Hungary star suffers serious head injury with Dominik Szoboszlai in 'tears' during Scotland Euro 2024 clash

Hungary star Barnabas Varga

Hungary star Barnabas Varga has been stretchered out of his side's Euro 2024 clash with Scotland after suffering a serious head injury.

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 23/06/2024

- 21:32

Updated: 24/06/2024

- 07:05

Members of the squad encouraged medics to run on with a stretcher as quickly as possible

Hungary star Barnabas Varga has been stretchered out of his side's Euro 2024 clash with Scotland after suffering a serious head injury.

The 29-year-old collided with goalkeeper Angus Gunn when a ball was whipped into the Scotland box.


Varga suffered a serious head injury and lay on the grass, with Hungary players visibly distressed.

Members of the squad encouraged medics to run on with a stretcher as quickly as possible, with the atmosphere in the stadium turning tense.

Hungary star Barnabas Varga has been stretchered out of his side's Euro 2024 clash with Scotland after suffering a serious head injury.

Hungary star Barnabas Varga has been stretchered out of his side's Euro 2024 clash with Scotland after suffering a serious head injury.

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BBC commentator Steve Wilson said Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai was left "in tears" by the incident.

Varga was stretchered off with a huge sheet around him to protect his privacy. Fans on social media are sending their best wishes to the Ferencváros star, with one saying: "Hopefully Varga is alright that was nasty collision."

A second said: "Fingers crossed Hungarian striker Varga is OK."

A third stated: "Hope he is okay."

And a fourth said: "I hope Varga is alright this looks nasty!"

There was a VAR check in the aftermath of the incident but no penalty was given.

It has since been confirmed by the Hungarian FA that Varga is in a 'stable condition' and 'conscious', which is a huge relief.

And manager Marco Rossi has confirmed the forward's life 'isn't in danger', though he will miss the rest of the tournament.

Scotland icon Pat Nevin believes that was the right calling, telling 5 Live: "We have seen it before if a keeper comes out and he doesn't get the ball but takes a player it is a foul.

"I actually think Angus Gunn got some of the ball there."

Hungary Dominik Szoboszlai

Hungary star Dominik Szoboszlai was left in tears after his team-mate's injury against Scotland at Euro 2024

Varga started his career in Austria, with the forward playing for Austrian Bundesliga club Lafnitz.

After impressing he earned a move to Gyirmot in 2019, with the striker scoring 29 goals from 60 games before leaving in 2022.

He flourished with Hungarian side Paks, netting 29 goals from 33 games.

And he currently plays for Ferencvárosi TC, with the forward earning his place in the Euros squad after scoring 29 goals from 40 matches across all competitions.

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Hungary star Barnabas Varga collided with Angus Gunn during his side's Euro 2024 clash with Scotland

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Hungary need to win tonight's match to stand any chance of making the Euro 2024 knockout stages.

They lost 2-0 to Germany last time out, with Julian Nagelsmann's side securing victory after goals from Jamal Musiala and Ilkay Gundogan.

Hungary previously lost 3-1 to Switzerland on matchday one, with Kwadwo Duah, Michael Aebischer and Breel Embolo all on target.

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Euro 2024 stewards held up a sheet to protect Barnabas Varga's privacy during Scotland clash

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As for Scotland, it's been a mixed tournament so far.

They were hammered by Germany in the first game of the competition, with Nagelsmann's side cruising to victory.

But that was followed by a spirited performance in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland, with Xherdan Shaqiri cancelling out a deflected strike from Scott McTominay.

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