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Hungary FA issue Barnabas Varga update after disturbing collision in Euro 2024 win

Huge relief! Hungary FA provide Varga update after worrying collision
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Hungary issue an update on the wellbeing of striker Barnabas Varga, who was carried off on a stretcher following a worrying collision with Scotland's Angus Gunn in Sunday's Euro 2024 win in Stuttgart.

Hungary have provided a positive update on the wellbeing of striker Barnabas Varga, who was carried off on a stretcher following a worrying collision with Scotland's Angus Gunn in Sunday's Euro 2024 victory in Stuttgart.

The closely-fought contest was brought to a halt for nearly seven minutes midway through the second half as Ferencvaros striker Varga received lengthy treatment on the pitch.

Varga, 29, appeared to be knocked unconscious after jarring his neck when his head smacked into the arm of Scotland goalkeeper Gunn as the Tartan Army defended a Hungarian free kick into the penalty box.

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

Hungary's players, who looked visibly disturbed after the collision, instantly called for medical support and quickly formed a barrier around Varga, before venting their frustration at the medics who ambled onto the pitch with a stretcher.

Sheets were held around Varga as he received treatment on the pitch, before he was helped onto a stretcher and carried away to a relieved round of applause from both sets of supporters in the MHPArena.

The Hungarian Football Federation have since confirmed to BBC Sport that Vargas is conscious, while they have also taken to social media to provide an update on the striker's situation and condition following the collision.

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

Hungary's Varga stable in hospital with 'several bones broken'

Hungary's first post on X read: "Barnabas Varga's condition is stable. The Ferencvaros player is currently in one of the hospitals in Stuttgart. We will inform you immediately if there is any news about his status."

A second statement posed just over an hour later added: "Several bones in Barnabas Varga's face were broken during the collision during the match, and he also suffered a concussion. The striker is most likely to undergo surgery. He spends the night in the hospital in Stuttgart. The whole team is rooting for him!"

Speaking to reporters after the match as quoted by The Telegraph, Hungary manager Marco Rossi said: "What I heard from the players is that he was not conscious. Everybody was really worried about his condition and also worried about the fact that doctors arrived a bit late, we can say. Probably they did not realise it was a dangerous situation.

"Fortunately now we can say Barney is not under any kind of risk. Probably he will have an operation because he suffered a fracture."

Varga, a 14-cap Hungary international, was starting his third successive game at Euro 2024 in the match with Scotland and was hoping to score his second goal of the tournament after netting in a 3-1 defeat to Switzerland on matchday one.

 Hungary's Kevin Csoboth celebrates scoring their first goal with Dominik Szoboszlai and Roland Sallai on June 23, 2024© Reuters

Play resumed in the 73rd minute following Varga's withdrawal, with Hungary and Scotland battling it out in an engrossing end-to-end contest between two teams seeking to score an all-important match-winner to keep their last-16 hopes alive.

Scotland were controversially denied a late penalty when Willi Orban seemed to clatter into the back of Stuart Armstrong, before the fourth official indicated a minimum of 10 minutes of injury time.

Both teams pushed for a late winner, but it was Hungary who snatched maximum points in dramatic fashion, netting a 100th-minute goal thanks to a composed finish from substitute Kevin Csoboth following a swift counter-attack.

While Scotland have finished fourth in Group A and have subsequently been knocked out of Euro 2024, victory for Hungary has seen them leapfrog the Tartan Army into third place with three points, and they still have a chance of reaching the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Elsewhere in Group A, Germany scored a 92nd-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 with Switzerland, meaning that the Euro 2024 hosts top the group with seven points, finishing two points clear of the second-placed Swiss, who have also qualified for the last 16.

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Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Group D

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

Group E

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

Group F

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

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