Hungary U21s 0 Wales U21s 1

  • By: Razwan Mirza
  • Last Updated: September 4 2010, 20:57 BST

Hal Robson-Kanu lifted spirits in Wales with a goal that put the country's Under-21s on the brink of winning their European Championship qualifying group.

Brian Flynn's Wales U-21s won 1-0.

The Reading striker scored the only goal as the group leaders overcame 10-man Hungary in Szekesfehervar in their penultimate match of the round-robin section.

Robson-Kanu settled the contest by heading an Ashley Richards free-kick past Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the 68th minute.

The 21-year-old had a chance to make victory more comfortable but missed a penalty three minutes from time after being brought down by home captain Andras Debreceni, who was sent off.

Victory provided cause for optimism in Wales after the senior side made a disappointing start to their Euro 2012 qualifiers by losing in Montenegro last night.

But manager Brian Flynn admitted his youngsters had ridden their luck.

Flynn told "Hungary made a blistering start, we were fortunate to be level at half-time.

"Hungary were the better side for 45 minutes. Every team needs a bit of luck and we certainly got it in the first half."

Flynn's side are now three points clear of Italy at the top of Group Three ahead of their clash with the Azzurri in Pescara on Tuesday.

Italy had applied pressure by beating Bosnia, but Wales now need only to avoid defeat to guarantee a play-off place.

With no automatic qualification, the 10 group winners and four best runners-up go through to the two-legged play-off round. The seven winners then join hosts Denmark in next summer's UEFA Under-21 Championship finals.

Wales reached the play-off stage two years ago but were agonisingly beaten by England, 5-4 on aggregate.