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Scotland’s Euro 2024 dreams dashed by Hungary’s stoppage-time goal

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Scotland‘s hope of making history at Euro 2024 were shattered by a stoppage-time goal, resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Hungary.

Steve Clarke’s side needed a win in Stuttgart to have a realistic chance of advancing beyond the group stages for the first time.

A distressing moment saw Hungary striker Barnabas Varga stretchered off following a sickening collision in the second half, leaving his teammates visibly shaken. However, Csoboth’s late winner kept Hungary’s tournament hopes alive.

This bitter end dashed Scotland‘s bid to reach the knockout phase of a major tournament for the first time, as they were caught pressing for a goal of their own in the dying moments.

Germany finished top of Group A after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland, who advanced as runners-up. Hungary must rely on other results to progress as one of the best third-placed sides.

Scotland finished last with just one point, extending their wait for a European Championship win since 1996.

Coach Steve Clarke made one enforced change for Scotland, with Scott McKenna replacing Kieran Tierney, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury from the 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Hungary entered the Euro 2024 with high expectations after a 14-match unbeaten run between November 2022 and March 2023. They also had victories over England and Germany in the last UEFA Nations League.

However, back-to-back defeats had punctured their confidence, leaving Marco Rossi’s side needing a win against Scotland to stay in contention.

Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn made a crucial save from Bendeguz Bolla’s dipping drive, while Hungary’s Styles and Willi Orban were booked for fouling McGinn in a first half full of effort but few clear chances.

Che Adams’ dangerous clearance led to a Hungary free-kick, which Dominik Szoboszlai delivered towards the far post, with Orban’s header grazing the crossbar. Szoboszlai, who overcame injury concerns, also struck over from distance, and it wasn’t until the 53rd minute that Scotland registered a shot.

Scotland defended resolutely, with Jack Hendry blocking Roland Sallai’s attempt and Marton Dardai heading over from a cross.

A horrifying incident left Varga prone on his back in Scotland’s area after a collision with Gunn and Anthony Ralston. The game was paused for a significant time as medics attended to Varga, who was eventually stretchered off with a sheet draped around him.