Padraig Whelan·14 June 2022
Padraig Whelan·14 June 2022
There were plenty more Nations League fixtures on Tuesday as the action slowly starts to wind down ahead of the summer break.
This is what went down.
Scorers: Sallai 16′, 70′, Nagy 80′, Gazdag 89′
Hungary handed England their heaviest home defeat in almost 100 years with a stunning win in Wolverhampton.
Roland Sallai put Hungary in front to send the away support wild when England failed to deal with a deep free-kick into the area and the loose ball fell to the Freiburg man at the far post to thrash past Aaron Ramsdale.
Despite a change of system at the break, England continued to toil and then fell further behind when Sallai struck again with 20 minutes remaining when Kalvin Phillips lost possession deep in his own half after twisting himself into trouble.
Things capitulated further for the home side, much to the fury of the Molineux faithful, when Zsolt Nagy thundered in from the edge of the area on a swift breakaway before John Stones was sent off for two bookable offences.
And there was still time for things to worsen further as Dániel Gazdag raced in behind a static defence before clipping calmly over Ramsdale for a fourth.
It sees their horror start to the Nations League continue as Hungary become the first team to score four in England since they themselves managed it in 1963, while it is their heaviest loss on home turf since 1928.
Scorers: Kimmich 10′, Gündoğan pen 45+2′, Müller 51′, Werner 68′, 69′; Gnonto 78′, Bastoni 90+3
Germany took a 10th minute lead thanks to some very generous defending when no Italian defender picked up Joshua Kimmich in the centre and he had all the time in the world to take a touch and steer home.
That advantage was extended in first half injury-time when Ilkay Gündoğan scored from the penalty spot after Jonas Hofmann was fouled in the area by Alessandro Bastoni.
Thomas Müller made it three after half-time with his 44th goal for his country to move him into seventh place on Germany’s all-time scorers list before Manuel Neuer kept his clean sheet intact with a stunning reactionary save while off balance when he looked set to concede.
Timo Werner then made it five with two goals from close range in the space of 90 seconds, again benefitting from disastrous Azzurri defending on both occasions, with teenager Wilfried Gnonto’s first goal for his country proving little more than a consolation prize, as was Alessandro Bastoni’s first for his country in injury-time.
It is the first time since losing 6-1 to Yugoslavia in 1957’s Central European International Cup that Italy have conceded five or more goals in a single game.
Scorers: Lang 16′, Gakpo 23′, Memphis 90+3′; Johnson 26′, Bale pen 90′
Noa Lang’s superb strike gave the home side the lead when he spun dizzyingly on the edge of the area and then thundered an unstoppable strike into the back of the net.
And Wales, whose defending was much too passive, were quickly two down when Cody Gakpo was allowed to drive forward and get a shot away and although his initial attempt was blocked, he collected the rebound before curling low into the corner.
They quickly gave themselves a lifeline though when Brennan Johnson fired in via the post for Rob Page’s side and looked to have sealed a draw with Gareth Bale’s late penalty, only for Memphis to break their hearts late yet again with the winner.
Scorers: Dovbyk 47′, Collins 32′
The Republic of Ireland’s revival continued as they held group leaders Ukraine to a draw in a fixture they will feel they should have won.
Troy Parrott conjured up a miss of the summer contender for Stephen Kenny’s side when, completely unmarked at the back post, he skewed a header well off target but it was a defender who showed him how it was done.
That came when Nathan Collins picked up the ball in midfield, slalomed through three challenges and then poked into the corner with the outside of his foot for a stunning opener.
Ukraine equalised moments after the interval when sloppy Irish defending let Andriy Yarmolenko in on the right and his back post cross caught everyone ball-watching, allowing Artem Dovbyk the simplest of finishes to claim a point for the group leaders.
Scorers: Bichakhcyan 6′; Armstrong 14′, 45+1′, McGinn 50′, Adams 53′
Scotland bounced back from their surprise loss in Ireland as they fought back from an early deficit to run riot in Yerevan.
They fell behind after six minutes when Vahan Bichakhcyan tapped in from close range after Grant Hanley’s huge slip-up on the right flank let Armenia run through unchallenged to open the scoring but the visitors levelled quickly when Ché Adams inadvertently set up Southampton colleague Stuart Armstrong with a miscued overhead kick attempt, allowing the midfielder to stroke the stray ball into the corner.
And it was Armstrong who put Scotland in front in first half injury time, moments after the hosts were reduced to 10 men after Arman Hovhannisyan was shown a red card after following up a foul on Nathan Patterson with a headbutt on John McGinn.
The former Celtic man’s second came after collecting a beautiful pass from McGinn through a narrow gap inside the area and despite falling to the ground as he weaved beyond a challenge, still arrowed an off-balance effort into the corner for his finest international goal to date.
McGinn joined the scoring party five minutes after half-time, finishing on the spin from close range after a Patterson pass for a goal that sees him move into Scotland’s top 10 all-time scorers before Adams piled in with a fourth on the break by picking out the far corner.
Kamo Hovhannisyan saw red in injury time for a horrific leaping lunge on Lewis Ferguson as Scotland move on to six points from their nine on offer so far.