Under 21s Scotland 1 Hungary 2

Last updated : 18 February 2004 By Meganjack
Two late Hungarian goals stunned Scotland's Under-21 team and deprived them of victory in a game that they had controlled.
Rainer Bonhof's side, which included six debutants, took charge of the match from the first whistle and should have been ahead after just eight minutes, but Brian Prunty headed Garry O'Connor's cross straight at the visiting goalkeeper. St Mirren's Simon Lappin then crashed a free-kick against the crossbar before the breakthrough came in the 31st minute. Scotland captain John Kennedy was felled by Vilmos Vanczak in the penalty area and his Celtic team-mate Shaun Maloney made no mistake from the spot.

Scotland made five substitutions at the break and as a result Bonhof's side struggled to reproduce their fluent performance of the opening 45 minutes. The Hungarians made multiple replacements themselves and the game seemed to be heading for a tame conclusion. But in the 86th minute Tomas Csehi made Scotland pay the price for their lacklustre second half display by netting an equaliser from close range. The visitors weren't finished though and in stoppage time Zoltan Jovanczi found the target to clinch an unlikely victory.

Scotland U21: Smith, Lawson, Lappin, Kennedy, Dowie, McCunnie, Foy, Wilson, O'Connor, Maloney, Prunty
Subs: Marshall, Dempster, Diamond, Morrison, Sweeney, Reilly, Beattie, Wallace

Hungary U21: Fulop, Rodenbucher, Vasko, Vanczak, Takacs, Regedei, Ervin David, Huszti, Varga, Jozsi, Nogradi
Subs: Zoltan Kovacs, Jovanczai, Csopaki, Csehi, Belogh, Szijarpo, Sandor

Referee: M Courtney (N Ireland)

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