Published 14 June 2022 4 min read
England Men's Senior Team
Match report: England 0-4 Hungary
- J. Stones (37′)
- J. Stones (82′)
- K. Walker (85′)
UEFA Nations League League A, Group 3
Tuesday 14 June, 07:45 PM Molineux Stadium
HT: 0 - 1
- R. Sallai (16′) (70′)
- Z. Nagy (80′)
- D. Gazdag (89′)
- Z. Nagy (89′)
- B. Bolla (89′)
Three Lions suffer defeat at Molineux as Hungary punish England with a second-half flurry
14 Jun 2022 1:59
Highlights: England 0-4 Hungary
See the best of the action from Molineux as the Three Lions suffer defeat.
Roland Sallai scored twice to stun England as the Three Lions lost 4-0 to Hungary in the UEFA Nations League at Molineux.
The hosts went behind against the run of play in the first half when Sallai found the back of the net after 16 minutes.
And Sallai doubled the lead in the second half before Zsolt Nagy added a third from distance with ten minutes left.
Dániel Gazdag made it four with a minute to play to end a tough evening for England.
The result leaves Gareth Southgate's side at the foot of UEFA Nations League Group A3, while Hungary go top after four matches.
The atmosphere at Molineux was electric early on, and the Three Lions responded with intricate play around the edge of the Hungary box.
And the game's first clear-cut chance came after five minutes when clever play down the left led to Reece James finding Jarrod Bowen at the far post, but the West Ham man's header was blocked and cleared by a Hungary defender.
Five minutes later, Bowen turned provider when he found Marc Guéhi from a free-kick, but the Crystal Palace defender's header was straight at Hungary goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz.
But against the run of play, Hungary took the lead when Ádám Lang nodded the ball onto Sallai at a free kick.
The SC Freiburg forward made no mistake, firing a thunderous shot past Aaron Ramsdale and into the back of the England net from six yards out.
Molineux was stunned into silence, other than a small red corner of ecstatic Hungary supporters, who were even louder than usual.
Harry Kane nearly slipped Bukayo Saka through on goal in the 23rd minute, but Jude Bellingham made a similar run to the winger and the two collided, with the ball trickling through to Dibusz.
And England could have been 2-0 behind five minutes later when a free-kick was deflected towards Ramsdale's goal, but James was there to clear the ball off the goal line and set Bowen away down the right-wing.
He won a corner, much to the delight of the home support, but John Stones could only direct the outswinger towards Dibusz.
Hungary showed they possess real quality on the break and from set-pieces, though England nearly equalised from their own break in the 35th minute.
Following an excellent delivery from the left by Saka, Dibusz made his best save of the half when Viktor Orban headed the ball toward his own goal.
After half time, the Three Lions were full of attacking impetus, with Bellingham nearly setting Kane through on goal following an outside-of-the-boot pass.
Southgate had also reorganised his back four during the break, moving Kyle Walker to centre-back and Guéhi to left-back to allow James to bomb up and down the right.
And that nearly led to a goal when the Chelsea defender almost found an onrushing Kane with a driven delivery from the right.
But once again, Hungary grew into the half, and in the 69th minute Sallai scored a second to send the visitors into ecstasy and give them a crucial cushion.
The forward had impressed all afternoon, and he finished calmly past Ramsdale after being put through on goal by Ádám Lang.
And it was 3-0 with ten minutes to go after a superb strike from Nagy found the bottom left corner of Ramsdale's goal before Gazdag added a fourth in the 89th minute, neatly chipping over Ramsdale to score.
England (4-3-3): 1 Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal); 2 Kyle Walker (Manchester City), 6 Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace), 5 John Stones (Manchester City), 3 Reece James (Chelsea); 4 Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), 8 Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), 10 Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund); 7 Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), 9 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), 11 Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Substitutes: 20 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) for Bowen 45', 19 Mason Mount (Chelsea) for Gallagher 56', 21 Phil Foden (Manchester City) for Bellingham 67', 14 Harry Maguire (Manchester United) for Saka 85'
Substitutes not used: 12 Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), 13 Nick Pope (Burnley), 15 Jack Grealish (Manchester City), 16 Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 17 James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), 18 Declan Rice (West Ham United), 22 Jordan Pickford (Everton), 23 Tammy Abraham (AS Roma)
Cautions: Stones 38', 81'
Red cards: Stones 81'
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Hungary (3-4-2-1): 1 Dénes Dibusz; 2 Ádám Lang, 4 Attila Szalai, 6 Willi Orbán; 5 Attila Fiola, 13 András Schäfer, 17 Callum Styles, 18 Zsolt Nagy; 20 Roland Sallai, 10 Dominik Szoboszlai; 9 Ádám Szalai
Substitutes: 8 Ádám Nagy for Styles 56', 16 Dániel Gazdag for Szoboszlai 56', 19 Martin Ádám for Szalai 67', 7 Loïc Négo for Sallai
Substitutes not used: 22 Péter Szappanos, 3 Ákos Kecskés, 11 Szabolcs Schön, 14 Bendegúz Bolla, 15 Milos Kerkez, 21 Csaba Spandler, 23 Bálint Vécse
Goals: Sallai 16', 70', Nagy 80', Gazdag 89'
Manager: Marco Rossi