Belfast Telegraph

Resilient Hungary fight back against Faroe Islands to earn play-off battle

By Stuart McKinley

Hungary fought back from a goal down to beat the Faroe Islands and guarantee themselves at least a Euro 2016 play-off spot.

Ferencvaros striker Daniel Bode was the hero as he scored two second-half goals to complete a dramatic turnaround.

The Magyars were rocked when Roaldur Jakobsen finished off a flowing move to put the Faroes 1-0 up after only 11 minutes.

Bode came off the bench at half-time and he levelled the scores with a header from Tamas Kadar's cross after 63 minutes.

The winner came nine minutes later when Bode collected Nemanja Nikolic's pass and beat past two defenders before firing his shot into the net.

Ovidiu Hoban's injury-time goal for Romania not only kept his team above Hungary in the group and still in with a chance of taking top spot off Northern Ireland, it also killed off any hopes that Finland had of grabbing a play-off spot.

Joel Pohjanpalo put Finland 1-0 with a breakaway goal midway through the second half. Hoban snapped up the rebound when Lukas Hradecky spilled a shot to make it 1-1 in the 91st minute.

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