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England

2

vs.

1

Hungary

Steven GERRARD 69’ 73’

MotM = Steven GERRARD (ENG)

Phil JAGIELKA 62og’

International Friendly

Ref = Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)

Wembley Stadium

ENGLAND was on the verge of yet another agonising defeat to Hungary at Wembley last night.

It was Hungary who were the first non-British team to beat England at Wembley (3-6 in 1953), and they also inflicted England’s biggest ever defeat (1-7 in Budapest, 1954). In fact the Magical Magyars were at one point the strongest international football team in history, with an Elo score of 2,166 points on 30 June 1954.

But the Hungary players of today are (with respect) nowhere near as good as their legendary compatriots were. So as you can imagine, England fans were expecting to see some of the wrongs righted from the 1950s and this summer’s awful World Cup campaign.

The first twenty minutes didn’t look bad at all. But after that I sat back in my chair (I was on the edge of it) and my smile turned into a concerned frown. Yes we were playing well, but we still had a big ‘0’ next to us. This was probably the reason why the team was booed off at half-time.

Things didn’t pick up at the start of the second half either, and just after the hour mark the unthinkable happened: Hungary scored. Well when I say Hungary scored, what I mean is the ball deflected of off Phil Jagielka and was cleared off the line, but the French linesman gave the goal.

IF FOOTBALL WALKED OUT OF THE DARK AGES AND JOINED: RUGBY, CRICKET AND TENNIS BY BRINGING IN VIDEO REPLAYS AND OR A REFERAL SYSTEM, THAT GOAL WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GIVEN!

Wembley Stadium erupted with boos. It couldn’t happen again surly? A goal going against us like that as well as England not beating a team we should destroy, and losing to Hungary.

But Captain Steven Gerrard made sure that this wouldn’t be the case. With 69 minutes in the clock he smashed the ball into the back of the Hungarian net from 20-yards out to level the scores. Just four minutes later, Gerrard beat four Hungarian players in their penalty box and drilled the ball home to put England in the lead.

Steven Gerrard: England’s saviour.

Hungary could have made to 2-2 in the last few minutes, but England keeper Joe Hart bravely stood up to the ball to secure England’s victory.

All in all, I’ve seen England play better than this, and although we won let’s not get carried away just yet. There is much to improve on before the start of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Some scores from elsewhere

Angola 0 – 2 Uruguay

Austria 0 – 1 Switzerland

Denmark 2 – 2 Germany

Mexico 1 – 1 Spain

Montenegro 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

Norway 2 – 1 France

Republic of Ireland 0 – 1 Argentina

South Africa 1 – 0 Ghana

Sweden 3 – 0 Scotland

Ukraine 1 – 1 Netherlands

U.S.A. 0 – 2 Brazil

Wales 5 – 1 Luxembourg

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