Hungary vs. England – Football Match Report – June 4, 2022
England lost 1-0 against Hungary in their Nations League opener as a Dominik Szoboszlai penalty downed Gareth Southgate’s side.
Reece James gave away the penalty just after the hour mark, a mere two minutes after he was substituted onto the pitch.
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He pulled back Zsolt Nagy who went down and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Szoboszlai slotted the ball into the bottom left corner past Jordan Pickford.
Southgate handed international debuts to Jarrod Bowen and James Justin in a much changed side to the one that beat the Ivory Coast. However, England struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Harry Kane, who was looking for his 50th international goal, had some good chances but failed to put any away.
The fixture in Budapest was technically a “behind closed doors” match following UEFA sanctions issued after anti-gay and racist chanting by Hungary fans during their three Euro 2020 group stage matches.
However, a 35,000 crowd made up predominantly of children was allowed and fans booed England players taking the knee before kick-off.