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Scotland 0-1 Hungary: Kevin Csoboth 100th-Minute Goal Sends Hungary Through at Euro 2024

by: EdwardB


In a dramatic finale that sent shockwaves through Group A, Scotland fell to a 0-1 defeat against Hungary, thanks to Kevin Csoboth’s strike deep into the 100th minute of stoppage time. The late winner ignited celebrations among the Hungarian players and fans while leaving the Scots heartbroken and staring at an early exit from Euro 2024.

Csoboth Delivers Heartbreak for Scotland

As the clock ticked past the 100th minute, with Scotland desperately pushing for a winning goal that would have kept their knockout stage hopes alive, Hungary launched a devastating counter-attack. The ball fell to Csoboth inside the box, and the substitute kept his composure to steer a precise shot past the outstretched hand of Scottish goalkeeper Angus Gunn. The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Hungarian players and fans, who had endured a tense and emotionally charged encounter.

Scotland Tournament Hopes Dashed

The defeat deals a crushing blow to Scotland Euro 2024 campaign. Having drawn with Switzerland in their previous match and suffered an opening loss, the Scots knew victory was essential to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive. They threw everything at Hungary in the closing stages, but Csoboth’s late winner condemned them to a painful defeat that leaves them rooted to the bottom of Group A with just one point. The wait for a first European Championship win since 1996, and a first knockout stage appearance, goes on.

Hungary Revived and Looking to the Future

For Hungary, the victory provides a much-needed boost after back-to-back defeats had left their Euro 2024 campaign on the brink. They now sit in third place in Group A, needing a favorable outcome in the other group match between Switzerland and Germany to secure a place in the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams. The win serves as a reminder of the quality that saw them go 14 matches unbeaten between November 2022 and March 2023, a run that included impressive victories over England and Germany.

First-Half Tensions Run High

The opening 45 minutes featured a cagey and fiercely contested battle, with both teams displaying plenty of endeavor but struggling to carve out clear-cut chances. Scotland goalkeeper Gunn acted early on, making a smart save to deny Bendeguz Bolla, while at the other end, Dominik Szoboszlai sent a dangerous free-kick narrowly over the bar. Several crunching tackles punctuated the half, showcasing the high stakes and determination from both sides.

Second-Half Surge and Varga Injury Scare

Scotland emerged for the second half with renewed purpose, showing greater attacking intent as they sought a breakthrough. However, it was Hungary who went close to opening the scoring, with Roland Sallai and Marton Dardai both going close. The match was then temporarily overshadowed by a worrying incident as Hungarian striker Barnabas Varga collided heavily with Gunn while challenging for a header. The collision left Varga prone on the turf, requiring lengthy treatment before being stretchered off, visibly shaken, as a precaution.

Barnabas Varga Injury

A Dramatic Conclusion Unfolds

With the fourth official signaling a remarkable 10 minutes of added time, the stage set for a grandstand finish. Both teams sensed an opportunity, and the pace of the game intensified significantly. Gunn acted twice in quick succession to deny Andras Schafer and Szoboszlai, while Csoboth saw a shot cannon back off the post for Hungary. At the other end, Scotland defender Grant Hanley had a golden opportunity to win it for his side, only for Peter Gulacsi to brilliantly parry away his close-range effort. Just when it seemed the game was destined for a draw, Hungary broke forward, and Csoboth wrote his name into Hungarian football folklore with a coolly taken finish to break Scottish hearts.

As the final whistle blew, the contrasting emotions on display spoke volumes. Hungary, rejuvenated by their late, late show, live to fight another day, while Scotland, left to rue missed opportunities, begin the painful process of dissecting another disappointing major tournament exit. The dramatic conclusion serves as a reminder of the fine margins and unpredictable nature that makes tournament football so captivating.

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