Pátkai - who scored the winner here against Croatia - may have just done the same against Wales. The referee plays a good advantage after James Lawrence has his arms all over Szalai, and Patkai comes onto it to finish despite Davies' best efforts!
- OffTom LawrenceWales
- OnSam VokesWales
SUB! Here's a change in approach from Wales as Sam Vokes emerges from the bench in place of Tom Lawrence. He'll provide an aerial threat for the final 11 minutes or so.
OFF THE LINE! These are nervy moments for Wales as they look really uneasy with a miscommunication between Hennessey and Bale from the resulting corner leading to Joe Allen doing really well to hook the ball off the line from Orban unorthodox attempt!
SAVE! Hungary are coming right back into this now as the substitute Kleinheisler produces a fierce shot. It's moving viciously and it's a very good ave from Hennessey!
- OffDavid BrooksWales
- OnHarry WilsonWales
SUB! Giggs looks to inject some energy into his front line as Harry Wilson enters for the final 17 minutes or so in place of David Brooks.
Hungary show their threat down the right as Lovrencsics goes through the gears down the right, Williams stumbles as he clears, and Davies completes the job.
- OffBalázs DzsudzsákHungary
- OnLászló KleinheislerHungary
SUB! Hungary make their second change and it's the captain Dzsudzsák who departs, replaced by Lazlo Kleinheisler as Szalai takes the armband. His influence has faded this half.
Hungary haven't created much in this second half and it is Wales, having conserved their energy in the opening period, who are coming on strongly now as Lawrence wins his side a corner.
Brooks' inswinger is towards Williams, the ball is cleared as far as Allen but again his volley is skewed over.
OFFSIDE! Bale will be desperate to get that miss out of his system as Lawrence threads a ball through to Bale but he has just gone a split-second too soon, as the lineman's flag goes up before he strikes the bar.
He got ahead of the ball with his glorious chance and got his shot on his weaker foot all wrong. His rustiness n front of goal showed there.
WHAT A MISS! I can't believe Gareth Bale has missed this. Wales are clean throuhg after excellent work from Brooks sets up Lawrence... Bale waits for it in the middle but he can't catch the ball across goal right as he completely scuffs his shot into the ground and into the arms of Gulácsi.
- OffFilip HolenderHungary
- OnRoland VargaHungary
SUB! Roland Varga is on in place of Holender as Hungary make their first change. He will come and play on this right-hand side.
Dan James makes a total mess of Wales' first corner as it trickles into the near post, but he shows his pace moments later to get to the byline and fizz his cross into the gloves of Gulácsi at the near post. He's looked electrifying so far tonight.
BIG CHANCE!! Dominik Szoboszlai knows he must do better here. The ball is worked over to the far side by Lovrencsics. Larwenece's header is initially good, before Brooks doesn't put enough pressure on Szoboszlai but his shot is always rising!!
- OffEthan AmpaduWales
- OnMatthew SmithWales
I must report that the second half has been all a bit of a nonsense so far, regrettably, as now Dzsudzsák goes down holding his face after getting too close to James. It's a Wales free-kick, and the Hungarian captain is told to get up.
SUB! Giggs makes his first change and it's Ampadu who comes off as on comes Matthew Smith. It looks like a recurrence of Ampadu's back problem.
FOULS! Nagy has to be careful as moments after collecting a yellow card, he clumsily goes through the back of Tom Lawrence. Ampadu is late in his aerial challenge on Pátkai to continue the early theme to this second half.
- Yellow cardÁdám NagyHungary
BOOKED! Wales look to counter-attack with the lively James but he is crudely stopped by Ádám Nagy. Referee Matej Jug says you're not going to get away with that and shows him the yellow card.
Hungary survive an early long throw from Bale before the Real Madrid man is penalised for a foul on Willi Orban.
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We're back up and running. Hungary haven't lost a competitive game here in nearly two years, when Portugal came to the Groupama Arena and won in September 2017. What does the second half have in store?
As it stands, Hungary are moving top of Group E with seven points - one ahead of Slovakia and Croatia - while Wales would stay in fourth - three points behind Hungary having played one game fewer.
Hungary have had marginally more possession - 52 to 48 - but it is Wales who have managed to find the target with two of their three attempts, while the hosts have yet to test Wayne Hennessey from their three shots.
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Wales survive the final long throw from Dzsudzsák as Ampadu makes a telling contribution and ther referee brings the first half to an end.
Wales have shown signs of threat through James, and we have an intriguing second 45 minutes ahead.
We're very nearly at half-time as Brooks fails to win his side a corner. The man with the loudspeaker will be delighted that the interval is very nearly upon us as the fourth official indicates an additional one minute.
CLOSE! Szalai does really well to take this ball down and work it out left to Dzsudzsák. You don't want to afford him space on this, but he nearly picks out the onrushing Szoboszlai but Hennessey does well to get something on the deflected cross and the ball is eventually cleared.
- Yellow cardMáté PátkaiHungary
BOOKED! Máté Pátkai is over zealous with his attempts to regain possession off Ben Davies, and the yellow card comes out for the first time.
FOUL! Jeers from the home fans as the referee awards James a free-kick after he goes down under a challenge from Nagy.
James gets up to stand over this, with Brooks for company. The two of them appear to have a mix up, and in the end Brooks' cross is easily cleared.
SIDE-NETTING! Down the other end, Orban looks to make himself a nuissance as he rises to meet the near post corner from Balázs Dzsudzsák, but he flashes his header into the side-netting.
OVER! Here's Wales' first shot in a while, and it's not a good one as Joe Allen swings his left foot after reading the headed clearancw well, but he gets his execution all wrong.
Davies' delivery towards Bale is deemed to have come off the Welshman as the referee awards Hungary the goal-kick. Orban marshalled him well. Disappointing end to a promising position.
More nice football from Hungary as Patkai turns the ball around the corner but the referee says there is no foul from Allen on Holender as Wales clear.
This time Wales do get the free-kick as Brooks is caught by Nagy. What can they do with this? Ashley Williams goes forward...
WOOPS! This isn't one that Máté Pátkai will want to watch again as he goes for the spectacular overhead kick from Dzsudzsák's cross but he doesn't get any purchase on it! He didn't quite connect but Hungary are moving the ball really well.
CHANCE! Moments later, Szalai is unable to take this ball down from Dzsudzsák after it hangs over the head of Davies, as the Tottenham man is able to hack the ball behind.
SHOT! Here's the first glimpse of the devastating pace of Daniel James as he takes Allen's pass and is away from three Hungary players down the left. He unselfishly sets up Lawrence as he scampers into the box but the shot is saved low to the left by Gulácsi.
Some jokes never get old...
Hungary are again looking the more likely as Holender is very nearly found with a Fabregas-like ball from Szalai that just evades the left winger.
Wales have shaded the possession 56 to 44 so far, and Davies seeks the pace of Daniel James on the counter-attack but Botond Baráth is across to intercept.
CLOSE! Hungary come forward down the right as Dzsudzsák finds Ádám Szalai, he looks across but he just can't find the outstretched Holender in the centre!
FOUL! Hungary have a free-kick in a dangerous position now as Ben Davies gets the wrong side of Dzsudzsák and is forced to bring him down.
CHANCE! The Hungary captain's delivery is excellent, forcing Bale to make a vital headed clearance befroe the rebound from Dominik Szoboszlai is wide!
A reminder that the top two qualify and then afterwards it will come down to the minefield of the Nations League play-off places which may provide one final chance.
A Round of 16 match will be played in the Hungarian capital in around 12 months' time, and there's a brilliant atmosphere so far as Allen's low cross is backheeled towards goal by Lawrence, but there's not enough power on the shot to trouble Péter Gulácsi.
There are 3,000 empty seats here, but all that has done has condensed the noise that is coming from these vocal Hungary fans in these early moments. There's a chap with a loudspeaker. He's got a long night.
The Hoffenheim striker Szalai theatrically goes to ground but the Slovenian referee is having none of it. Moments later, Chris Gunter produces a clever foul in halting the exciting talent that is Szoboszlai. That's a free-kick.
Wales set up with a high line, and Bale opts to flick the delivery over for a corner off the head of Orban. Dzsudzsák's corner is good and Hennessey takes no chances as he wheels back to tip over.
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The referee is Matej Jug from Slovenia. It's the first time he has taken charge of a Wales game.
We are up and running at the Groupama Arena after Ashley Williams conducts a final team huddle, it is they who kick off.
Wales have lost four of their last five away games in all competitions, winning the other versus Republic of Ireland in October 2018 (0-1).
Wales have lost their last two away games – they haven’t suffered three consecutive defeats on the road since June 2016 under Chris Coleman.
Hungary are looking to win three consecutive games for the first time since September 2011, when they recorded five straight wins.
The Welsh national anthem is first. And what an anthem. The fans, and there are many who have travelled sing full of pasion, and it must be said a good few bars ahead of the trumpets. But fully committed.
Hungary follows, finished off with a nice round of applause. A marginal Welsh win I would say.
Handshakes, and now for the football.
OUT COME THE TEAMS!
The teams emerge out onto the pitch with the Wales players welcomed by a strong travelling contingent here in Budapest.
Giggs will be looking for a response from their defeat in Croatia. The 2-1 defeat in Osijek on Saturday left them three points behind Group E leaders Hungary, who eased to a 3-1 victory in Azerbaijan.
Hungary will be hosting several matches during the European Championship finals next summer, so they want to make sure they're not looking in from the outside. They are full of confidence having won their last two games.
GIGGS NOT FOCUSED ON RACISM THREAT
Ryan Giggs has brushed aside fears that his Wales players could be the target for racism during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary.
Some 3,000 seats will be unfilled at Budapest’s Groupama Arena on Tuesday after UEFA ordered a partial stadium closure following the behaviour of Hungary supporters in Slovakia in March.
Hungary fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, vandalism and the setting off of fireworks, and the Hungarian Football Federation must display a banner with the wording ‘EqualGame’ on it in the closed sector on Tuesday.
“There will be less fans in the stadium, but I understand it’s a very good atmosphere,” Giggs said when asked about the threat of racism from Hungary fans.
“I’ve talked before about sanctions on racism not being strong enough. They need to be stronger.
“But for me it’s all about concentrating on the game. I’ve got enough to worry about with winning this game.
“We hope that all the fans behave as always in all the games as they should.”
Should we expect goals tonight? In fixtures between these two sides in Hungary, there have been 3.75 goals per game - and the hosts have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 meetings with Wales.
Wales have a good record against Hungary, winning four of their last five games against them, but they have lost four of their last five matches.
Hungary have won their last three and have triumphed in four in a row at home, scoring twice in each win.
GIGGS CALLS FOR PATIENCE
Giggs told Sky Sports a few moments ago at the Groupama Arena: "We just need to show a little bit more patience in building up the play - progress along the pitch, and get the ball to the players that can hurt this Hungarian team.
"Both in defence and offensively, we need to be more patient. There was always going to be changes after the short turnaround and the heat factor. Hopefully it will freshen us up.
"It's a tough task having two away games on the bounce against two tough teams, so it's important we pick up something. Hopefully it will be three points."
CAN BALE INSPIRE WALES?
Bale has gone without a goal since mid-March, losing his first-team place at Real Madrid towards the end of the season, and his club future is in doubt this summer.
Wales will look to their talisman once more for inspiration tonight, and Giggs said: "I was happy with Gareth's performance in Croatia, he had a couple of chances and on another day they go in.
"It was his first game in six weeks, we had a great build-up in Portugal and a great week at Colliers Park (their training facility in Wrexham).
"Gareth grew into the game, not playing for six weeks that might be understandable. Hopefully he's saving it for Hungary."
GIGGS MAKES FIVE CHANGES
Chris Gunter earns his 95th cap, while the experienced Ashley Williams is also recalled to the defence.
David Brooks, who scored in the 2-1 defeat to Croatia, is named from the start - as are Tom Lawrence and Ethan Ampadu.
Daniel James is expected to start through the middle. Chris Mepham, Connor Roberts, Matthew Smith, Harry Wilson and Will Vaulks all drop out.
HUNGARY TEAM NEWS
Starting line-up: Gulácsi, Barath, Korhut, Orban, Lovrencsics, Nagy, Patkai, Szoboszlai, Dzsudzsák, Holender, Szalai
Subs: Dibusz, Kovacsik, Ferenczi, Paulo Vinicius, Nemeth, Kalmar, Kleinheisler, R Varga, D Nagy, Holman, Kovacs, Bese
WALES TEAM NEWS
Starting line-up: Hennessey, Gunter, A Williams, J Lawrence, B Davies, Allen, Ampadu, T Lawrence, Brooks, James, Bale
Subs - Ward, A Davies, Taylor, Mepham, Smith, Vokes, Wilson, Woodburn, C Roberts, Matondo, Lockyer, Vaulks
STATE OF PLAY
Wales currently lie fourth in the group having beaten Slovakia prior to losing 2-1 against Croatia in their two matches.
But a win tonight would move the Welsh level on points with leaders Slovakia on six points, with Hungary and Croatia also currently on six points. All very tight indeed.
Hello and welcome along to a final night of Euro 2020 Qualifying action for this season as Wales face Hungary in Budapest.
Ryan Giggs' men were beaten by Croatia on Saturday, meaning they have little margin for error this evening in Group E.
We have team news and all the build up on the way, with kick-off at 7.45pm.