Hungary 0 v Scotland 1: Story of the match

Matt Phillips’ first Scotland goal gave Alex McLeish’s side a 1-0 win over  Hungary in their friendly in Budapest.

McLeish began his second tenure as Scotland boss with an uninspiring 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica at Hampden Park.

However, Phillips’ strike from a Ryan Fraser pass just after the break proved enough to give the Scots a morale-boosting win.

Tweet of the match

Moment of the match

Matt Phillips, centre, scores Scotland’s winner
Matt Phillips, centre, scores Scotland’s winner (Tim Goode/PA)

After captain Charlie Mulgrew had his penalty saved by Peter Gulacsi just before the break, Matt Phillips  opened the scoring three minutes into the second half. The burly attacker’s first goal for Scotland proved enough to give the visitors the victory.

View from the bench

Scotland players applaud the fans after winning 1-0 against Hungary
Scotland players applaud the fans after winning 1-0 against Hungary (Tim Goode/PA)

After losing 1-0 to Costa Rica in what was the start of his second spell as Scotland boss, McLeish was keen to get a positive result against Hungary and made seven changes with Jack Hendry making his debut. The 1-0 win should not be underestimated. The Scots have friendly matches in Peru and Mexico at the end of the season and against Belgium in September. Those are difficult games for Scotland so it was crucial to get the victory in Hungary.

Moan of the match

Not for the first time in an international friendly, a raft of second-half substitutions from both sides broke up any flow of the game.

Ratings

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Alan McGregor, centre, was one of several Scots to impress (Szilard Koszticsak/AP/PA)

Scotland: Allan McGregor 7, Jack Hendry 6, Charlie Mulgrew 5, Scott McKenna 7, Ryan Fraser 6, Stuart Armstrong 8, John McGinn 7,  Andy Robertson 6, Callum McGregor 7, James Forrest 6, Matt Phillips 7.

Substitutes: Barry Douglas (for Robertson 67) 6, Kenny McLean (for Stuart Armstrong 70) 5, Ryan Christie (for Forrest 76) 5, Callum Paterson (for Fraser 81) 6, Oli McBurnie (for Phillips 84) 6, Jason Cummings (for Callum McGregor 90+2) 6.

Hungary: Peter Gulacsi 7, Kenneth Otigba 6, Attila Fiola 6, Balazs Dzsudzsak 7, Adam Szalai 7, Gergo Lovrencsics 5, Laszlo Kleinheisler 5, Adam Pinter 6, Roland Varga 7, Richard Guzmics 6, Szilveszter Hangya 6.

Substitutes: Janos Szabo ( for Hangya 46) 5, Akos Elek (for Pinter 46) 5, Krisztian Nemeth ( for Dzsudzsak 57) 6, Mate Patkai (for Kleinheisler 68) 5, Daniel Bode for Szalai, 78), 5, Nemanja Nikolic (for Varga, 84) 6.

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