In recent hours, the players of the Hungarian national team have had to cut themselves off from the world in order to be able to concentrate on their match against Germany. Following a law very unfavorable to homosexuals passed in their country, they have undoubtedly not escaped sharp criticism from public opinion, especially after UEFA’s refusal to light up the Munich enclosure in LGBT colors.
This controversy, however, did not disturb the men of Marco Rossi. While everyone saw them sink in the face of waves of German attacks, Loïc Nego’s partners did better than that. In the eleventh minute, Adam Szalai raised a whole crowd by opening the scoring. And at the same time, he terrorized all of Germany, which for a long time remained fourth in the classification of Group F and therefore eliminated.
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Very frustrated players
Strong defensively, the 37th nation in the FIFA rankings also proved to have character when Andras Schäfer immediately put his team behind after Kai Havertz equalized. In the end, Rossi’s men had to share the points with the Mannschaft (2-2) and therefore leave the Euro. With great frustration.
“Even fairy tales end, and not necessarily in a happy way. I’m very proud of my team, but also disappointed because they were so close to winning and qualifying. I am completely satisfied, I wanted to play more attacking football, but we had to be realistic, we had to do what our strengths allowed us to do against such opponents ”Rossi said after the match.
A feeling also shared by Schäfer. “The team deserved more, we fought a lot over these three matches, it really hurts to be eliminated like that. But I am very proud of the national team. We defended heroically and if one team wanted that much, it was ours. Unfortunately, we were unlucky. “
Featured in the media
But that the players and the staff of the selection rest assured, the local press did not fail to congratulate them. “The Hungarian national team died a heroic death in the death group”, written down Metropol, which points out that Hungary finished just two points behind the French world champions.
For his part, Nemzeti Sport speaks of a “Damn 84th minute” to evoke the fatal goal of Goretzka, before indicating that several tens of thousands of spectators present in the Puskas Arena (where France and Portugal were playing) applauded the national team at length once the two matches were over. Finally, the Serbian and Slovak media (neighboring countries of Hungary) also wanted to salute the performance of the Magyars.
“Nobody expected such madness at the Euro! The Hungarians were close to causing a sensation, but the Germans are the Germans ”(Blic), “Hungary was very close to a huge global sensation against the 2014 world champion” (Sportnet.sk), “It may sound trite, but if someone had told us seven years ago that we would play on equal terms in the group of French and German world champions and Portuguese European champions, we would have signed straight away” ( Szurkolo). That won’t take away the disappointment of elimination, but the Hungarians have much to be proud of.