Ireland’s Parrott Clinches Dramatic Late Victory Over Hungary in Thrilling Euro 2024 Build-Up

Euro 2024’s preparations are heating up, with Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, and Slovenia securing wins in Tuesday’s exhibition games.

Troy Parrott became Ireland’s hero, snatching a 2-1 triumph against Hungary with a goal in the dying seconds. This loss is a setback for Hungary just before their Euro 2024 debut.

Adam Idah initially put Ireland ahead at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, only for Adam Lang to tie the score after four minutes. Despite this setback, Marco Rossi’s squad, which will confront Switzerland in their first official Euro match on June 15, couldn’t avoid defeat, falling to Parrott’s dramatic goal in the 92nd minute.

That goal halted Hungary’s impressive unbeaten run of 14 games, a streak that had been in place since they were bested by Italy in a September 2022 Nations League encounter. Rossi might not fret too much; his team’s run was their most commendable since an 18-match unbeaten sequence from the mid-1950s. Moreover, Dominik Szoboszlai’s outstanding play, with six created chances—equivalent to his teammates’ combined effort—will provide some solace.

Meanwhile, Murat Yakin’s Swiss team celebrated a resounding 4-0 victory over Estonia at the Swissporarena in Lucerne. Steven Zuber, Xherdan Shaqiri, Zeki Amdouni, and Nico Elvedi all found the back of the net, propelling Switzerland towards a breezy win.

Switzerland’s journey to the Euros continues with a forthcoming friendly against Austria, who managed a narrow 2-1 win over Serbia in Vienna. Christoph Baumgartner was pivotal, netting a goal and setting up Patrick Wimmer, before Strahinja Pavlovic narrowed the margin for Dragan Stojkovic’s team.

Serbia, who kick off their Euro 2020 stint against England on June 16, will also face Slovenia, fresh off their victory in a day brimmed with international matches. Slovenia’s game saw Jan Mlakar scoring early, countered by Armenia’s Varazdat Haroyan, before veteran Josip Ilicic sealed a 2-1 victory.

In the least scintillating match of the midweek fixtures, Romania and Bulgaria ended up goalless in Bucharest.

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