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30,000 children see Hungary beat England, Italy-Germany equal | NOW

England failed to beat Hungary for the first time in 60 years on Saturday. The Nations League match, which could almost only be visited by children due to a UEFA penalty, ended in a 1-0 victory for the home country in Budapest. Later in the evening, Italy-Germany ended in a 1-1 draw.

Despite the punishment imposed by the Hungarian federation for racism, the Puskás Arena was well filled. By a special rule, children accompanied by an adult were invited to attend the competition for free. Remarkably enough, they made themselves heard en masse with boos when the English knelt as a statement against racism.

The more than 30,000 children saw Dominik Szoboszlai score the only goal of the game halfway through the second half. The RB Leipzig midfielder was allowed to build from 11 meters after referee Artur Soares Dias whistled for a minor foul by substitute Reece James.

England looked uninspired in the hunt for the equalizer, so Hungary simply stayed on their feet. It marked the end of an impressive run of 22 games without defeat for the team of national coach Gareth Southgate (excluding duels that were decided with a penalty series).

Hungary’s last win over England dates back to 1962, when Hungary won 2-1 at the 1962 World Cup. Since then, England have been unbeaten in fifteen encounters against the Hungarians, who crowned themselves the group winners in Division B last year and promoted to Division A.

Joshua Kimmich took care of the 1-1 final score against Italy on behalf of Germany.


Joshua Kimmich took care of the 1-1 final score against Italy on behalf of Germany.

Joshua Kimmich took care of the 1-1 final score against Italy on behalf of Germany.

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Little spectacle at Italy-Germany

Despite the beautiful poster, there was little to enjoy later in the evening in the same group at Italy-Germany. Opportunities were scarce in Bologna and so were goals: 1-1.

Both goals came in quick succession in the second half. Before halftime, Italy was closest to a goal when Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca hit the post.

Italy, which had started with a B-team against the Germans, took the lead in the seventieth minute via Lorenzo Pellegrini. On a pass from debutant Wilfried Gnonto, who had only been on the field for five minutes, Pellegrini put his foot against the ball and opened the score.

Three minutes later it was already level. From a scrimmage the ball fell at the feet of Joshua Kimmich, who then took care of the 1-1 from close by and thus determined the final score.

In Group 1 of Division C, Turkey beat the Faroe Islands 4-0. Born Arnhemmer Ferdi Kadioglu made his debut with the home team. Between 2018 and 2021, Kadioglu played eighteen games for the Dutch Juniors.

View all results, the standings and the program in the Nations League here

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