World Cup finalist Croatia loses to Hungary

Hungary's Mate Patkai scored his first international goal to pull off a famous victory against Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Hungary's Adam Szalai (C) equalises against Croatia with his fifth goal in as many games.   -  AFP

World Cup finalist Croatia slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Hungary in a Euro 2020 Group E qualifier on Sunday when Mate Patkai notched a 76th minute winner in Budapest.

Croatia had struggled against Azerbaijan in its opening qualifier last Thursday before escaping with a 2-1 win, but they made the perfect start in the Hungarian capital when Ante Rebic put them ahead on 13 minutes.

But Hungary pulled level through Adam Szalai's fifth goal in as many games and with a quarter of an hour left, 31-year-old Patkai scored his first international goal to pull off a famous victory.

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