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Scotland surrender second half lead to Hungary

Scotland 2

McGregor 25, Fraser 38

Hungary 2

Rado 68 (pen), 87
  • Wednesday, 05 March 2014
  • Tannadice Park
  • Under 21´s
  • International Challenge Match

Michael Colville | YFS East Region Journalist
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Billy Stark’s Scotland Under 21 side prepare for their vital game in May against Holland for the European Championship qualifier with a friendly against Hungary in front of 4500 fans at Tannadice Park. 
The game kicked off with an exciting start, Scotland had an early chance after Callum McGregor won the ball from a Hungary player then played it through to Ryan Fraser. Fraser controlled it well but Patrick Poor won the ball. 
Hungary got their first close chance just after 10 minutes, Bence Gyurjan took a great touch in Scotland’s box but sent his shot just wide of the post.
Scotland grabbed the first goal of the game in the 25th minute through Callum McGregor. After Callum Paterson was brought down just outside of the box and awarded a free kick, McGregor smashed a low shot into the bottom left corner making it 1-0. 
Hungary countered with a couple of close chances, Roland Szolnoki took a volley from outside the box but it curled over the bar. Shortly after Istvan Kovacs beat a player then played a superb ball through to Andras Rado but he was narrowly offside. 
A great passing move put Scotland 2-0 in the lead. In the 37th minute, McGregor played a clever ball to captain Stuart Armstrong on the right side then passed it into the centre for Fraser to place past the keeper with ease. 
The half time whistle blew shortly after, and it was 2-0 Scotland. Hungary did a lot of attacking and looked dangerous when on the move, but Scotland were pressing well and took their chances. 
  • Half Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-0
  • Hungary
For the second half Stark replaced Archer, Kelly and Armstrong with keeper Chris Kettings, Joe Chalmers and Sam Stanton respectively, the latter two making their debuts.
As Hungary started to take control of the game, by creating more chances and holding a lot more of the ball, Stark made a couple of more changes bringing on another two debut players Jack Grimmer and John McGinn replacing Slater and McLean. 
Hungary were back in the game in the 68th minute, as Joe Chalmers hand balled the ball in the box as it was heading out for a corner. Andras Rado stepped up to the spot confidently and slammed it into the top of the net making it 2-1. 
Hungary continued to press for another goal, Balint Vecsei took a shot towards goal which deflected off a Scotland defender, but he then followed it up with another strike which went narrowly wide. Istvan Kovacs also had a shot at goal soon after but it was straight at the keeper.
Danny Handling was given his debut when he and John Herron came on in the 76th minute for Fraser and Paterson, but Hungary’s pressure finally paid off in the final minutes of the game as Andras Rado scored his second goal of the game making it 2-2. Rado sped into the box with great pace, He skilfully cut back past a Scotland defender then swerved the ball past the keeper with great finesse. 
The game finished shortly after Hungary managed to snatch a late draw. Scotland played well the first half, and still fought hard in the second, but Hungary really came into the game and started taking control. 
Stark suggests the amount of subsitutions he made were a reason for their second-half performance. Although there was still a lot learnt which will benefit them in their upcoming games. Currently in the European Championship Qualifiers, Scotland are six points off of leaders Slovakia and three behind the unbeated Dutch side with three games left. 
  • Full Time:
  • Scotland
  • 2-2
  • Hungary



1. Jordan Archer
2. Marcus Fraser
3. Stuart Findlay
4. Sean Kelly
5. Jordan McGhee
6. Stuart Armstrong
7. Craig Slater
8. Kenny McLean
9. Callum McGregor
10. Callum Paterson
11. Ryan Fraser
12. Chris Kettings
14. Jonathan Henly
15. Jack Grimmer
16. Joe Chalmers
17. Sam Stanton
18. John McGinn
19. John Herron
20. Danny Handling

1. Levente Jova
2. Botond Barath
3. Adam Lang
4. Roland Szolnoki
5. Patrick Poor
6. Andras Rado
7. Istvan Kovacs
8. Bence Gyurjan
9. Balint Vecsei
10. Patrik Bacsa
11. Gergo Nagy
12. Laszlo Gyuru
14. Bence Batik
15. Attila Szakaly
16. Patrick Vass
17. Mark Tamas
18. Mark Jagodics
19. David Kelemen
20. Roland Ugrai

Star Player
Callum McGregor was my home star player because he scored a great opening goal for Scotland and had a tremendous game.
My away star player was Andras Rado because he scored two great goals and did brilliantly in getting Hungary back in the game.
Magic Moment
Fraser's goal was my home magic moment as it had a great build up with superb teamwork and was a good finish from Fraser.
My away magic moment was Rado's late goal as it was the equalizing goal for Hungary and it was taken very skilfully.
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