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Hungary U21 0-1 Wales U21

Wales Under-21 coach Brian Flynn
Brian Flynn's side have led the group since the start of the campaign

A Hal Robson-Kanu goal left Wales in pole position for their Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifying group decider against Italy in Pescara on Tuesday.

The Reading striker headed in an Ashley Richards free-kick past Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Hungary's Andras Debreceni was sent off near the end at Szekesfehervar's Sostoi Stadium for two bookable offences.

His foul on Robson-Kanu gave the 21-year-old a penalty, but he missed with that late spot kick.

"Hungary made a blistering start, we were fortunate to be level at half-time," said Wales manager Brian Flynn.

"Hungary were the better side for 45 minutes. Every team needs a bit of luck and we certainly got it in the first half."

Wales now lead Group Three by three points from the Azzurri, and they also hold a four-goal advantage.

The 10 group winners and four best runners-up advance to play-offs for next year's finals in Denmark.

Flynn will be able to call on the services of Simon Church, Neal Eardley and Andy King in Italy.

The trio joined up with the squad on Saturday, having been with the senior side for Friday's 1-0 defeat in Montenegro.

Wales Under-21 drew their opening match away in Luxembourg before winning their next four games, home to Luxembourg, Hungary, Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but they lost their last outing in Bosnia in November.

They have failed to win their two friendlies this year, losing 1-0 in Austria in May before being held 1-1 by Malta earlier this month.

Wales now aim to go one better than two years ago when they missed out on a place in the European Championships to England in the qualifying play-offs.

England eventually lost to Germany in the final.


Hungary U21: Gulacsi, Kadar, Szokol, Debreceni, Korcsmar, Nemeth, Farkas (Kulcsar 62), Szatmari (Lencse 79), Gyomber, Pinter, Gosztonyi (Futacs 71).
Subs Not Used: Megyeri, Szakaly, Szekeres, Vadnai.

Sent Off: Debreceni (86).

Booked: Gosztonyi, Szokol, Debreceni, Nemeth, Kadar.

Wales U21: Maxwell, Matthews (Richards 16), Neil Taylor, Doble, Stephens, Morris, Allen, Bradley, Robson-Kanu, Marc Williams (Partington 60), MacDonald.
Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bender, Bodin, Jake Taylor, Chamberlain, Jonathan Williams.

Booked: Marc Williams, Robson-Kanu.

Goals: Robson-Kanu 68.

Ref: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra (Portugal).



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see also
Malta U21 1-1 Wales U21
10 Aug 10 |  Welsh
Flynn eyes new Wales U21 talent
27 Jul 10 |  Welsh
Flynn stays upbeat on Wales U21
19 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Bosnia-H'govina U21 2-1 Wales U21
18 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Welsh football history
25 Mar 10 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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