Hungary surprised hosts Germany 1-0 courtesy of Adam Szalai’s sensational heel flick on Friday to remain on target 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 in opposition to Italy on Monday, raced to the close to submit and flicked the ball into the online together with his heel from a nook within the seventeenth minute to depart goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen frozen on the spot.
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Hungary, who additionally beat England 4-0 away in June for the hosts worst house defeat for 94 years, are high of the group on 10 factors with Italy second on eight after beating England 1-0.
The Germans, in third place on six factors, suffered their first defeat beneath coach Hansi Flick of their penultimate recreation earlier than the World Cup in November, and might not qualify for the Nations League closing 4. England are backside on two.
Germany have been on the again foot from the beginning 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 menace, the hosts needed to wait 27 minutes earlier than firing a shot in direction of the Hungary objective, with Leroy Sane‘s long-range effort flying excessive over Peter Gulacsi‘s crossbar.
Sane did higher within the 51st however Gulacsi denied the Germany ahead. The house facet have been sharper after the break and had numerous possession however carved out far too few probabilities with lone striker Timo Werner taken off after 69 minutes.