Hungary beats Scotland but worries about its striker Varga, evacuated on a stretcher after falling on the back of his neck

Hungarian Barnabas Varga (in white, on the ground) falls on his neck in the 68th minute of the Hungary-Scotland Euro 2024 match, in Stuttgart, Germany, June 23, 2024. LEONHARD SIMON / REUTERS

Following a violent fall, Sunday June 23 during the Euro 2024 match between Scotland and Hungary (won 1-0 by the latter), Hungarian striker Barnabas Varga was evacuated from the field on a stretcher then rushed to the hospital with a neck brace.

According to information from German broadcaster Magenta TV, the 29-year-old was conscious and talking when he was taken to hospital in Stuttgart. “Barnabas Varga’s condition is stable! The Hungarian national team player is currently in one of the hospitals in Stuttgart. We will notify you immediately if there is any news on his status”said the Hungarian Federation (MLSZ) in a reassuring message after the meeting.

On a Hungarian free kick in the 68the minute, Barnabas Varga fell violently on the back of his neck and was immediately placed in a side safety position by his teammates while he seemed unable to move. After a few seconds of hesitation, the emergency services finally intervened to evacuate him from the field to applause, after his partners, very touched by the scene, formed a circle around him by unrolling a brown sheet.

Hungary snatches victory at the 100e minute

Following this incident, the Hungarians were nevertheless able to remobilize and threw their last strength into the battle, creating several chances, one of which ended up on the post, after a slightly too cross shot from Kevin Csoboth.

But it was this same Csoboth who managed to liberate the Magyars, by victoriously taking a back pass on a final counter-attack concluded in the 10e minute of stoppage time.

With these first three points, Hungary can still hope to finish among the best thirds, but will have to wait several more days to find out if it is qualified or not. The Scots, dominated throughout the meeting, were eliminated from the competition and finished in last place in group A with a single point, still unable to reach the final stages of an international competition.

The World with AFP

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