Serbia secured qualification for Euro 2024 with a 2-2 draw against Bulgaria in their Group G qualifier on Sunday as Montenegro's dreams were crushed as they suffered a 3-1 defeat in Hungary.
Despite falling behind 1-0 in the 38th minute with a goal from Aberdeen's defender Slobodan Rubezicbut, Hungary orchestrated a comeback in the second half.
Liverpool's Dominik Szoboszlai netted two goals within two minutes, and former Bristol City player Adam Nagy sealed the victory with an added time goal, making it 3-1 for the hosts.
Hungary were 1-0 down. Then Dominic Szoboszlai scored two in two minutes 😂— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) November 19, 2023
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Starting the day in second place in the group, Serbia needed just one point to qualify, even if Montenegro won in Budapest.
Although Serbia took an early lead through a former Spurs Milos Veljkovic header in the 16th minute, Bulgaria staged a comeback in the second half thanks to goals from Georgi Rusev and Kiril Despodov.
There was a moment of concern for the Serbians when Montenegro went in front against Hungary, and Bulgaria led Serbia 2-1.
However, Serbia's defender Srdan Babic's equaliser in the 82nd minute ensured they secured qualification.
Hungary topped Group G with 18 points, Serbia secured the second spot with 14 points, and Montenegro finished third with 11 points.