Dimita double destroys Hungary U21 hopes of home win
A spirited Hungary Under-21 team fought hard but were ultimately blown away by Belgium's slick attackers in a 3-0 loss at the Ferenc Szusza stadion in Budapest early on Tuesday evening. Nany Dimata struck a goal in each half, the second a penalty, and captain Siebe Schrijvers completed the scoring three minutes from the end.
Two presentable early chances were spurned by Belgium captain Schrijvers before the midfield playmaker's right-footed cross from the right channel in the 20th minute deflected off the head of defender Bence Tóth and found its way to Nany Dimata, who volleyed first time with his left foot past a static Patrik Demjen from eight metres.
The visitors sought a swift second strike and Dodi Lukebaklo soon stung the right palm of Patrik Demjen with a low drive which the young Hungarian goalkeeper did well to push away. The hosts then created their first chances of the match when captain Donát Zsótér fired over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area before then turning creator ten minutes later, his superb left-wing corner headed down and seemingly into the far left side of the goal, only for Belgium goalkeeper Nordin Jackers to spring to his right and tip the ball away from the gaping net.
Belgium started the second half with a slick, one-touch passing move which set up Samuel Bastien for a chance to curl the ball towards goal, but Demjen was well positioned and gathered at the second attempt. Lukebalo then drilled the ball disappointingly wide of the near, right post as the away team piled on the presure. Back came Hungary though and Gazdag forced a right-wing corner which Csaba Spandler could only flick up and over the bar at the near post. A few minutes later, Zsótér took possession of the ball on the right side of the goal and curled the ball towards the bottom right corner of the net, only for Jackers to foil his intentions. The Belgian goalkeeper impressed even more soon afterwards when he beat away Kevin Varga's fierce 20-metre drive as Hungary pressed for an equaliser.
Unfortunately, Boris' charges couldn't find one and they were punished twice during their search, firstly when the guests' lead was doubled in the 73rd minute through Dimata's penalty after Ákos Lenzsér had been adjudged to have fouled the forward inside the area and then three minutes from time when Schrijvers capped an impressive
display by slotting Mbenza's cut-back into the far left corner of the net from just inside the penalty box. This 3-0 defeat coupled with Turkey's surprise defeat of Sweden means Hungary lie 4th in their group, three points behind Turkey with just one match remaining, away against bottom team Málta.
U21 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
HUNGARY 0–3 BELGIUM (HT: 0–1)
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion, 600 spectators, Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
HUNGARY: Demjén – Szivacski, Lenzsér, Spandler, Tóth B. (Banó-Szabó, 46') – Varga K., Zsótér, Vida M., Gazdag (Haris, 68'), Szalai A. (Hinora, 81') – Bíró B. Head
coach: Michael Boris
BELGIUM: Jackers – Cools, Vanheusden, Faes, De Norre – Bastien, Heynen – Schrijvers – Lukebakio (Saelemaekers, 84.), Dimata (Leya Iseka, 79'), Mbenza (De Sart, 89').
Head coach: Johan Walem
Goals: Dimata (20', 73' pen.), Schrijvers (87')
Yellow cards: HUN: Gazdag (36'), Lenzsér (72'), Vida M. (77'), Szivacski (78'), BEL: Cools (93')