Hungary earn Euro 2016 spot by beating Norway to end finals drought

Baku, November 16, AZERTAC

Hungary booked their return to major tournament football after 30 years with a victory over Norway in their Euro 2016 qualifying play-off.

Hungary led through the debutant Laszlo Kleinheisler’s first-leg goal and Tamas Priskin struck early in the first half of the second leg before Norway’s Markus Henriksen scored at both ends late on in the hosts’ win.

Only five of their squad were even born when Hungary played at the 1986 Mexico World Cup and, of those, only the veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly was in the starting line-up for this game. The 39-year-old was inspired in the second leg, making a series of fine saves.

Hungary, who last played at the Euros in 1972, are the 21st nation to qualify for the championship in France, from 10 June to 10 July, and can now look forward to the draw in Paris on 12 December.

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