Hungary produced the biggest shock of the group stage so far, by overturning a star-studded Austrian side in Bordeaux. Adam Szalai ended his 41 match goalscoring drought in a Hungary shirt by sliding the ball past a helpless Robert Almer.
Prior to Szalai’s fatal strike, Hungary had offered little in the way of offensive threat. Austria ruled the first 45 minutes with David Alaba coming closest inside the opening 30 seconds. The versatile Bayern Munich player struck the post with an audacious left footed strike from 25 yards. An early warning for the Hungarians.
The more Hungary sunk into their own half, the greater the chances were for the favourites. Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic was one of his team’s biggest influences in the first period. But he could only stand and stare as team-mate Marc Janko scuffed wide his sensational cross.
Having sat back for the majority for the majority of the half, Hungary would end it on a high note. Star player Balázs Dzsudzsák, who had unrecognizable during the first half, slid wide following a lightning quick break in injury time.
Having got 15 minutes’ rest behind them, the tide turned for Hungary. They began creating the clearer opportunities and putting Austria under the cosh. But the Austrians would not lie down. Martin Hinteregger thought he had equalized until the referee spotted a foul in the area. Aleksandar Dragovic receiving his second booking of the afternoon, and therefore leaving the field.
The delight was increased on the Hungarian faces as Zoltan Steiber put the points beyond doubt following a quick counter-attack. The Hamburg winger dinked the ball over the Almer, as every Hungarian on the pitch ran to congratulate him on surely his most important career goal.
They will now go into their second group match with Iceland sporting renewed confidence and feel they can progress to the second round, and make history in Euro 2016.
Full time score – Austria 0-2 Hungary
Man of the match – László Kleinheisler