October 11, 2022
Hungary humiliate England, 4-0;  plus goals for Timo Werner, Michy Batshuayi

The utterly pointless UEFA Nations League justified its existence with Hungary’s hilarious 4-0 win over England at Molineux today.

Mighty Magyars they may not be, but this is Hungary’s first victory on English soil since the infamous 6-3 in 1953. It’s also England’s worst defeat on the stage international since 1928, and his worst defeat against a non-host country since, well, ever. It is also consecutive victories for Hungary against England. The only other nations Hungary have beaten more than once in the past two years are San Marino and Andorra. LOL!

England dominated possession for much of the game, especially the first half, but Hungary were the ‘better’ team in almost every way, not just on the scoreboard. A set goal put them on the right track in the first half before adding a second halfway through the second half and a few more later to make the full chorus of boos at the final whistle for the Three Lions (and manager Gareth Southgate) truly deserved.

Reece James and Conor Gallagher (and Marc Guehi) all started while Mason Mount came on as a substitute for Gallagher just ten minutes into the second half. With just two points from the four games played over the past two weeks, England face ‘relegation’ from League A with just two games left in September (Italy A and Germany H).

Italy’s 5-2 loss to Germany, who secured a two-minute brace from Timo Werner in the second half, nearly matched England’s lopsided loss – although at least Italy finished the game with a few consolation goals instead of a red card from John Stones. Well done, Timo! (Kai Havertz did not play.)

And Werner wasn’t the only Chelsea striker to find the back of the net, with Michy Batshuayi continuing his solid play for Belgium and grabbing a goal against Poland, having picked up a few assists in previous games this break while replacing injured Romelu. Lukaku. Michy’s goal was the only goal Belgium needed to win, while in the other game the Netherlands won by one goal from five against Ethan Ampadu’s Wales, who made a comeback late 2-0 to lose in added time.

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