Germany could face UEFA investigation after Dominik Szoboszlai was hit by an object thrown by fans

Germany could face UEFA investigations after Hungarian striker Dominik Szoboszlai was struck by an object thrown from the stands – at his home stadium – in the 1-0 Nations League defeat by Hungary

  • German fans threw objects at Hungarian star Dominik Szoboszlai
  • Szoboszlai was hit in the back of the head by an object from the crowd
  • Germany could expect an investigation by UEFA into the incident
  • It happened at the Red Bull Arena, the stadium where Szoboszlai plays for RB Leipzig

Germany face a UEFA investigation after Hungarian striker Dominik Szoboszlai was hit by an object thrown from the stands.

It was a sad night on the pitch for Hansi Flick’s side, who saw their Nations League finals hopes torpedoed by Hungary in Leipzig, and off it it was embarrassing when Szoboszlai – who was in this stadium Playing club football – felled on a corner in the first half.

The 37th-minute incident was seen by Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic, who paused play for a few moments before an announcement was made over the sound system to remind fans not to throw rockets onto the pitch.

RB Leipzig and Hungary star Dominik Sbozoslasi was hit by an object in the back of the head

RB Leipzig and Hungary star Dominik Sbozoslasi was hit by an object in the back of the head

With a UEFA delegate at the Red Bull Arena as well, it is now inevitable that the German Football Association will have to answer questions about the behavior of a minority among the 39,513 spectators who left bitterly disappointed by their team’s anemic efforts and booed them final whistle

There was a lot going on for Germany ahead of the World Cup, but apart from Joshua Kimmich they were just a pale shadow of what we expect them to be. It doesn’t seem right to call a team with such a pedigree ‘mindless’, but that was the perfect expression for the hosts.

Hungary, on the other hand, was sharp and shrewd and knew their game plan inside out. It’s unfortunate that their fans have brought so much negative coverage to them lately as it has overshadowed how progressive they are as a team. This result, after beating England 4-0 in June, shows they are on the up.

The game was momentarily paused by the match officials while the situation calmed down

The game was momentarily paused by the match officials while the situation calmed down

Adam Szalai scored Hungary's winning goal in a 1-0 win against Germany

Adam Szalai scored Hungary’s winning goal in a 1-0 win against Germany

Sbozoslasi became the most expensive Hungarian of all time with his move to RB Leipzig

Sbozoslasi became the most expensive Hungarian of all time with his move to RB Leipzig

They dominated the opening stages, comfortably keeping Germany at bay but always posing a threat whenever the opportunity to scoot forward arose; A particular annoyance was captain Adam Szalai, who will retire from the national team after the final group game against Italy.

Szalai, the now 34-year-old Basel striker, scored the opening goal in the 12th minute by deftly flicking his heel backwards to corner Sbozoszlai – who was being showered with objects for the first time – via Marc-Andre Ter To beat Stegen before spinning away for joy The ball landed at the far post.

Germany were better in the second half, with Bayern Munich’s Sane and Joshua Kimmich both coming close, but Hungary deserved to persevere and they had enough chances in the closing stages to improve the goal.

As it was, one goal was enough and with 10 points it now means they only need to avoid defeat on Monday when they host Italy to reach the Nations League finals. Germany and England, on the other hand, will simply try to save face at Wembley Stadium.

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