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Barnabas Varga's Euro 2024 fate confirmed after sickening injury for Hungary

Barnabas Varga Euro 2024 fate decided following sickening facial injury
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Hungary manager Marco Rossi confirms that striker Barnabas Varga will miss the remainder of Euro 2024 after his sickening injury against Scotland.

Hungary head coach Marco Rossi has confirmed that Barnabas Varga will not be available for the remainder of the Magyars' Euro 2024 campaign following his distressing injury in Sunday's 1-0 Group A win over Scotland.

The 29-year-old Ferencvaros striker was given the nod up top for the third time at the Championships in Sunday's Group A finale against Scotland, seeking to build on the consolation goal he netted against Switzerland on the opening matchday.

However, Varga was involved in a sickening collision with Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn in the second half, as the latter clattered into the Hungary striker when coming out to meet a free kick.

Varga immediately dropped to the turf and sparked huge concern from his teammates, who hurried medical staff onto the field while a curtain was put up around their stricken compatriot.

The Varga incident evoked memories of Christian Eriksen's harrowing collapse at Euro 2020, where his fellow Denmark players formed a protective shield around him while medics tried to resuscitate him, and play was halted for several minutes while Varga received treatment.

A sheet is put up by stewards as Hungary's Barnabas Varga is stretchered off after sustaining an injury on June 23, 2024© Reuters

Rossi provides Varga update after horror injury

The 29-year-old was eventually stretchered off the field to warm applause from the entire stadium, and he was subsequently confirmed to be stable and conscious in a Stuttgart hospital.

Hungary then revealed that Varga had sustained a number of facial fractures as well as a concussion, and he would "most likely" undergo an operation after spending the night in hospital.

Following Varga's distressing injury, Hungary dramatically edged out Scotland 1-0 courtesy of a last-gasp Kevin Csoboth winner to finish third in Group A, potentially enough for a place in the last 16.

As expected, though, Hungary head coach Rossi has confirmed that Varga's tournament is over, and the striker will not play in any knockout ties if the Magyars make it that far.

"Barnabas Varga's life is not in danger. He will undergo an operation after fracture in his face and he won't be available for the rest of Euro 2024," Rossi told the media.

Hungary players celebrate after the match and hold up a shirt with Barnabas Varga's name after he was stretchered off during the match on June 23, 2024© Reuters

After eliminating Scotland in the most remarkable of circumstances and keeping their Euro 2024 dreams alive for the time being, Hungary players paid an emotional tribute to Varga, holding up a shirt with the forward's name on it.

Who could Hungary face in Euro 2024 last 16?

As things stand, Hungary will make it through to the knockout stages of Euro 2024 as one of the best third-placed sides, having accrued three points from their nine matches in Group A.

Before Monday's Group B fixtures kick off, Slovenia (Group C), Austria (Group D) and Slovakia (Group E) are also on course to reach the last 16, with Albania (Group B) and the Czech Republic (Group F) missing out.

As a result, Rossi's men are currently due to take on Portugal - the victor of Group F - although they could also end up facing the winners of Group E or B if the third-placed rankings change.

Spain have already been confirmed as Group B winners, while all of Romania, Belgium, Slovakia and Ukraine are level on three points in Group E.

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Group A

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Q Germany Germany32107
Q Switzerland Switzerland31205
3 Hungary Hungary31023
4 Scotland flag Scotland30121

Group B

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Q Spain Spain33009
Q Italy Italy31114
3 Croatia Croatia30212
4 Albania national flag Albania30121

Group C

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Q England flag England31205
Q Denmark Denmark30303
Q Slovenia Slovenia30303
4 Serbia Serbia30212

Group D

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Q Austria Austria32016
Q France France31205
Q Netherlands Netherlands31114
4 Poland Poland30121

Group E

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Q Romania Romania31114
Q Belgium Belgium31114
Q Slovakia Slovakia31114
4 Ukraine Ukraine31114

Group F

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Q Portugal Portugal32016
Q Turkey Turkey32016
Q Georgia Georgia31114
4 Czech Republic Czech Republic30121


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