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Hungary v Italy Live Commentary, 26/09/2022

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0 - 2
HUN
ITA
G. Raspadori (27)
F. Dimarco (52)
Puskás Aréna

Commentary

That's all for today. Goodbye.
Both failing to qualify for the World Cup, Hungary next head to Luxembourg for an international friendly, with Italy travelling to Albania.
Italy have qualified for the finals of the Nations League after being Hungary 2-0. After Cristante went close, with his cross-come-shot cleared off the line by Szalai after Gulacsi spilled the ball, it was Raspadori who gave Mancini’s side the lead. He latched onto the ball after Gnonto sped in to close down the Hungary goalkeeper, running around the Leipzig man before turning the ball into the net. The home team then improved and could have scored just before the break, but Orban elected to ignore an open goal, squaring the ball to Szalai who missed the target. However, their best scoring chance came in the second half. Bursting forward, Nego, Szoboszlai, Styles and Szalai had shots saved or blocked before Italy scored moments later. Dimarco smashed the ball in from close range, getting on the end of a cross from Cristante who was played in by Barella.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: HUNGARY 0-2 ITALY
90' + 3' Schafer has a tame shot from the edge of the box cleared after the ball was cleared to his feet by Bonucci.
90' There will be four minutes of additional time.
P. Mazzocchi
G. Di Lorenzo
Italy
90' Substitution for Italy. Di Lorenzo is replaced by Mazzocchi.
89' Italy have a big chance to score a third. Dimarco's shot across the goal is palmed away as far as Scamacca who rockets the ball against the side of the net.
A. Fiola
Yellow Card
Hungary
87' Fiola receives a yellow card after a strong sliding challenge on Di Lorenzo.
L. Kleinheisler
D. Szoboszlai
Hungary
85' Substitution for Hungary. Szoboszlai is replaced by Kleinheisler.
82' Szalai launches the ball forward but nobody is there and Donnarumma. He waits for Adam to press before picking the ball up.
79' Adam is pushed to the floor by Bastoni inside the box with manager Rossi going mad on the touchline. VAR checks the incident but no penalty is given. Referee Benoit Bastien was not asked to go to the monitor.
77' Italy's four substitutions have unsettled them. Hungary have pinned them into their own third and look the most likely to score the game's next goal. They have 13 minutes to turn the match around.
M. Ádám
Á. Szalai
Hungary
75' Substitution for Hungary. Szalai is replaced by Adam.
B. Bolla
L. Négo
Hungary
75' Substitution for Hungary. Nego is replaced by Bolla.
73' Styles has had a real impact since coming on. He has had four of Hungary's 12 shots, three of which being on target.
T. Pobega
Jorginho
Italy
73' Substitution for Italy. Jorginho is replaced by Pobega.
G. Scamacca
G. Raspadori
Italy
72' Substitution for Italy. Raspadori is replaced by Scamacca.
71' Hungary have had more of the ball so far, with 51.7 per cent of possession.
69' Nego looks for a man at the back post but Di Lorenzo heads it out for a corner.
68' Orban crashes a shot over the bar after getting on the end of Fiola's cross from the left.
M. Gabbiadini
W. Gnonto
Italy
66' Substitution for Italy. Gnonto is replaced by Gabbiadini.
65' Styles goes for goal again. This time cutting in from the left, the Milwall man curls the shot just over the bar.
63' SAVE! Passed to by Szoboszlai, Styles' shot from the edge deflects off of Bonucci. Going the other way, the goalkeeper springs across the goal to push the ball out for a corner.
60' Orban looks for Szalai who bursts into the Italy box but his launched ball forward has too much power on it and it bounces out for a goal-kick.
57' The ball bounces to Dimarco on the edge who powers it well over the bar.
D. Gazdag
M. Kerkez
Hungary
57' Substitution for Hungary. Kerkez is replaced by Gazdag.
56' Dimarco plays the ball to Gnonto who is free down the right. The Leeds man cuts across the outside of the box and curls the ball wide.
55' Styles now should have scored for Hungary. Assisted by Nego, his free header from a tight angle is saved by Donnarumma.
B. Cristante
Assist
Italy
52' Cristante's run matches the excellent pass from Barella. Looking up, he sees Dimarco charging into the space and helps him have an easy finish.
F. Dimarco
Goal
Italy
52' GOAALLLL! DIMARCO SCORES! 2-0 ITALY! Italy have breathing room in the game. Barella slides the ball into the path of Cristante who bursts down the right of the box. He squares it across to Dimarco who races in and smashes the ball into the net.
50' HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN, AGAIN? Hungary really should be level. With the ball inside the Italy box, Szoboszlai, Nego and Szalai have shots blocked and saved with the ball directed out for a corner.
46' Early chance for Italy. Full-backs combine as Dimarco finds Di Lorenzo but the defender heads the ball over under pressure.
46' The game is back underway for the second half.
C. Styles
Á. Nagy
Hungary
46' Substitution for Hungary. Nagy is replaced by Styles.
A. Bastoni
F. Acerbi
Italy
46' Substitution for Italy. Acerbi is replaced by Bastoni.
Italy need to look to shoot more often, with Gulacsi having a poor game so far. The Hungary goalkeeper has looked nervous ever since he let Cristante’s cross through his palms and could have done better for the Italian’s opener. As for Hungary, they must get the ball into the feet of Nego and Szoboszlai more often. Sitting deep for most of the first half, the pair have dragged the home team forward and have forced the opposition defenders to pull them down when looking to move into the space.
Italy have a narrow lead as the teams head into the tunnel. After Di Lorenzo narrowly missed the target with a header, Mancini’s side took the lead through Raspadori. Also scoring against England, the Napoli striker latched onto a loose ball after Gulacsi collided with Gnonto who pressed him, rounding the goalkeeper and rolling the ball into an empty net. Hungary had just one clear chance in the first half, with Orban neglecting the opportunity to shoot the ball into an empty net after reaching Szoboszlai’s cross, instead looking for Szalai who missed the target.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: HUNGARY 0-1 ITALY
Á. Szalai
Yellow Card
Hungary
45' + 1' Szalai gets a yellow card. He fouls Jorginho with a light nudge but looks to pull the Chelsea man to his feet, grabbing the back of his shirt.
45' One minute of additional time.
43' A wild cross from Lang goes well over everyone and out for a goal-kick. The defender raises his hand and apologises for the poor ball in.
41' HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN? Szoboszlai's ball in beats everyone but Orban. He looks to direct the ball back across the box to Szalai with the ball going wide of the post. Orban would have scored if he shot the ball into the near post with the goal open.
40' Cristante brings down Nego who was bringing the ball forward down the right. Crossing position for Hungary.
38' Close from Italy again. Cristante dribbles down the left and looks for Gnonto. The Leeds man cannot get the ball under control and it is cleared away.
36' Dimarco brushes off challenges from Szoboszlai and Schafer, sending the ball into the box. Di Lorenzo gets it and lays the ball into the path of Raspadori who ignores Barella and smashes the ball against the Hungary defence from close range.
F. Acerbi
Yellow Card
Italy
34' Acerbi gets the first yellow card of the game for pulling back Nego who was looking to burst forward off the ball.
33' Donnarumma punches away a low cross from Nego.
31' WIDE! Italy almost scores again. A looping ball forward by Raspadori is met by Di Lorenzo who cuts onto his left foot and bends it just wide of the post.
29' A deep free-kick from Dimarco goes over the head of everyone and out for a goal-kick.
G. Raspadori
Goal
Italy
27' GOAALLLLL! RASPADORI SCORES! 1-0 ITALY! Italy take the lead through Raspadori. After a handful of defensive mishaps, Gnonto closes down Gulacsi who can only clear the ball to the forward. The Napoli man rounds the goalkeeper and taps the ball into an empty net.
26' Offside. A chipped ball forward from Acerbi finds Dimarco who drills the ball across the box. His pass misses everyone, with the flag raised for the original pass to the defender.
23' Szoboszlai and Szalai combine just inside the Italy half before the pass from the former towards Nego has too much power and Italy win back possession.
21' Counter chance for Hungary from an Italy corner. Szoboszlai bursts forward and plays the ball to Schafer. Looking for the return pass, Szoboszlai gets the ball back inside the box but is crowded out and loses possession.
19' Finola is back on the pitch and is fine to continue.
17' There is an accidental collision between the elbow of Jorginho and the head of Fiola. The Hungary man is down receiving treatment. Fionla was sliding to get the ball with his head hitting the arm of the Chelsea man who was looking the other way.
15' There have been a total of three shots so far in the game, none of which have hit the target.
13' Raspadori looks to chase down Acerbi's long ball forward but his pass has too much power on it and the ball bounces out for a throw-in deep in the Hungary half.
12' A free-kick by Raspadori is directed towards the bottom corner by Di Lorenzo but his free header goes just wide.
10' Cristante looks to send Gnonto away down the left but Gulacsi is quick off his line to claim the ball. The Leeds United man did look to be in an offside position even if he did reach the ball.
7' Dimarco goes down in the box after being nudged by Lang but the referee waves away his claims for a penalty.
6' SO CLOSE! Italy almost take the lead in a fortunate fashion. A cross by Cristante slips out the palms of Gulacsi and the ball is cleared off the line by Szalai who saves his goalkeeper.
5' Di Lorenzo drives down the left and has a cross blocked out for a corner by Kerkez.
4' Cristante looks to switch the play but Kerkez intercepts his pass. The ball deflects high into the air and lands into the hands of Gulacsi.
3' Szoboszlai smashes the wall before his shot on the rebound is blocked out for a corner by Toloi.
2' Early free-kick in a shooting position for Hungary after the ball brushes against the arm of Barella. Szoboszlai to take from the left of the box.
1' Hungary gets this Nations League clash underway.
Italy conceded five goals in their last away match in the Nations League (5-2 loss to Germany). Hungary have scored just twice at home this campaign, but have collected four points (1-0 victory over England followed by a 1-1 draw against Germany).
As for Italy, Roberto Mancini also makes just the one alteration to the team that was victorious in their previous Nations League match. West Ham striker Scamacca makes way for 18-year-old forward Gnonto.
Hungary make just one change to the side that beat Germany last time out. Gazdag moves onto the bench and is replaced by Nego. Thirty-four-year-old forward and captain Szalai starts his final match for Hungary after announcing that he will retire from international football after this match.
ITALY SUBS: Vincenzo Grifo, Gianluca Scamacca, Alessandro Bastoni, Alex Meret, Manolo Gabbiadini, Davide Frattesi, Alessio Zerbin, Ivan Provedel, Pasquale Mazzocchi, Luiz Felipe, Salvatore Esposito, Tommaso Pobega.
ITALY (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Francesco Acerbi, Rafael Toloi; Bryan Cristante, Jorginho, Federico Dimarco; Giacomo Raspadori, Wilfried Gnonto, Nicolo Barella.
HUNGARY SUBS: Endre Botka, Daniel Gazdag, Balint Vecsei, Martin Adam, Kevin Varga, Denes Dibusz, Peter Szappanos, Bendeguz Bolla, Attila Mocsi, Callum Styles, Peter Barath, Laszlo, Kleinheisler.
HUNGARY (3-4-2-1): Peter Gulacsi; Adam Lang, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Attila Fiola, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, Milos Kerkez; Loic Nego, Dominik Szoboszlai; Adam Szalai.
As for Italy, they kept their chances of qualifying for the finals alive after beating England last time out, with a goal from Giacomo Raspadori enough to relegate Gareth Southgate’s team. However, if they want to make it out of the group, they must beat Hungary, who are currently two points above them. The Italians have also lost just once, securing two wins and two draws.
Hungary have had a successful Nations League campaign so far and will qualify for the finals stage if they avoid defeat against Italy. Currently sitting on ten points after a narrow victory over Germany last time out, Marco Rossi’s side have won three and drawn one of their five matches, with their only defeat coming against today’s opponents.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Nations League clash between Hungary and Italy.