Balázs Dzsudzsák’s superbly flighted free-kick earned the visitors a Group F point after Raul Rusescu had put the hosts in front, UEFA reports.
Uefa.com said, an early injury to Dorin Goian knocked Romania off their stride a little, but Lucian Sănmărtean put in a starring performance in his first international game in three years. His ball set up Răzvan Raț to test Gábor Király and he then teed up Alexandru Maxim for an attempt that missed the target.
The 34-year-old’s class told on the stroke of half-time as he picked out Raț – making his 99th national-team appearance – on the left wing, and the Romanian captain steered the ball back across for Rusescu to score his first goal in his sixth outing for his country.
According to UEFA, Hungary showed rather more initiative after the restart, while Romania took their foot off the accelerator a bit, yet there was little sense by the time Sănmărtean was substituted on 67 minutes – to a standing ovation from the home fans – that the visitors were about to strike back. However, Hungary did rally and Dzsudzsák’s splendid set piece from 25 metres got them their first Group F point.
LiveScore: Romania 1-1 Hungary
(half time: 1-0)
45′ Raul Andrei Rusescu (1-0)
82′ Balazs Dzsudzsak (1-1)
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Photo: MTI – Tibor Illyes