Dominik Szoboszlai marked Hungary’s triumphant Euro 2024 qualification on Sunday by sharing a shot of ‘palinka’ amidst a euphoric crowd inside the vibrant Puskas Arena.
The 23-year-old maestro, currently lighting up Liverpool’s midfield, delivered a lightning-quick brace for Marco Rossi’s squad in a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Montenegro, securing their spot in next summer’s tournament.
Having navigated through Group G alongside Serbia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria, Hungary had already secured their Euro 2024 berth with a 2-2 draw earlier in the week.
On a chilly Budapest evening, goals from Szoboszlai (2) and Adam Nagy sealed another crucial win for the Magyarok, who joyously celebrated alongside their devoted fans.
In a remarkable gesture, Szoboszlai, who scored twice in rapid succession after halftime, joined a cluster of supporters in the stands, toasting their success with a shot of ‘palinka’—a renowned Hungarian fruit brandy cherished for its potency, flavor, and aroma.
The game saw Szoboszlai initially break the deadlock for Rossi’s side, exhibiting dazzling footwork as he evaded defenders inside the box.
Moments later, he showcased his finesse by netting a spectacular goal, outwitting Montenegro’s goalkeeper Milan Mijatovic with a splendid strike to level the score.
Since his £60 million move from RB Leipzig to Anfield this summer, Szoboszlai, a beloved figure among Liverpool fans, has made a remarkable impression.
Despite flattering comparisons to the legendary Steven Gerrard, Szoboszlai remains grounded, emphasizing his desire to carve his own legacy.
“I don’t want to be him, I want to be myself,” he conveyed to Football Focus. “But of course, if they presented a contract to emulate his impact or career here in Liverpool, I’d sign it instantly.”
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s astute manager, expressed sheer admiration for Szoboszlai’s rapid adaptation to English football.
“Dom [Szoboszlai] was a surprise with how fast he has fit in, it was pretty much from the first minute,” Klopp lauded in September. “Top-class player with a lot of quality. He never stops. He learns a lot from the game.”