Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hungary Are Back in the Big Time

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hungary Are Back in the Big Time

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HUNGARY booked a return to major tournament football for the first time in 30 years with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Norway in their Euro 2016 qualifying play-off.

Leading via Laszlo Kleinheisler's first-leg goal, Tamas Priskin struck early in the first half before Norway's Markus Henriksen scored at both ends late on in the hosts' 2-1 win on the night.

Only five of their squad were even born when Hungry played at the 1986 Mexico World Cup and, of those, only veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly started the match.

But, if history in the making was there for the home side, it provided an ominous omen for the Scandinavians as no team had ever progressed after losing the first leg of a play-off at home.

Missed chances in first leg cost them and they came up short in front of goal in Budapest, though Kiraly's goal hardly came under huge pressure.

But what really cost them was conceding the all-important second goal in the tie on 14 minutes. …

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