Budapest, Oct 8 (IANS) Substitute Valentin Stocker scored in the last minute to give Switzerland a 3-2 win against Hungary in the second round of the 2018 World Cup Group B football qualifying match here.
In the 51st minute, Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic opened the scoring but Hungarian striker Szalai Adam levelled the score two minutes later in the thriller on Friday.
Left back Ricardo Rodriguez restored Switzerland’s advantage in the 67th minute volleying home from Valon Behrami’s lofted cross for his first international goal, only for Szalai to again equalise four minutes later.
Stocker then scored the game-winning goal for Switzerland in the 89th minute.
“Hungary applied lots of pressure on us during the game which was intense and entertaining. Hungary came back at us twice, but we showed character at end,” Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic told reporters after the match.
His Hungarian counterpart Bernd Storck added: “It was a dynamic and good game, both teams gave all they had. We are very disappointed because we came back twice against a top team, but we made too many mistakes and they made us pay for them.”
After two rounds of matches, Hungary has got only one point while the Swiss went on top of Group B with six points from two matches.