Euro 2016 play-off: Hungary edge Norway 1-0

OSLO: Grief-stricken Hungary edged closer to their first international tournament in 30 years when they defeated Norway 1-0 in the opening leg of their Euro 2016 play-off on Friday.


On the day that Hungarian international goalkeeper Marton Fulop lost his battle with cancer at the age of 32, his teammates honoured his memory with a crucial victory ahead of Sunday’s return in Budapest.

Midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler marked his international debut with the game’s only goal in the first half before Hungary, whose last major event was the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, soaked up constant pressure from the home side to preserve their advantage.

“We must not forget that we have a huge 90 minutes still to play on Sunday,” said Hungary coach Bernd Storck whose team failed to win a single corner compared to the home side’s 15. “We played with discipline despite being under great pressure.”