England vs Hungary Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 12/10/2021
Thursday sees Hungary play host to England in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. England currently sit at the top of Group I in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with nine points, but Hungary – who are in second – can leapfrog them with a win here. Will the Three Lions pick up their fourth win in this qualification group or can Hungary take the scalp of the recent Euro 2020 finalists?
After being drawn in a tough group alongside Germany, France and Portugal, Hungary were never expected to do well at Euro 2020. Indeed, they were eliminated at the first hurdle, but draws with France and Germany meant that they acquitted themselves well. After an encouraging start to their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign, Marco Rossi’s side have given themselves a fighting chance of reaching Qatar next December.
While a stadium fire threatened the postponement of England’s clash with Andorra on Saturday, the Three Lions were the ones to extinguish any fleeting Pyrenees hopes of a World Cup Finals appearance with a straightforward 5-0 win on the plastic pitch.
Gareth Southgate’s youthful and attacking lineup saw Ben Chilwell, Bukayo Saka, Tammy Abraham, James Ward-Prowse and Jack Grealish all find the back of the net at the weekend, with some of the Three Lions’ fringe players certainly staking claims for more regular roles.
With 19 points gleaned from seven matches in Group G, England have cemented their position at the top of the rankings with a healthy four-point lead over Albania and – barring a collapse of mammoth proportions – will book their tickets to Qatar next month.
Since that fateful evening against Italy at Wembley, England have scored 14 and conceded just one in four World Cup Qualifying battles, with September’s 1-1 draw with Poland proving to be little more than a minor setback en route to another Finals tournament.
Furthermore, the Three Lions are on a remarkable streak of 12 successive World Cup Qualifying victories on home soil, while they have not lost such a game at Wembley since a 1-0 defeat to Germany in 2000, making Hungary’s task all the more implausible.
Not even Hungary – the team that won the hearts of the Euro 2020 neutrals with dogged performances against France and Germany – were safe from surprise package Albania on Saturday, as Marco Rossi’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat to their rivals.
Chelsea’s Armando Broja struck the only goal with 10 minutes remaining as Hungary’s Qatar 2022 hopes suffered another bitter blow, and Rossi’s men are now rank outsiders to pip Albania or Poland to second spot and keep their World Cup aspirations alive.