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Wales v Hungary Live Commentary, 19/11/2019

FT
2 - 0
WAL
HUN
A. Ramsey (15)
A. Ramsey (47)
Cardiff City Stadium

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!   
While Wales secured their place at next year's tournament tonight, Hungary will now have to make do with a spot in the play-offs and yet more high-pressure matches to try and join their counterparts when Euro 2020 kicks off. 
Wales qualify for Euro 2020, with a thoroughly deserved win over Hungary! The hosts - backed by a raucous crowd - started strongly and quickly took the lead through Ramsey's powerful header after good work by Bale. And they could have added to their lead shortly after as well, with both Bale and Moore going close in the opening moments. Hungary had their brightest spell after this, with both Sallai and Szoboszlai forcing Hennessey into crucial saves, but in the end a draw would have been unjust. Wales doubled their advantage in the second period with Ramsey's second sharp finish and they were barely troubled after that. In fact, the scoreline could have been even more impressive if James had been a little more fortunate as the game drew to a close. Nevertheless, the hosts will be thrilled with such an efficient second-half performance.    
90' + 3' FULL TIME: Wales 2-0 Hungary
90' + 2' Wilson lets fly from distance after relentless pressing from Moore, but his shot's weak and it bounces once before nestling in Gulacsi's arms. Wales are calmly and professionally wrapping this priceless win up. 
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added. 
89' Wilson immediately slaloms in behind the Hungary defence but his low cross is blocked behind by Lang. 
H. Wilson
G. Bale
Wales
88' Bale is replaced - to a standing ovation - by Wilson, after a scintillating display. 
D. James
Yellow Card
Wales
88' James is shown a yellow card after reacting angrily to a collision with Lovrencsics.
87' Hungary engineer a shooting chance for Szoboszlai on the edge of the area after clever build-up play, but Allen throws himself bravely at the effort to repel the danger. 
85' Ramsey attempts a cut lob through to find Bale's enterprising run, but it's slightly overhit and Gulacsi gathers before bowling out quickly to try and initiate a counter-attack.   
F. Holender
R. Sallai
Hungary
83' Sallai is replaced by Holender on the wing as the away side continue to try and work their way back from the two goal deficit. 
81' The pace of the game has slowed slightly, with Wales tightening up at the back while Hungary have seemingly started to lose hope of a wild comeback.  
79' Another Hungary attack stalls as James tenaciously tracks back to cover Szoboszlai and the attacker eventually barges James over as Wales earn a free-kick.  
77' Ramsey's had an incredibly dominant game from his advanced role today. His clever anticipation has allowed him to gather countless loose passes and ricochets and Hungary haven't found a way to restrict him.   
75' Ramsey almost gets a hattrick! James shimmies past Lovrencsics and bustles his way towards the byline before squaring across goal, where Lang hacks a poor clearance straight to Ramsey, who slots a low effort towards the far corner, only for Gulacsi to block it with his legs! 
73' After a promising attacking performance in the first half, the away side have been completely nullified by Wales - Hungary are yet to even have a shot in this period. 
R. Varga
B. Dzsudzsák
Hungary
72' Dzsudzsak makes way for Varga after a quiet second half. 
T. Lockyer
Yellow Card
Wales
72' Lockyer's now shown a yellow card for a decidedly late foul on Szalai near the halfway line. 
I. Kovács
Yellow Card
Hungary
71' Kovacs is booked for a high lunge on Ampadu who's left momentarily on the ground. 
70' James goes close with a great strike! Hungary have struggled to subdue both wingers today and in their latest attack, Wales push forward down the left, where James cuts inside and shapes a curling effort that spins inches past the far post. 
68' James scurries past Lovrencsics, before scooping a clever pass to the back post where there's, unfortunately, no attacker to tap home. 
M. Pátkai
Yellow Card
Hungary
66' Patkai is booked for an aggressive late challenge on Ramsey as Hungary's frustration begins to show.  
65' If Wales see this game out now and qualify they'll naturally have Bale to thank for a lot of their success. The iconic attacker has now been directly involved in six goals in his last six home fixtures for Wales! 
63' Wales win yet another free-kick in a strong position and this time Bale curls one in that goes just beyond Lockyer's jump and into Gulacsi's arms. 
62' Ramsey is having an electric game so far and he pounces on another loose ball 25 yards from goal, before driving into the box and screwing a driven effort five yards wide of the far post.   
I. Kovács
Á. Nagy
Hungary
60' Adam Nagy is replaced by Kovacs as Hungary desperately search for a spark to get back into this game. 
58' Wales keep possession for a long period, forcing Hungary to move up the pitch in pursuit and Hennessey almost capitalises by hammering a long ball through to Moore who's initially away on goal, but Barath recovers to poke it away from the striker. 
56' Lovrencsics scythes James down on the left flank and Wales win another free-kick to toss into the box. However, this time Davies' delivery isn't quite as inviting and Barath manages to head it away from harm.    
54' Wales have engineered seven shots from inside the box compared to Hungary's two. They've offered a more consistently dangerous threat going forward so far and it's reflected in the scoreline. 
52' Bale goes close! Lang urgently crashes into Moore during an aerial duel, providing Wales with an exciting free-kick on the edge of the box. Bale steps up and attempts to surprise Gulacsi by curling an effort at the near post, but it glides inches over the bar and Hungary survive. 
51' Bale teases Zsolt Nagy before hammering in a worrying cross that Lang slices wide for another corner. 
E. Ampadu
J. Morrell
Wales
50' Morrell is replaced by Ampadu in the heart of Wales' midfield. 
49' Well, Hungary have it all to do now. Once more, they've started the half slowly and Wales have taken their chance to put themselves in a commanding position. 
K. Moore
Assist
Wales
47' Moore's been a menace from every set-piece and Hungary struggle to cope with the target-man once again, with his volley flashing across goal towards Ramsey for a simple opportunity! 
A. Ramsey
Goal
Wales
47' WALES GET A SECOND! 2-0! Adam Nagy lunges in on James late, earning Wales a free-kick 25 yards from goal on the left. Davies whips in the delivery towards Moore who volleys it across goal, where Ramsey instinctively pounces on the loose ball, before taking a touch and curling a close-range finish beyond Gulacsi!
46' Wales get the second period underway. 
As things stand, Wales will be securing qualification to Euro 2020 over Hungary. To make matters worse for the away side, Slovakia are also currently beating Azerbaijan, meaning that they'll need to overturn the deficit and beat Wales today to make it through. Naturally, you'd expect Hungary to commit plenty of men forward now and Wales may have much more space to operate.   
Wales hold a narrow 1-0 lead at the break after a breathless first half from both teams! The hosts started strongly, buoyed by a passionate crowd, and took the lead quickly through Ramsey's smart header from a Bale cross. They had chances to add to their lead too, when Moore narrowly cushioned another Bale delivery inches wide. However, Hungary showed plenty of resilience and began to grow into the game; in the end, it was only a magnificent Hennessey double-save that stopped first Szoboszlai and then Sallai from equalising. 
45' HALF TIME: Wales 1-0 Hungary 
43' The frenetic pace has started to slow down slightly as we approach half time, with both sides seemingly preserving themselves for a critical second 45. 
41' Bale curls in another cross for the lively Moore, but Lang manages to head the danger away before Allen fires a 25 yard half-volley straight at Barath. 
39' Ramsey wins a free-kick in a promising area near the touchline, but the delivery from James is poor and Gulacsi rises to claim the cross. 
37' Davies makes a rare foray forward from left-back and he cuts inside and hits a tame shot from 25 yards that Lang clears easily.  
35' Despite these missed chances, Hungary seem to have finally settled into this game. Their front three are energetically moving behind Szalai now and the two Welsh holding midfielders are struggling to cope with this threat. Nevertheless, Wales look dangerous on the counter-attack themselves and this game looks perfectly poised.  
33' Hennessey makes a stunning double save! Hungary must be wondering how they haven't equalised there! Lovrenscics flights in a diagonal ball that Szalai knocks down for Szoboszlai to crack off a crisp volley from 12 yards that Hennessey palms out, before Sallai races in to try and convert the rebound only to see Hennessey react to gather his low shot towards the bottom corner! 
31' Adam Nagy attempts to initiate a breakaway for Hungary but Morrell races back to stop his run to rapturous applause from the home fans.   
29' Wales almost get a second! The hosts attack immediately following Hungary's cries for a penalty and they quickly find Bale in space on the right. Bale once again cuts inside before standing up a cross that finds Moore free six yards out, but the striker can only guide his header inches past the far post! 
28' Hungary appeal for a penalty! Szoboszlai nutmegs Allen, before darting into the box where Mepham halts his path with a stern block. It was off the ball, but Hungary can certainly feel aggrieved that the referee waved play on. 
26' Hungary almost equalise! Dzsudzsak whips in an inviting delivery for Barath, who rises highest to nod just over the bar from 12 yards! 
25' Ramsey trips Szoboszlai as Hungary attempt to counter-attack and the away side are awarded a free-kick in a promising area. 
23' Hungary have yet to string a fluent period of possession together. They've been overwhelmed by the high press of the hosts so far and need to find a more effective way to get into dangerous areas. 
21' Ramsey slips James in behind the defence down the left, where he cuts back inside and - while the crowd are desperately urging him to shoot - he elects to try and dribble past Lovrencsics who fends the attacker off. 
19' Bale attempts to jink past Zsolt Nagy again, but this time the full-back manages to sneak possession off the attacker and clear it away.  
17' Well, Wales have dominated the early exchanges and with their first big opportunity, they take the lead. Hungary will need to be careful not to succumb to the home atmosphere and the exuberance of the Welsh team by keeping this at 1-0 for the time being.   
G. Bale
Assist
Wales
15' Bale has found plenty of space so far today and he punished Hungary on this occasion with a perfectly flighted cross for Ramsey to nod home!  
A. Ramsey
Goal
Wales
15' WALES TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! Roberts slips Bale in down the right, where the winger swings in an inviting cross before Ramsey makes a late run to charge onto the delivery and head powerfully past Gulacsi! That's just the start the hosts craved! 
12' James makes a burst down the left flank before spreading the ball out towards Bale who's been afforded plenty of space on the right. The attacker cuts inside onto his dangerous left foot, before attempting a curling effort from 20 yards that goes straight into Gulacsi's arms.  
10' Ramsey presses Lovrencsics relentlessly towards the corner flag, before seemingly winning possession back for Wales, before the referee brings play back for a goal kick.    
8' While Bale has obviously been Wales' talisman for several years now, Hungary also possess a match-winning talent going forward. Dzsudzsak has had 20 shots at goal and created 22 chances during qualifying; his total of 42 shot involvements is 27 more than any of this teammates. 
6' Bale is caught by Zsolt Nagy, winning the hosts a free-kick 40 yards from goal near the touchline. From the set-piece, Allen targets the imposing Moore with a clipped lob into the box, but no Welsh player can quite latch onto his knock-down and Hungary clear. 
5' Ramsey steals possession from Zsolt Nagy inside the Hungarian half, before racing down the right flank where a couple of defenders recover to crowd him out. For a second it looked as though space was opening up for Wales to exploit already. 
4' In theory - despite the tension evident in all the players - this should be an open, attacking game. Both teams know that a win guarantees guarantees qualification and will be throwing men forward accordingly. 
2' Lovrencsics immediately angles a long diagonal out towards Sallai who works possession inside to Dzsudzsak, where the attacker lashes a powerful shot that flies wildly over the bar from 35 yards. Most likely an attempt to fire away any early nerves. 
1' Hungary get the first half underway. 
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just minutes away!
While Hungary appear to be in a dominant position prior to kick off, their recent away record illustrates just how difficult it’ll be to secure qualification today. Hungary have lost five of their last six qualifying away matches for major tournaments, failing to score in four of those games.
The hosts make just two changes from the team that defeated Azerbaijan last week and crucially, Juventus midfielder Ramsey returns in place of Wilson – Wales will be leaning on his experience heavily to get over the line. Hungary, on the other hand, make six changes following their friendly defeat to Uruguay: most notably, RB Leipzig goalkeeper, Gulacsi, returns to shield the away goal today.
SUBS: Istvan Kovacs, Denes Dibusz, Mate Vida, Attila Szalai, Filip Holender, David Holman, Roland Varga, Daniel Gazdag, Bence Pavkovics, Robert Feczesin, Barnabas Bese, Adam Kovacsik.
HUNGARY (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Gergo Lovrencsics, Botond Barath, Adam Lang, Zsolt Nagy; Mate Paknai, Adam Nagy; Balazs Dzsudzsak, Dominik Szoboszlai, Roland Sallai; Adam Szalai.
SUBS: Dylan Levitt, Tyler Roberts, Adam Davies, Rabbi Matondo, Sam Vokes, Tom King, Ashley Williams, James Lawrence, Harry Wilson, Will Vaulks, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Gunter.
WALES (4-2-3-1): Wayne Hennessey; Connor Roberts, Tom Lockyer, Chris Mepham, Ben Davies; Joe Allen, Joe Morrell; Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Dan James; Kieffer Moore.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this European Championship Qualifiers Group E clash between Wales and Hungary. For both teams this marks the culmination of their qualifying campaign; and fittingly, this is their most important game by some margin. Wales need a victory to leap past Hungary into second place and seal their spot in Euro 2020 – no other result will do. Meanwhile, the away side need to avoid defeat and to match Slovakia’s result against Azerbaijan in order to take second spot. Both teams still have the safety net of the play-offs if they fail today, but they’ll be desperate to avoid any extra anxiety by booking their place in next year’s tournament upon the final whistle with three points.