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Sunday 06 Sep 2015
Focus On Hungary: Five Key Stats

If they win they will qualify for their first ever European Championship and their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup.

Northern Ireland had a great win in Hungary (exactly a year ago on Monday) at the start of qualifying, when they came from behind to win 2-1 in Budapest, but it will be tough again this time round with both teams still vying for qualification.

We thought we would give you five key stats ahead of the big game on Monday night:

One - Gareth McAuley’s brace against the Faroes on Friday night means he has scored the same amount of European Championship Qualifier (ECQ) goals as George Best. Only five other players have scored more ECQ goals than McAuley.

Two - In Northern Ireland’s seven group F games to date they have made 1,878 passes, 1,570 of which were successfully completed. In comparison, Hungary have made 1,768 passes, of which 1,518 were completed successfully.

Three - This Monday will be the fourth time that Hungary have played in Belfast. They have won each of the previous three games; 6th Sep 1989 (World Cup Qualifier-2-1); 26th Apr 2000 (Friendly-1-0) and most recently on 19th Nov 2008 (Friendly-2-0).

Four - Niall McGinn, then of Derry City, made his full international debut for Northern Ireland against Hungary in Nov 2008 when he came on at Windsor Park as a 55th minute substitute for Michael Duff.

Five - Gareth McAuley is set to win his 55th cap against Hungary, putting him joint 21st in the all-time appearance list alongside Burnley legend Jimmy McIlroy.

Northern Iireland v Hungary kicks off at 19.45 on Monday the 7th September