While Wednesday’s away victory against Andorra was a mandatory one, with it the Hungarian national team has matched its previous nine-match undefeated streak seen in 1971-72, sports daily Nemzeti Sport writes.
The Hungarian team went with some apprehension into the match, given that they were playing on a field with artificial grass they were not used to but still managed to win 4-1, which also means that in the five-team group I of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers it now stands second with 7 points, behind England with 9 points and ahead of Albania with 6 points.
The last nine-match unbeaten streak of the national soccer team began on Sept. 25, 1971, when Hungary beat Bulgaria 2-0 at home and ended in the semifinal of the 1972 European Cup when the Soviet team beat Hungary 1-0.
The only fly in the ointment was the injury of 25-year-old Hungarian midfielder Zsolt Kalmár, who is currently the captain of the Slovak FC DAC.
“We were better in the second half than in the first, but I’m not perfectly happy. Mainly because of the goal we received, and I am disappointed with the injury of Zsolt Kalmár,” the Hungarian national team’s Italian coach Marco Rossi said. “I hope he recovers for the European Championships, but I’m afraid he won’t. I am very disappointed about this. Kalmár and Szoboszlai are our two most technical players, so it would hurt to lose them.”
Title image: Nemzeti Sport/Károly Árvai.