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Euros 2016: Fuchs, 10-Man Austria struggle against Hungary

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Although the first group stage matches have proved fairly exciting, the Euro's haven't exactly been a joy to watch from a Leicester City standpoint thus far. That looked set to change with Christian Fuchs captaining an Austria side pegged to be one of the dark horses of the tournament.

Fuchs and Austria began their Euro 2016 campaign against a fairly weak Hungarian side, coming into the game as heavy favorites. Despite some early optimism, the Austrians simply couldn't find their form, seeing Hungary earn an unexpected 2-0 surprise victory.

Austria came out looking the fiercer of the two sides, with star man David Alaba firing against the post from 25 yards out in the opening minute.

Hungary was able to sustain the pressure, gradually easing themselves into the game after the first ten minutes. This spell saw Austria start to lose some of their focus, with silly fouls and some theatrics from both sets of players.

The match started to became a back and fourth affair, with both sides having a few chances to take the lead. Going into halftime, Austria looked to be the side most likely pushing for a winner.

However, Hungary stunned the Austrians as Adam Szalai broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, sliding in behind Fuchs and slotting it past Robert Almer for a shocking 1-0 lead.

Just moments later, Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic was sent off for his second bookable offense, leaving Austria with 10 men and a mountain to climb.

Hope for a comeback was soon lost as Zoltan Stieber slotted a late goal away for Hungary as Austria over-committed in attack, sealing the 2-0 win.

It's a tough result for Austria especially with a crucial match against Portugal up next. Fuchs will need to rally the troops, otherwise the supposed dark horse of the competition could be facing an early exit.