Live Match Hub: Hungary vs Wales
10 June 2019

Live Match Hub: Hungary vs Wales


12 June 20196:23am

Ryan Giggs was again left frustrated as his Wales team paid the price for defensive errors and not taking their chances as Hungary claimed a 1-0 victory in Budapest through a goal from Mate Patkai.

"I know there are still a lot of points but we have made it really difficult for ourselves," said Giggs after the Group E European Qualifier. "You look at the games, we still had enough chances to win the games. In our defence it is tough - not enough of our players were at peak fitness. But we have to probably win nearly every game now. We are probably relying on teams around us to drop points, which they will do because it is competitive."

The defeat followed on from Saturday's defeat against World Cup finalists Croatia in Osijek. "In both games you have to take your chances at this level. If you don't, this is what happens," the manager added. "Soft goals we gave away in both games. Again, you can't do that as this level. We pride ourselves on our defending as a team, making sure that first of all we are hard to beat - that was the bedrock of the success over the last three or four years, making sure we don't concede goals."


11 June 20196:35pm

Manager Ryan Giggs has made a number of changes to his starting line-up from the side that suffered a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Saturday for the European Qualifier against Hungary.

Captain Ashley Williams returns to the side along with Ethan Ampadu, Chris Gunter, Tom Lawrence and David Brooks, who scored the consolation goal from the bench in Osijek. Chris Mepham, Harry Wilson, Will Vaulks, Matthew Smith and Connor Roberts all drop down to the bench.

The inclusion of Gunter means that the popular defender will make his 95th international appearance for his country in Budapest. Follow @Cymru throughout the night for live updates and check back here for all the post-match reaction.


11 June 20196:16pm

Former Wales international Ollie Burton met manager Ryan Giggs and members of the current squad in Budapest this afternoon ahead the European Qualifier against Hungary.

Burton made nine appearances for his country between 1962 and 1972 during a professional playing career that took him to Norwich City, Newport County and Newcastle United. It was during his time with Newcastle that his connection with Hungary was made, as he played in both legs of the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final against Ujpesti Dozsa.

Newcastle United won the final 6-2 on aggregate. Burton retired in 1972 was one of two Welsh internationals in the team that started both legs, the other being Wyn Davies. The former defender is currently in Budapest as a guest of the Hungarian FA in recognition of the 50th anniversary of that European final.



11 June 20194:52pm

The action continues in Group E as Azerbaijan take on Slovakia in Baku before Wales meet Hungary in Budapest this evening.

Here are the current standings in what is already proving to be one of the most competitive groups in the European Qualifiers.



11 June 20197:38am

Defender Chris Gunter highlighted the contribution of the travelling fans when he spoke to the media in Budapest on Monday.

Wales' all-time record appearance holder is the senior figure in a young and talented group of players who will be desperate to make amends for the recent defeat to Croatia when they take on Hungary in European Qualifying this evening.

Click the video below to watch Chris Gunter's press conference in full.


10 June 20196:16pm

Hungary have played at the Groupama Arena in Budapest since September 2014, winning their last four matches at the stadium.

Of the 15 competitive international games played at the venue, Hungary have claimed ten victories, and successfully qualified for UEFA EURO 2016 during their first qualifying campaign at the stadium. However, the side have only won one friendly match out of nine, a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in November 2017.

The side won all three of their home games at the stadium in the UEFA Nations League, beating Greece, Estonia and Finland, and impressively began the current qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over Croatia here in March.


10 June 20195:22pm

Ryan Giggs and Chris Gunter sat down with the media in Budapest earlier today to look ahead to the Group E European Qualifier against Hungary before training at the Groupama Arena.

Following the 2-1 defeat against Croatia in Osijek on Saturday, Giggs was questioned over his team selection and the performances of substitutes Ethan Ampadu and goalscorer David Brooks. "I realise after the impact they made, a lot of fans are asking why I didn't start them," said the manager.

"Ethan hasn't started a game for six months and Brooksy didn't end the season with Bournemouth. He only trained for two days. You're already giving up two substitutions and you're not being fair on the other players. That's my job and it's our job as staff to assess what's best. Brooksy's ankle seems fine and Ethan was feeling his back a little bit but I think that was more from a knock that he got. After the training session we'll know a lot more.

"Sometimes you can be stiff two days after a game. It's a light session today and we've had a good recovery. We got here in good time, the recovery process has run smoothly and we're happy with how it's gone since the game. I thought a lot of the players did well but we have to take the heat into consideration. Some of the players are short of minutes at the end of the season so maybe it's about freshening the side up a little bit but also assessing how the recovery has gone."

Click the video below to watch the press conference in full.



10 June 20195:08pm

Hungary manager Marco Rossi will not be in the dugout on Tuesday for the European Qualifier against Wales in Budapest.

The Italian was sent to the stands during the 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday. It is not the first time that the former Sampdoria and Brescia defender has been banned from the touchline since his appointment this time last year, as he was also sent from the touchline during the UEFA Nations League match against Greece last October.

Fellow Italian and assistant manager Cosimo Inguscio will take his place in the technical area on Tuesday evening.


10 June 201912:03pm

Slovenian referee Matej Jug will take charge of the Group E European Qualifier between Hungary and Wales in Budapest on Tuesday evening.

The 38-year old took charge of Scotland's UEFA Nations League match against Albania earlier this season, and also officiated in the group stages of both the Champions League and the Europa League. This is Jug's first senior international involving either Wales or Hungary, although he did referee Wales U17s against Iceland U17s in 2009, a team that included current senior internationals Jonathan Williams, Ben Davies and Danny Ward.


10 June 20197:07am

Defender Ben Davies has emphasised the need for a better performance from Wales against Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday evening following the 2-1 defeat to Croatia at the weekend.

"We have to start the game better," said Davies to BBC Sport. "We can't afford to concede sloppy goals like we did. Hopefully, when those chances come, it's to win a game. We were up against a good side but I don't think we gave the best account of ourselves. I think we're a better team than we showed."

Davies was a key player for Wales at UEFA EURO 2016, and having come through the intermediate ranks himself, understands the challenges facing the young players that manager Ryan Giggs as brought into the fold since his appointment.

"This is their first real taste of international football," Davies added. "Sometimes it doesn't matter how you win games, it's just about making sure that we stop the opposition from doing their thing and showing a better account of ourselves. We haven't really got too much time for that learning curve if we want to qualify for the Euros."



09 June 20194:48pm

Wales and Hungary have met ten times in the past, with the first two games between the nations taking place at the 1958 FIFA World Cup finals.

The first meeting between the two countries took place in the group stages of the tournament as a goal from Jozsef Bozsik was cancelled out by John Charles in a 1-1 draw. The two sides then played each other again in a play-off to decide which team would advance to the knock-out stages.

Despite Hungary taking the lead through Lajos Tichy, Wales responded in the second half through goals from Ivor Allchurch (below) and Terry Medwin. Wales progressed to the quarter-finals but suffered a 1-0 defeat against eventual winners Brazil.

Wales have won five of the ten meetings, with Hungary claiming three victories in 1961, 1962 and 1985. The last two fixtures were friendlies, and were both won by Wales. In 2004, goals from Jason Koumas and Robert Earnshaw earned Wales a 2-1 win in Budapest. One year later, a brace from Craig Bellamy was enough to claim a 2-0 win in Cardiff.



09 June 20194:44pm

David Brooks came off the bench on Saturday to score his first international goal in the 2-1 defeat to Croatia in Osijek.

Click the video below to watch his fine strike again.


09 June 20194:40pm

Two goals from Willi Orban helped Hungary to a 3-1 victory over Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday evening, and moved the side to the top of Group E ahead of Tuesday's match against Wales.

Orban opened the scoring on 18 minutes and the RB Leipzig defender doubled the advantage early in the second half. Azerbaijan pulled themselves back into the match after 69 minutes through Mahir Emreli, but substitute David Holman restored the two goal advantage for Hungary minutes later to seal the win.

The Live Match Hub brings you all the latest news in the build-up to the European Qualifier between Hungary and Wales in Budapest on Tuesday, 11 June.

Check this page regularly for updates from both teams.