Hungary’s nation soccer team beat Estonia 5-1 in a European zone World Cup qualifier in Budapest on Tuesday before 10,000 fans, restoring hopes it might make it through the preliminary rounds after being trounced by Romania 3-0 last week.
Hungary dominated this game, scoring three goals in the first half-time and two in the second. The one Estonian goal came in the 48th minute, just as the second half-time was getting underway.
The Hungarian outpouring of goals began with an own-goal in the 11th minute following a pass by Balázs Dzsudzsák from the left side that bounced off one of the Estonian players and into the net. (1-0)
In the 21st minute Dzsudzsak again passed the ball in from the left side which resulted in a scramble among the Hungarian players until Tamás Hajnal managed to gain possession and send it into the net for the second goal. (2-0)
In the 41st minute Dániel Böde simply latched onto the ball in midfield, sidestepped three defenders and then let it sail into the upper left hand corner from 17 meters for the third Hungarian goal. (3-0)
In the 48th minute Estonia scored its long goal when Kink quite suddenly let the ball fly into the lower right corner narrowing the score to 3-1.
In the 69th minute Koman passed the ball to Krisztián Németh by the 16 meter line, and Németh took aim for the lower right corner of the net to increase the Hungarian lead to 4-1.
Then, in the 85th minute Dzsudzsák turned a free kick from 20 meters into a goal after the ball bounced off the defense wall and into the net, for the final score of 5-1.
Hungary 5-1 Estonia
Romania 0-2 Turkey
Andorra 0-2 Netherlands
Further back, just one point separates the three teams vying for the play-off spot. Hungary comfortably saw off Estonia and now find themselves in second place, one point ahead of the Turks, who triumphed in Romania, in a match that featured another goal from the on-form Burak Yilmaz.
Without ever setting their fans’ pulses racing, the Dutch advanced to Brazil by overcoming Andorra through a brace from the free-scoring Robin van Persie.