World Cup Qualifying Group D: Hungary victory over Andorra in vain
Last Updated: 15/10/13 9:58pm
Adam Szalai in action for Hungary
Hungary's outside hopes of claiming a World Cup play-off spot came to naught on Tuesday evening despite ending their Group D campaign with a 2-0 triumph over Andorra.
Nermanja Nikolic's header and an own goal from Ildefons Lima meant the win was a positive end to a turbulent few days for the Hungarians, who saw coach Sandor Egervari resign after an 8-1 mauling at the hands of Holland.
However, other results went against them on Tuesday night as Romania snatched second place in the group behind the Dutch with victory over Estonia.
It was a one-sided affair in Budapest, with Andorra goalkeeper Ferran Pol kept busy in the first half by a lively Zoltan Stieber.
But Hungary's pressure finally paid off seven minutes into the second half thanks to Nikolic, who met a cross into the area from Balazs Dzsudzsak to power a header into the top-right corner from close range.
Pol came to the rescue again minutes later to fist away a drilled effort from Vladimir Koman, while Andorra's best chance of the match was a 72nd-minute shot from Cristian Martinez Alejo which was well held by home goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly.
An unfortunate own goal from Lima 11 minutes from time eventually spelled the end for the visitors, who then suffered further disappointment with the late dismissal of Moises San Nicolas for a second yellow card.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 15th Oct - Group E
Cyprus0 - 0Albania
Norway1 - 1Iceland
Switzerlnd1 - 0Slovenia
Tue 15th Oct - Group F
Azerbaijan1 - 1Russia
Israel1 - 1N Ireland
Portugal3 - 0Luxembourg
Tue 15th Oct - Group G
Greece2 - 0Liechtenstein
Lithuania0 - 1Bos&Herz
Latvia2 - 2Slovakia
Tue 15th Oct - Group D
Hungary2 - 0Andorra
Turkey0 - 2Holland
Romania2 - 0Estonia
Tue 15th Oct - Group B
Bulgaria0 - 1Czech Rep
Denmark6 - 0Malta
Italy2 - 2Armenia
Tue 15th Oct - Group A
Serbia5 - 1Macedonia
Scotland2 - 0Croatia
Belgium1 - 1Wales
Tue 15th Oct - Group C
Faroe Isl0 - 3Austria
Rep Ire3 - 1Kazakhstan
Sweden3 - 5Germany
Tue 15th Oct - Group H
S Marino0 - 8Ukraine
Montenegro2 - 5Moldova
England2 - 0Poland
Tue 15th Oct - Group I
France3 - 0Finland
Spain2 - 0Georgia
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I