World Cup finalists Croatia suffered a shock Euro 2020 qualifying defeat in Hungary – ranked 52nd in the world – to give a boost to Wales in Group E.

Fourth-ranked Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary all have three points, as do Wales, who have played one game fewer.

Daniel James’ early goal in Cardiff allowed Ryan Giggs’ side to edge past Slovakia 1-0 earlier on Sunday.

Ante Rebic opened the scoring for Croatia, but Hungary hit back through Adam Szalai and Mate Patkai.

Line-ups

Hungary

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 14Lovrencsics
  • 2Baráth
  • 6Orban
  • 4Kádár
  • 16Pátkai
  • 8Nagy
  • 7DzsudzsákBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBeseat 85′minutes
  • 20SzoboszlaiSubstituted forKalmarat 65′minutes
  • 18NagySubstituted forVargaat 40′minutes
  • 9Szalai

Substitutes

  • 3Korhut
  • 5Souza dos Santos
  • 10Kovács
  • 11Németh
  • 12Dibusz
  • 13Kalmar
  • 15Gazdag
  • 17Varga
  • 19Balogh
  • 21Bese
  • 22Kovacsik
  • 23Holender

Croatia

  • 12L Kalinic
  • 16JedvajSubstituted forPetkovicat 77′minutes
  • 6LovrenBooked at 82mins
  • 21Vida
  • 3BarisicSubstituted forLeovacat 30′minutes
  • 11Brozovic
  • 4Perisic
  • 10Modric
  • 7Rakitic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 18RebicSubstituted forBrekaloat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 2Brekalo
  • 5Caleta-Car
  • 8Kovacic
  • 13Vlasic
  • 14Bradaric
  • 15Pasalic
  • 17Rog
  • 19Badelj
  • 20Petkovic
  • 22Leovac
  • 23Sluga
Referee:
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamHungaryAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hungary 2, Croatia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hungary 2, Croatia 1.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Croatia) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Barnabás Bese.

Offside, Croatia. Bruno Petkovic tries a through ball, but Andrej Kramaric is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Croatia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ádám Szalai (Hungary).

Offside, Hungary. Roland Varga tries a through ball, but Ádám Szalai is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. Barnabás Bese replaces Balázs Dzsudzsák.

Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zsolt Kalmar (Hungary).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ádám Szalai (Hungary) because of an injury.

Booking

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia).

Ádám Szalai (Hungary) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bruno Petkovic (Croatia).

Ádám Nagy (Hungary) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dejan Lovren (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Máté Pátkai (Hungary).

Attempt blocked. Máté Pátkai (Hungary) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roland Varga.

Attempt saved. Zsolt Kalmar (Hungary) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Zsolt Kalmar (Hungary) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Zsolt Kalmar (Hungary) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt saved. Zsolt Kalmar (Hungary) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Domagoj Vida (Croatia) because of an injury.

Delay in match Willi Orban (Hungary) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Domagoj Vida (Croatia) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Tamás Kádár.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Bruno Petkovic replaces Tin Jedvaj.

Goal!

Goal! Hungary 2, Croatia 1. Máté Pátkai (Hungary) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Hungary. Conceded by Marin Leovac.

Attempt blocked. Josip Brekalo (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrej Kramaric.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by Zsolt Kalmar.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Josip Brekalo replaces Ante Rebic.

Attempt saved. Willi Orban (Hungary) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Balázs Dzsudzsák.

Substitution

Substitution, Hungary. Zsolt Kalmar replaces Dominik Szoboszlai.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.