Hungary surprised Germany with a 1-0 win courtesy of Adam Szalai’s sensational heel flick on Friday to remain heading in the right direction for a Nations League closing 4 spot with one recreation left to play.
The 34-year-old Hungary captain, who will finish his worldwide profession after their final League A-Group 3 recreation towards Italy on Monday, raced to the close to publish and flicked the ball into the web along with his heel from a nook within the seventeenth minute to go away goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen frozen on the spot.
Hungary, who additionally beat England 4-0 away in June for the hosts worst house defeat for 94 years, are prime on 10 factors and can battle for the group spoils towards Italy, who’re second on eight after beating England 1-0 on Friday.
“Adam Szalai actually deserves all of the reward,” mentioned Hungary’s Italian coach Marco Rossi. “Within the first half we carried out properly, within the second we needed to defend very deep.
“We are able to crown all of it within the match towards the Italians. It is going to be a particular match for me towards Italy. We’re blissful that we obtained 10 factors from 5 matches. Nobody believed that.”
Germany might additionally face a UEFA investigation after Hungary ahead Dominik Szoboszlai was hit by an object thrown from the stands within the thirty seventh minute.
Germany, in third place on six factors, suffered their first defeat below coach Hansi Flick of their penultimate recreation earlier than the World Cup in November, and can’t qualify for the Nations League closing 4. England are backside on two and relegated.
Germany have been on the again foot from the start and ter Stegen, beginning within the absence of Manuel Neuer who has examined optimistic for Covid-19, needed to rescue them within the twenty fifth when he stopped Daniel Gazdag’s effort from shut vary.
Missing any vitality and posing no actual risk, the hosts needed to wait 27 minutes earlier than their first shot, with Leroy Sane’s long-range effort flying excessive over Peter Gulacsi’s crossbar.
Sane did higher within the 51st however Gulacsi denied the ahead. The house facet have been sharper after the break and had a lot of possession however carved out far too few probabilities with lone striker Timo Werner taken off after 69 minutes.
“The primary half was very disappointing,” Germany captain Thomas Mueller mentioned. “We made far too many errors and you might really feel that many of their golf equipment will not be going by means of the simplest section.”
This was a reference to Bayern Munich, who had 4 gamers in Germany’s lineup and have gone 4 video games with no league victory, the membership’s longest winless stretch in 20 years.
“With out stress we made errors and nearly everybody was affected. We simply didn’t carry the facility that we needed to carry.”