Wales suffer major qualification setback in Budapest...
JOE ALLEN produced a man of the match winning display for Wales on Tuesday evening but was helpless from preventing a disappointing defeat against Hungary in their latest Euro 2020 qualifying encounter.
Ryan Giggs’ side travelled to Budapest eager to bounce straight back to winning ways following their weekend reverse in Croatia, but were well below par as the home side secured all three points courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win.
Allen’s typically tenacious and calm showing in central midfield was one of the only plusses for the Dragons as their hopes of qualifying through to the finals of next summer’s showpiece hit the buffers.
Mate Patkai’s 80th minute effort proved to be enough to claim a vital victory for Hungary and leave Wales six points off top spot, and three behind second place Slovakia, as they approach the midway point of qualification.
Even the late introduction of Allen’s Stoke City teammate Sam Vokes, who picked up his 62nd cap, failed to spur on what would have been a dramatic late fightback.
They can still turnaround their faltering campaign however, but will undoubtedly need to see of Azerbaijan and Belarus on home soil in each of their next two fixtures in September if they are to do so.