Hungary end 44-year Euro absence with victory over Austria

Hungary upset the form book to beat neighbours Austria 2-0 in their first European Championship match since 1972, kick starting their campaign with an impressive display.

It was their first victory in a major tournament in 30 years.

Picked as dark horses by many before the tournament, Austria struggled to find their groove throughout and fell behind in the second half when Adam Szalai slotted a finish beneath goalkeeper Robert Almer.

Things went from bad to worse just moments later when Aleksandar Dragovich received a second yellow card, reducing Marcel Koller’s side to 10 men.

From then on Austria were second best as Hungary pressed for a second goal to finally kill the game.

And they found that second goal late on as Zoltan Stieber surged forward on the counter-attack, completely unmarked, to chip a neat finish over the keeper and into the net.

Little was expected of Hungary, but they executed their game plan perfectly in Bordeaux.

Now Austria face tough games against Portugal and Iceland, from which they must get something to stick on the board.