Euro 2024: “We must be protected in the same way as Germany, England or Italy,” says Hungary boss Marco Rossi

Hungarian coach Marco Rossi believes that his team must “be protected in the same way” as the biggest nations during Euro 2024.

The Italian, whose Hungarian side are bottom of Group A, was particularly upset by a free kick that was not awarded before Germany’s opening goal in the hosts’ 2-0 win over Hungary in Stuttgart.
Hungary, led by Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, are winless in their opening two matches in Germany, having lost 3-1 to Switzerland in their opener.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Hungary’s must-win encounter against Scotland, Rossi called for “consistency” from tournament referees, with Argentina’s Facundo Tello taking charge Sunday’s match in Stuttgart.

“I expect what I have always expected of all match officials: that they are consistent from the first minute to the last,” Rossi said.

“Unfortunately the Dutch referee didn’t do that in our match against Germany. That’s it.

“I’m not looking for excuses. If they had blown for what I thought was a blatant foul before the first goal, Germany probably still would have won because they scored another goal in the second half. This is not the subject here.

“The fact is that the ability of a team in a tournament like this, especially when you have VAR, the prestige of a team should not come into play. We or Georgia need to be protected from the same way as Germany, England or Italy.”

‘We know we have to win’ – All or nothing for Scotland coach Clarke ahead of Hungary clash

Hungary’s opponents, Steve Clarke’s Scotland, are in a stronger position to reach the last 16 after their 1-1 draw against Switzerland on matchday two.

The Scots know a win would take them up to four points and almost guarantee them a place in the round of 16 as the third best-scoring team.

However, while Rossi’s side are hungry for their first victory in the competition, they will face a stern test from Szoboszlai, Milos Kerkez and co.

Rossi expects his skipper, Szoboszlai, to be available despite the midfielder training alone on Saturday.

“There’s no real concern about him at this point,” Rossi said.

“It’s been a very long (national) campaign for him in particular, so what matters now is rest and recovery.”

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