Hungary’s UEFA Nations League dream continues as they set up a showdown with European champions Italy on Monday night. They defended passionately, attacked with courage and travel home deserved winners on the night.
For Germany, there were improvements in the second half, but not enough to avoid a first defeat for Flick as head coach of the national team.
Hungary take all three points and it’s hard to say it’s not deserved. They were on top in the first half and although Germany were much improved in the second 45 minutes, they were unable to convert the few chances they created. The away side defended with heart and could even have added another goal or two themselves.
Hungary beat Germany for the first time since 2004
In 17 minutes of match a sensational stuff from the Hungary captain Szoboszlai delivers a corner from the left and Adam Szalai darts towards the front post, where he flicks the ball with his heel across goal and in at the far post.
Hungary head coach Marco Rossi: “Szalai really deserves all the praise. In the first half we performed well, in the second we had to defend very deep. We can crown our performance with the match against the Italians. It will be a special match for me against Italy. We are happy that we have ten points from five matches; no one believed we could do that.”
Germany head coach Hansi Flick to ZDF: “It was an eye opener; better now than at the World Cup. We were really bad in the first half, we weren’t proactive enough, lacked confidence and made too many easy mistakes. The second half was better, but we didn’t create enough chances.”