Hungary became the first of the qualification playoff teams to punch a ticket to Euro 2016 after beating Norway 3-1 on aggregate.
After a 1-0 win on the road on Oslo in the first leg, the Hungarians had the advantage going into the second leg at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest on Sunday.
Hungary made no mistakes in the second leg, winning in 2-1 in front of a packed stadium. Tamas Priskin gave the home team a dream opening, as he made it 1-0 after just 14 minutes with a beautiful strike. Priskin cut inside the penalty area on the left side and curled the ball into the far corner. Markus Henriksen scored two goals, both unfortunately for him and Norway, one of them was an own goal in the 83rd minute that gave Hungary a 2-0 lead.
He did score a couple of minute later to get Norway on the board, but it was too little too late, and Norway saw themselves missing out on Euro 2016. The last time Norway was in a big international tournament was Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Hungarian national team manager Bernd Storck was delighted to have guided the team to their first international tournament since 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
“Congratulations to the team for a huge performance throughout the qualifying series,” Hungary’s German-born Storck told The Guardian. “This is huge success for the football team and the country. Now I’m Hungarian.
“I’m thankful for the confidence of the Hungarian Football Federation and president Sandor Csanyi, who helped develop Hungarian football. Having come back down to earth we are now celebrating. We’ll see how to proceed but we are well prepared for the tournament.”