Full-time: Austria 0-2 Hungary

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Full-time: Austria 0-2 Hungary

It took some time to get going, but the opening game in Group F became well worth following in the end. Two second-half goals for the underdogs has gone a long way towards blowing this group wide open.

 Zoltan Stieber finds the net
Zoltan Stieber finds the net Getty Images


GOAL: Austria 0-2 Hungary (Stieber)

Game, set and match, Hungary. Zoltán Stieber is the man on this occasion, getting on the end of a counter-attack and calmly lobbing the onrushing keeper.

A delightful goal, that, and what a way to crown a memorable day for the Hungarians.

Hungary's players and fans celebrate
Hungary's players and fans celebrate Getty Images


Five minutes to go in Bordeaux and Hungary stand on the cusp of a MASSIVE win. Austria, for their part, are pushing forward in numbers, but there's just no cuteness in their approach.

They were many peoples' pre-tournament dark horses - yet they have not lived up to that this afternoon.

David Alaba
David Alaba complains to the referee Getty Images


Now time for another Hungarian change. László Kleinheisler makes way for Steiber. The Hungarians are hanging on for the win at the moment.

Hungarian fans celebrating
Hungarian fans celebrating Getty Images


The Austrians make their third and final switch Harnik departs, on comes Schöpf. He has around 15 minutes or so to make an impression on this game.

Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic cuts a frustrated figure Getty Images


The challenges are flying in now and Alaba's frustration is obvious. The left-footed star needs to keep his cool, because Austria have some must-win games on the horizon, still.

Balazs Dzsudzsak
Balazs Dzsudzsak celebrates his goal Getty Images


Guzmics curls an effort goalwards from distance, but the keeper just manages to poke it around the post.

Austria, who looked like the better side for the most part, are now facing a real uphill task. What have they got left? Time-wise, it's just 17 minutes.

Aleksandar Dragovic
Aleksandar Dragovic is given a second yellow card Getty Images


Ádám Szalai is now being replaced; he's already done his job for the day, mind you.

Adam Szalai
Adam Szalai celebrates his goal Getty Images


Red card (Dragovic)

What a dramatic few minutes in Bordeaux. Austria are a goal down and a man down now, after Dragovic receives a second yellow for a late tackle. To compound their misery, the foul came moments before the Austrians had the ball in the net.


GOAL: Austria 0-1 Hungary (Szalai)

Out of nowhere, the little-known Hungarians have taken the lead! Ádám Szalai is the hero, latching on to a well-timed through-pass before sliding it underneath the keeper.

Game on now.

Adam Szalai
Adam Szalai finds the net from close range Getty Images


Every now and again, we see a moment of quality from someone in these two teams. But the harsh reality, you feel, is that they both lack the sort of cutting-edge talent needed to unlock the best defences in this tournament.

There's a huge amount of effort, but not enough creativity. To make matters worse, Sabitzer is being introduced at the expense of Januzovic, who has picked up a knock.

Zlatko Junuzovic
Zlatko Junuzovic (left) goes down under pressure Getty Images


Dzsudzsák hits a powerful strike from distance, which is punched behind for a corner. He was billed as Hungary's danger man and that was a rare moment of quality in what has generally been a drab affair.


Zoltan Gera, formerly of West Brom, takes a shot from distance. However, his effort screws wide of the post and Austria can breathe easily.

David Alaba tries to create an opening
David Alaba tries to create an opening Getty Images


The first moment of quality in the second half is, unsurprisingly, produced by David Alaba. The Bayern star sends over a beautiful left-footed cross - but none of his teammates can get a toe on the end of it.

Without wishing to state the obvious, Austria must get as much of the ball to Alaba as possible. He is a top-notch player, and a cut above anything else on the pitch.

Austria's fans in the stadium
Austria's fans in the stadium Getty Images


Right, the players are back out on the pitch and we're under way. Some 45 minutes left to find a goal - but who, if anybody, will do it?

Alaba (left) lines up a freekick
Alaba (left) lines up a freekick Getty Images


Half-time: Austria 0-0 Hungary

So, that was a first-half that started brightly and ended even brighter - but had an awful lot of dross in between.

The Hungarians will be the happier side at the moment, though.

Fans in Bordeaux watch the match
Fans in Bordeaux watch the match Getty Images


Well, just as I type that, Arnautovic produces an eye-catching backheel that leads to a lightening counter-attack that almost ends with an Austrian goal. That was much, much more like it though, from the pre-match favourites.

On the flip side, the Hungarians then go racing up the left side, but Dzsudzsák drags his effort wide. It's taken a while to get going...

Gabor Kiraly
History man Gabor Kiraly watches on Getty Images


Less than five minutes until the break. There's been lots of huff and puff so far this afternoon, but bar the occasional flash of quality from Alaba, this has been pretty turgid stuff.

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Austria take a long throw from the right side. The ball bounces around in the box before it ultimately makes its way through to Arnautovic, but he can't find the right connection and Hungary survive.

Hungary fans watch on
Hungary fans watch on Getty Images


The resulting freekick is slung into the box from the left side but Szali - who is unmarked - gets his header all wrong. And then at the other end, Kiraly has to get down to his left to stop a goal-bound effort.

The game has come to life now.

 David Alaba
David Alaba (left) wins the ball for Austria Getty Images


Austria are awarded a freekick about 40 yards from goal. David Alaba stands over the ball in a Gareth Bale-like fashion, but his goal-bound effort it blocked by the wall.

The game has gone to sleep since that lively beginning, to be honest. Meanwhile, Austria's Dragovic has gone into the book after hacking his man down in an ungainly manner.


As we wait for something of note to happen in Bordeaux, it's worth recapping on Gabor Kiraly's impressive achievement. The 40-year-old keeper has become the oldest play to ever feature in this tournament.

And in case you're wondering, yes, he is wearing his iconic jogging bottoms for the historic occasion.

Gabor Kiraly
Gabor Kiraly has created history at Euro 2016 Getty Images


Oh, a penalty appeal for the Austrians - but nothing is doing. Junuzovic went down under pressure but, in truth, that would've been the cheapest spotkick in history.


Austria have been frustrated for the last ten minutes or so, as their early pressure has dissipated. Alaba, their key man, has also become a bit of a peripheral figure for the time being.

David Alaba
David Alaba shows his frustration Getty Images