Hungary v England: Nations League – stay! | Nations League

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PreambleNovember 25 1953, and Ferenc Puskás, Sándor Kocsis, Nándor Hidegkuti, Zoltán Czibor, József Bozsik, Gyula Grosics et al rock as much as Wembley, the place they set about placing English soccer firmly as a substitute. You’d have thought the 6-3 humiliation visited upon Walter Winterbottom’s workforce would have led to a interval of reflection, regrouping and realignment … however no. England blithely put the beating right down to a nasty day on the workplace, and few classes had been realized. Off to the Népstadion they went, six months later, to play the return fixture on Could 23 1954 with just about precisely the identical tactical plan. Right here’s how that panned out, then, within the phrases of the pre-MBM-era Manchester Guardian.GOAL! Hungary 1-0 England (Lantos 8): “Lantos took a free kick ten yards outdoors the penalty space and with a drive which needed to be seen to be believed, put the ball excessive into the nook of the online. It crashed in like a bullet.”GOAL! Hungary 2-0 England (Puskás 22): “Continued stress by the quicker and extra harmful Hungarians introduced a second aim when Puskás netted after the ball rebounded from a defender. At this stage the house gamers had been now doing virtually as they appreciated.”GOAL! Hungary 3-0 England (Kocsis 31): “After a number of harmful strikes on each flanks, Hungary turned three up when Kocsis scored from shut vary. The English defence was all sixes and sevens towards the exact passing and delightful positional play of the Hungarians.”GOAL! Hungary 4-0 England (Koscis 56): “Then got here a superb spell throughout which Hungary scored three objectives in 4 minutes. The person who did all of the harm was Czibor, the tough, speedy outside-left, although he didn’t get one in every of them. Czibor initially flicked a neat move to Kocsis and the inside-right scored after a stunning run on the left …”GOAL! Hungary 5-0 England (Tóth 60): “… Czibor then put Tóth via for a fifth …”GOAL! Hungary 6-0 England (Hidegkuti 62): “… and eventually Hidegkuti despatched in a terrific shot simply contained in the upright from an ideal Czibor move from his outdoors left.”GOAL! Hungary 6-1 England (Broadis 69): “England didn’t surrender the battle and Broadis bought a stunning aim from the sting of the realm with a tough shot broad of the keeper.”GOAL! Hungary 7-1 England (Puskás 73): “Hungary’s captain broke away within the centre and shot previous Merrick after disposing of the remainder of the English defence.”FULL TIME: Hungary 7-1 England. Oh Walter! The end result stands as England’s biggest-ever defeat, though: Hungary’s golden workforce one way or the other conspired to lose that 12 months’s World Cup remaining; England went on to win the World Cup a dozen years later; the English are agency favourites to return away with all three factors from Budapest tonight. However some stains by no means wash away, and good luck avoiding discuss of 1954 at any time when this fixture is performed in the course of the subsequent few centuries. It’s simply the way in which issues need to be. Kick off at Puskás Aréna Park is at 5pm BST. It’s on!

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