Violent scenes have rocked England’s 1-1 draw against Hungary with some of the visiting fans in conflict with security.
England took another, somewhat shaky, step towards World Cup qualification with a 1-1 draw against Hungary at Wembley to stay at the top of Group I with two games left.
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The visitors took the lead with a Roland Sallai penalty after 24 minutes, with England equalizing in the 37th through John Stones.
Most of the drama, however, was in the stands.
Before the kick-off, Hungary fans could be heard spotting English players as they took a knee.
Pictures captured a banner in the away section, which clearly protested against players kneeling.
After the protest, a number of Hungarian fans were caught in a violent clash with the police.
Police had moved in to arrest a fan for an alleged “racist aggravated breach of public order” following comments from a trustee.
As the fight got worse, police with batons were pushed back by hooligans before order was finally restored.
England frustrated Hungary
The violence in the stands could have caused England to take the eye off the ball and they were punished in the 24th minute.
Luke Shaw picked up a high boot as he tried to clear the edge of his own penalty area while catching Loic Nego in the head.
The challenge could have been seen as a coincidence, but a VAR check confirmed the penalty, leaving England furious as Sallai sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way with a clinical kick.
Hungary fans celebrated by letting go of a green flare, but their joy was short-lived as England equalized in the 37th minute.
Jack Grealish’s quick footwork from the right side of the field increased the lead of Attila Szalai to 2 – 0 as he successfully challenged the guests’ central defenders, then placed the ball unreachably at the keeper’s right post.
Phil Foden whipped over a swinging free-kick that knocked Declan Rice off before the Stones collected it in the net from close range.
Southgate are aware that England’s inability to create more chances cost them dearly as they did not build on their lead in the Euro 2020 defeat to Italy in July.
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