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Hungary v Republic of Ireland Live Commentary & Result, 08/06/2021, Friendlies

Ireland’s season comes to an end, then, while Hungary prepare to face Portugal next week. With a home crowd behind them in their first two Euros games, Hungary will try their best to survive the group of death. That’s all for now. Goodbye! 

That’s three games unbeaten for Ireland now who are gradually making progress. They’re hardly setting the world alight but they’re starting to look more solid under Kenny. Hungary looked competent here but with France, Germany and Portugal to come at the Euros, they need to finish more of their chances. They had 17 shots here but couldn’t find the net.

Hungary’s last match before Euro 2020 ends in a goalless draw. The hosts had the better chances with Adam Szalai making a nuisance of himself and forcing Ireland’s goalkeepers into a few saves. Ireland defended stoutly though, attacking when they could. They’ll see the draw as a fair result.


90′ + 3′ Ogbene jinks down Ireland’s left to tempt Hahn into fouling him. Ireland will get one last chance to score. The visitors take the free-kick, Hungary see it out and that’s that!

90′ + 1′ We’ve entered the first of three additional minutes at the end of this game. Schon’s shot from distance makes a routine save for Kelleher.

90′ Ogbene gets on the end of Horgan’s pass and lashes an effort into the side netting from a difficult angle on the left. The substitute almost made a big impact there.

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90′ Idah also heads off. Collins takes his place up top for Ireland.

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89′ Ireland bring on some fresh legs late on. The Rotherham United forward Ogbene replaces Knight.


88′ Adam Szalai won’t get his goal. The Hungary captain’s had a decent game up front. Schon gets a late runout.

87′ Hungary sense they could grab a late winner. Adam Szalai turns and fires wide to the right from outside the box.

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85′ Ireland substitution. It’s a straight swap down their left as Manning replaces McClean.

83′ Hungary’s corner causes confusion amongst Ireland’s defenders and Attila Szalai hooks towards goal with his left foot from the centre of the box. It’s the same result as a moment ago as Kelleher tips it away.

82′ Kelleher makes an important save! Adam Szalai forces the Ireland keeper to tip his header over the bar for a corner after getting on the end of Kecskes’ cross.

80′ Doherty intercepts a pass and Ireland get forward. Knight fires in a cross from the right that McClean connects with at the far post. Bogdan rushes over to stop the header going in. His header’s going wide but Bogdan isn’t to know that.


79′ Hungary substitution. Their left wing-back Fiola heads off. He’s posed Ireland problems at times. The forward Hahn comes on for him.

77′ Ireland earn another free-kick down their right, closer to the touchline this time. Cullen swings it in high to the far post and Hungary head it out. Knight’s volley from range is blocked by Adam Szalai.

76′ Fiola’s cross is deflected and catches Adam Szalai by surprise in the box. The striker manages to convert it into a shot on target but it’s no real threat to Kelleher.

74′ Doherty gets up for the corner but finds himself crowded out. Ireland are growing in influence though as Kecskes clears Knight’s cross, earning Hungary a free-kick in the process.

Attila Szalai

Yellow Card


72′ Knight gets in front of Attila Szalai to buy Ireland a free-kick down their right. Szalai is booked for the challenge. The free-kick comes in and Schafer tidies it up to give Ireland a corner.

71′ Fiola cuts inside to hoist a right-footed cross into the box but it bounces harmlessly out for an Ireland goal-kick. Hungary’s goal threat has dissipated in this second half.

69′ Duffy slides in on the Hungary substitute Nego as the attacker gets a shot away in the box. Ireland defend the throw-in well and Hungary have to rebuild.

67′ Chance for Ireland! Idah goes for the bottom left corner from just outside the box. Bogdan sees it coming and gets low to push it aside.

65′ Fiola chases after a ball down the left and Molumby shepherds it towards the corner flag. It hits the flag and doesn’t go out of play though, causing Molumby to kick the flag accidentally and hand Hungary a throw-in. That was amusing.


63′ The all-action Kleinheisler will get no more action here. Nego replaces him.


63′ Hungary replace their goalkeeper. The red-haired Bogdan comes on for Gulacsi who hasn’t had much to do.

62′ Kleinheisler shows great strength to shrug off a challenge and burst into Ireland’s box from the right, firing a cross-cum-shot straight into the arms of Kelleher.

60′ Nagy plays a pass around the corner to find Kleinheisler who lets rip from the left of the D. Ireland throw bodies in front of it and manage to block. Knight does well to stop Fiola reaching a cross and Ireland get the goal-kick.

59′ Horgan immediately gets involved in the game, showing a great touch to force Attila Szalai to concede a corner. Ireland can’t do anything with it.

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57′ Next to come on for Ireland is Molumby. He’ll replace Hourihane who’s played OK.

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56′ Ireland make a few more changes. Horgan replaces Parrott first.

55′ Chance for Hungary! Ireland struggle to clear the ball outside their box and Adam Szalai leathers it towards goal. Kelleher dives low to his left to keep it out. Hungary’s resulting corner isn’t that exciting.

54′ Lovrencsics clips the heel of McClean, handing Ireland a free-kick. Hourihane’s delivery is poor and Nagy hooks it away.

51′ Cullen escapes a yellow card for tugging down Schafer. If this were a competitive game the referee might have been less lenient.

50′ Nagy steals the ball in midfield and carries Hungary forward down their right. Hungary only get a throw-in from it but Ireland need to stay alert.

48′ It’s a slow start to the half as the two teams adjust to their new personnel.

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46′ Ireland also make a change. Kelleher will play in goal in the second half, replacing Bazunu who caught the eye with his save. It’s Kelleher’s senior debut.

46′ Ireland get the second half going.


46′ Roland Varga also makes way for Hungary. He’s replaced by his namesake Kevin Varga.


46′ Both teams take the opportunity to make changes at half-time. Hungary go first, replacing Bolla with Lovrencsics at right wing-back.

It took until the 39th minute for this game to get its first shot on target through Adam Szalai’s header. Ireland had only one shot in the first half, that being Egan’s chance. Hungary look the more likely side to break the deadlock, but Ireland are causing Hungary problems from set-pieces.

It’s all square at the break as Ireland have held off Hungary’s threat. Both sides have had their chances, Ireland early on when Egan hit the crossbar and Hungary later in the half when Adam Szalai forced Bazunu into a decent stop. On the whole though it’s been a bit of a stalemate.


45′ Hourihane sends in another decent Ireland free-kick but it’s just in front of the face of Ireland’s attackers. There’ll be just the one minute added onto the end of this half.

44′ Parrott goes down just outside Hungary’s box from a push from Kleinheisler. It’s soft but Ireland will take the free-kick.

42′ Ireland’s best chances so far have been from set-pieces. Kecskes brings down Knight down Ireland’s left and Duffy briefly causes problems from McClean’s delivery. Cullen’s follow-up is caught by Gulacsi.

40′ Hungary keep the pressure on from their corner and force another as Kecskes has a header blocked. Ireland clear this one and manage to push Hungary backwards. Fiola gets caught offside from Attila Szalai’s attempted pass.

39′ From nowhere Hungary have a great chance! Fiola fires in a high cross from the left and Adam Szalai rises high to meet it. Bazunu gets across to make a fine save and hand Hungary a corner.

38′ Idah trots off the field of play briefly but soon makes his way back on. It’s good to see as he’s had his injury difficulties this past season.

37′ Idah looks to be having some difficulty with his calf, thumping the turf in frustration and going down off the ball. The physios come on to treat the young Norwich City striker.

35′ Hungary are on top possession-wise but aren’t threatening Ireland much. That said, Ireland have done nothing going forward since Egan’s early header.

33′ McClean holds off Kleinheisler in his own half and is brought down for his troubles. Ireland have looked solid in this opening half hour.

31′ Schafer pings an angled ball towards Varga who runs into the right of Ireland’s box. Bazunu calmly collects the pass.

29′ Bolla earns Hungary a corner down their right. Varga comes across to take it. Varga sends it towards the far post but no one in Hungary white can get on the end of it.

27′ The offside flag goes up against Bolla. O’Shea tussles with Kleinheisler near Hungary’s corner flag and Hungary come away with the goal-kick.

25′ Idah holds the ball up to keep Ireland moving. Cullen knocks it forward in search of a runner but one isn’t forthcoming and Gulacsi comes out to claim it.

23′ Hungary go about things a little more patiently, trying to thread the ball through the middle. Hourihane blocks Kleinheisler’s shot.

21′ Attila Szalai lofts a direct pass forward for Varga but Egan is on hand to win the header.

19′ Varga has a pop from range but it’s well off-target. Hungary have had four attempts at goal so far but Ireland have restricted them to shots from distance.

17′ Ireland intercept the ball and Parrott tries to free McClean down the left. Parrott hits the pass too firmly though and McClean is unable to keep it in play.

15′ Kleinheishler fancies his chances from distance and gets it all wrong. The Hungary midfielder grimaces as he watches the ball fly way over.

14′ Parrott looks to feed Idah through the middle but Idah strays offside. Again McClean does a decent job of putting Bolla off when Fiola sends a cross in.

13′ Hungary’s cross from the left nearly finds its way to Bolla at the far post. McClean tracks Bolla’s run and hooks clear for a throw-in. Bolla’s speculative effort from range is blocked shortly after.

11′ McClean beats his man and fizzes in a high cross from the left that Hungary manage to clear. Duffy puts in a strong challenge on Fiola to regain possession for Ireland. The Ireland defender looks determined to influence this game already.

9′ Varga races after a ball over the top. The Irish goalkeeper Bazunu predicts the danger well and gets on the end of it first. Hungary come again and Kleinheisler fires wide from the left of the box.

7′ Hungary have started the game on the front foot despite Ireland having the game’s only real chance so far. The hosts are certainly looking motivated and confident.

5′ Ireland hit the crossbar! Cullen swings in a great free-kick and Egan charges onto it near the penalty spot, crashing a header against the woodwork. It rebounds back into play and Hungary’s goal survives unscathed for now.

4′ Duffy knocks the ball down the line for Idah to chase and Ireland succeed in winning a throw-in. Duffy heads forward for it and earns his side a free-kick down their right.

2′ Ireland have started in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Knight playing behind Idah and Parrott. Hungary force an early corner down their right which they take short. Ireland deal with it without much fuss.

1′ Hungary’s striker Varga gets this friendly underway!

The two teams are out on the pitch in Budapest. Hungary are strangely wearing their white away strip. Ireland will play in all-green.

These two teams are fairly evenly matched historically with four of the five previous meetings between Hungary and Ireland in Budapest ending in a draw. Ireland have won just two of their previous 11 meetings with Hungary with both wins coming under Jack Charlton. Will Hungary’s unbeaten run continue or can Ireland record consecutive away wins for the first time since 2016?

Hungary make seven changes from their 1-0 win over Cyprus four days ago. Their captain Adam Szalai returns to the starting line-up. There are just two changes to Ireland from their win over Andorra as Kenny understandably keeps tinkering to a minimum. Duffy and Idah come in for Curtis and Collins.

SUBS: Andrew Omobamidele, Harry Arter, Jamie McGrath, Daryl Horgan, Lee O’Connor, Jayson Molumby, Ronan Curtis, Caoimhin Kelleher, Mark Travers, Ryan Manning, Chiedozie Ogbene, James Collins.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (4-2-3-1): Gavin Bazunu; Matt Doherty, Dara O’Shea, John Egan (c), Shane Duffy; Josh Cullen, Conor Hourihane; Jason Knight, Troy Parrott, James McClean; Adam Idah.

SUBS: Janos Csaba Hahn, David Siger, Gergo Lovrencsics, Kevin Varga, Endre Botka, Szabolcs Schon, Denes Dibusz, Nemanja Nikolic, Adam Bogdan, Tamas Cseri, Loic Nego, Adam Lang.

HUNGARY (3-5-2): Péter Gulacsi; Akos Kecskes, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Bendeguz Bolla, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Attila Fiola; Adam Szalai (c), Roland Varga.

Ireland won’t be at Euro 2020 but picked up their first win under Stephen Kenny last time out, thrashing lowly Andorra 4-1 in their first victory at all since November 2019. The Irish will be hoping to put a good run together before they get back to the uphill task of World Cup qualification.

This is Hungary and Ireland’s first meeting since 2012 as Hungary complete their preparations for Euro 2020. Marco Rossi’s team haven’t lost since last September, which will give them hope as they face France, Germany and Portugal in their group. A positive result here will add to Hungary’s belief ahead of what will be a tough few weeks for them.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this international friendly match between Hungary and the Republic of Ireland at Ferenc Szusza Stadium, Ujpest.

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