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Hungary's dream comes true as they start with surprise win

By Paul Burrows

Published 15/06/2016

Hungary's coach Bernd Storck saw his side record a surprise opening round victory
Hungary's coach Bernd Storck saw his side record a surprise opening round victory

Hungary coach Bernd Storck claimed a dream had come true as he celebrated a 2-0 Euro 2016 victory over Austria.

Goals from Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber saw Storck's side claim a surprise win over their 10-man neighbours in their Group F clash in Bordeaux.

It was the Hungarians' first match in a tournament since 1986 and their first in the finals of the European Championship for 44 years.

"You can see how the fans reacted, that was brilliant," said Storck. "A dream has come true. We hoped for it, we wished for it.

"When everyone does their hard work then it pays off. A huge compliment to everyone who helped make sure that we could decide this game.

"We knew what to expect from Austria and we knew what their strengths were. We took their important players out of the game which was key."

Hungary had an early scare when David Alaba hit a post in the first minute but their overall performance was superior.

Szalai put them ahead just after the hour - his first goal at any level for 18 months - and Stieber wrapped up victory late on after Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for two bookable offences.

Austria coach Marcel Koller claimed his players were nervous and failed to make the most of their early openings.

He said: "It was a good start to the match, we had some good combination play, but the more the match went on the more nervous we got and we let the Hungarians in.

"We were playing against a good Hungarian team that took advantage of this and then we had the red card which made things even more difficult for us.

"There's never a good time to concede a goal, but that was a very, very bad time."

AUSTRIA: Almer, Klein, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Fuchs, Baumgartlinger, Alaba, Harnik (Schopf, 78 mins), Junuzovic (Sabitzer, 60 mins), Arnautovic, Janko (Okotie, 65 mins).Subs: Lindner, Garics, Ilsanker, Suttner, Prodl, Wimmer, Hinterseer, Jantscher, Ozcan.

Yellow cards: Dragovic (2)

Red cards: Dragovic

HUNGARY: Kiraly, Fiola, Guzmics, Lang, Kadar, Gera, Nemeth (Pinter, 89 mins), Nagy, Kleinheisler (Stieber, 80 mins), Dzsudzsak, Szalai (Priskin, 69 mins).

Subs: Dibusz, Korhut, Elek, Bode, Lovrencsics, Nikolic, Bese, Gulacsi, Juhasz.

Goals: Szalai 63, Stieber 87

Yellow cards: Nemeth

Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

Match rating: 6/10

Man of the match: Laszlo Kleinheisler

Possession: Austria 48% Hungary 52%

Shots on target: Austria 3 Hungary 8

Fouls committed: Austria 10 Hungary 16

Hungary coach Bernd Storck claimed a dream had come true as he celebrated a 2-0 Euro 2016 victory over Austria.

Goals from Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber saw Storck's side claim a surprise win over their 10-man neighbours in their Group F clash in Bordeaux.

It was the Hungarians' first match in a tournament since 1986 and their first in the finals of the European Championship for 44 years.

"You can see how the fans reacted, that was brilliant," said Storck. "A dream has come true. We hoped for it, we wished for it.

"When everyone does their hard work then it pays off. A huge compliment to everyone who helped make sure that we could decide this game.

"We knew what to expect from Austria and we knew what their strengths were. We took their important players out of the game which was key."

Hungary had an early scare when David Alaba hit a post in the first minute but their overall performance was superior.

Szalai put them ahead just after the hour - his first goal at any level for 18 months - and Stieber wrapped up victory late on after Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for two bookable offences.

Austria coach Marcel Koller claimed his players were nervous and failed to make the most of their early openings.

He said: "It was a good start to the match, we had some good combination play, but the more the match went on the more nervous we got and we let the Hungarians in.

"We were playing against a good Hungarian team that took advantage of this and then we had the red card which made things even more difficult for us.

"There's never a good time to concede a goal, but that was a very, very bad time."

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