Hungary dedicate victory to ‘stable’ Barnabas Varga after collision

<span>Players and stewards hold sheeting to cover Barnabas Varga.</span><span>Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images</span>
Players and stewards hold sheeting to cover Barnabas Varga.Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary dedicated what could be a crucial win over Scotland to Barnabas Varga after the Ferencvaros player was taken off on a stretcher and taken to hospital. He had been left motionless on the pitch after leaping to meet a Dominik Szobozslai free-kick in the 71st minute.

While receiving treatment on the pitch and being taken from the field of play on a stretcher, Varga had sheeting placed around him. A statement from the Hungarian Football Federation said Varga was “stable” in a Stuttgart hospital. He was understood to have been unconscious on the field and will undergo surgery on a fractured cheekbone.

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“It was a terrible moment,” said Hungary’s Roland Sallai, the player of the match. “He will probably have to go through a minor operation but he is in a much better condition. We were fighting for him in the remaining minutes. We dedicate it to him.”

Marco Rossi, the Hungary head coach, seemed unclear on precisely what had transpired with Varga. “I do not know if he suffered a clash with the goalkeeper or another opponent because it was a confusing situation. That is also why the VAR checked if there was a penalty or not.

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“What I heard from the players was that Barnay in that moment looked not conscious. Everybody was really worried about his condition and also worried about the fact the doctors arrived a little bit late, shall we say. They probably didn’t realise it was a dangerous situation.

“Fortunately now we can say Barnay is not under any kind of risk. Probably he will be operated on in the following hours because he suffered a fracture. The most important thing is he is healthy. For sure, if we go through in this competition he will not be part of the team any more.”

Scotland’s goalkeeper, Angus Gunn told the BBC: “It was a bit of a blur. I thought I had to come and thought I’d done well. It was a bit painful. Hopefully the guy is all right. I can’t really remember too much about it.”

Rossi felt Hungary were worthy of their win, while taking aim at “keyboard warriors” who had criticised him in this competition. “We had several more opportunities than Scotland did,” said the Italian. “I would have been hugely disappointed going home without getting anything. We now have three points, which compared to our previous tally is one more.”