England wanted to take a big, almost definitive step towards the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday against Hungary at Wembley, but the inventors of football, leaders of group I of the qualifying phase, could not beat the Magyar team (1-1) .
England, who beat Hungary 0-4 in Budapest with racist abuses of English players by Magyar fans, scored all their goals in the second half on September 2. On this occasion Gareth Southgate’s men had problems in the first against a rival who jumped with courage and determination to Wembley and who even went ahead on the scoreboard and did not sentence in the second.
Indeed, a Luke Shaw penalty on Loic Nego made Roland Sallai 0-1 for the Magyars. It was the 24th minute. The Manchester United side, who saw a yellow card, raised his leg too high and hit Nego on the head.
Until then Jack Grealish and Luke Shaw had been the players who created the most danger for England, an England without success in the face of the goal and in which Harry Kane could not take advantage of a couple of good chances.
England looked to react when Hungary took the lead on the scoreboard and it was John Stones who managed to make it 1-1. Phil Foden served a free kick, Declan Rice headed the ball and the Manchester City defender hit the shot that leveled the game. It was 37 ‘and Wembley (minus the Hungarian fans who had already staged clashes with the police at the start of the match) expired. Before the break, Raheem Sterling had a good chance, but the ball went wide.
The second was a constant struggle by England for the second goal. He had chances. From Kane, from Sterling, one from Tammy Abraham, who went into the second half. But yesterday the runner-up in Europe had no aim and had to settle for one point.