David Alaba and his Austrian teammates were stunned 2-0 by Hungary in their opening game of the Euro 2016 championships on Tuesday in Bordeaux.
Alaba had the first go at goal in the opening minute but his effort hit the cross bar and that was
Austria were seen as the firm favourites going into the clash in Bordeaux after enjoying a blistering qualifying series where they finished as one of the four undefeated teams, however that counted for less on Tuesday as Hungary stole the show with a strike from Szalai in the 62nd minute and another from Stieber in the 87th minute.
Austria were pretty close to taking the lead inside the first minute when Alaba fired one towards the bottom corner, only to see his effort crash off the inside of the post.
Hungary had an opportunity of their own moments after when Laszlo Kleinheisler struck one from distance, but it was a comfortable save for Robert Almer in the Austrian net.
Alaba came close to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute again but he inexplicably fired straight at Gabor Kiraly, who in starting for Hungary, became the oldest player to feature at the European Championships at the age of 40 and 74 days.
Same way they did in the first half, both teams showed their attacking intent in the early stages of the second period, with Arnautovic and Dzsudzsak trying out for both teams.
Hungary however made the breakthrough in the 62nd minute when Szalai collected a well laid pass from Kleinheisler before finishing past Almer for his eighth international goal.
Austria’s bad situation turned worse in the 66th minute when Aleksandar Dragovic picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Tamas Kadar inside the Hungarian penalty box.
The Hungarians took the game beyond reach in the latter stages; scoring the game’s all-important second goal as Stieber chipped Almer from close range after a quick counter-attack.
Having started rather poorly, Austria will hope they can pull themselves together in their next clash with Group F favourites Portugal on Saturday night, while early group leaders Hungary will take on debutants, Iceland.