Rolland Sallai scored the only goal of the game to help Hungary produce one of the narrow football results of the midweek friendly action. Niall McGinn made the critical error by selling Bailey Peacock-Farrell short for Sallai to score in the 56th minute. The hosts had the game by the scruff of the neck until the error with Steve Davis hitting the outside of the post. They could not find a goal with goalkeeper Denes Dibusz making a number of saves in the end. The result meant that Northern Ireland has now won just one of their last 12 home games in all competitions. Both teams failed to qualify for the World Cup later this year.
Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough: “I’m disappointed to lose, first and foremost. I felt it was a game where we could have come away talking about a win – the chances we created, how many times we worked the goalkeeper, good chances as well. On the balance of play, yes, they had more possession, but their chances were from outside the box. I think I remember Bailey (Peacock-Farrell) making one save down to his left and that was all he had to do apart from picking the ball out of the net from a mistake of ours. That happens. It’s disappointing to make so many chances and not get something from the night… But it’s not going to burst our bubble. We can get together in June and go and do well in the Nations League.”
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