Hungary stunned Austria to win their first European Championship match in over 50 years.
With just 32 seconds played, David Alaba almost opened the scoring but his left-footed strike struck the base of Kiraly’s post.The Bayern Munich man was again at the heart of things on 10 minutes, Kiraly saving his low shot after Marko Arnautovic picked him out in the box.Zlatko Junuzović was next to test the Hungarian goalkeeper, but his strike from the edge of the box was also beaten away.
Just before half-time, there was a big chance at either end. Marko Arnautovic broke free down the left, and slid the ball across for Martin Harnik, who fell over his own feet and sent the ball harmlessly wide.At the other end, László Kleinheisler played Balázs Dzsudzsák through, but the captain mishit his shot and it went past the far post.
After the break, Robert Almer had his palms stung by a fierce Dzsudzsák effort, while Ádám Szalai wasted a decent break with a poor first touch.The striker who hadn’t scored for club or country in his previous 59 matches, but it was he who eventually broke the deadlock.Exchanging passes with the impressive Kleinheisler, Szalai received the ball inside the box and guided it under Almer with the outside of his right foot for the first goal.Shortly thereafter, Dragovic picked up a second yellow card for a silly challenge on Tamás Kádár.
Tamas Priskin played the ball into the Austrian half, and the striker darted on to it. If he felt the pressure he didn’t show it, as he coolly dinked the ball into Almer’s net for the second goal.It was a hard fought victory and minnows Hungary will be hoping for more positive results in the tournament.