Hungary earned their spot at Euro 2016 after a fabulous performance at the second-leg tie on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Norway. Bernd Storck’s team dispatched Norway with 3-1 on aggregate.
Hungary have already won a 1-0 victory over Norway in the first leg of the play-offs.
Hungary achieved an early advantage and they have been holding it for the most time of the game. The team even doubled the leading. Markus Henriksen succeeded in scoring one point for Norway, but it was not enough for a victory.
This qualification of Hungary is their first since 1986 World Cup. The success came after a tempestuous and unstable campaign.
The footballers were trained by three different coaches. Attila Pintér was their coach until last September. Then Pál Dárdai was appointed for the job, but he focused on being a Hertha Berlin’s coach. Bernd Storck has become a trainer of the Hungary national team, who had the task to get the team through the finals.
The match was a tie. Most time Norway possessed the ball in Budapest, as they did in Oslo during the first leg. However, they could not beat Hungary.
Gábor Király, Hungary goalkeeper, did his best in the both halves and blocked Haitam Aleesami and Marcus Pedersen from scoring.
During the first half Tamás Priskin scored a goal for Hungary. Priskin chased down a great pass from Kádár and shot into to the net’s right corner from 18 metres.
Norway needed at least two goals to qualify. In the end of the first half Per-Mathias Høgmo’s team almost succeeded in scoring into the Hungary’s net, but could not finish their attack successfully. The bar saved Hungary from defender Even Hovland’s shot, assisted by Ødegaard.
Martin Ødegaard is the youngest international in the football history of Norway. He is a midfielder in Real Madrid.
After the 15-minute break, the coaches did some changes in the teams. Hungary replaced Ákos Elek with Ádám Pintér, and Norway brought on Marcus Pedersen and Pål André Helland for 16-year-old Martin Ødegaard and Mohamed Elyounoussi. Later on Dániel Böde and Krisztian Németh replaced Tamas Priskin and Laszlo Kleinheisler, and Norway’s coach chose to bring Jo Inge Berget for Per Skjelbred.
In the 82nd minute of the match, luck was no longer on the Norway’s side. Örjan Nyland was unable to keep out Henriksen’s accidental shot towards his own net. But 4 minutes later Markus Henriksen achieved in making up for his own goal and scored a point against Hungary.