Videoton 3-2 Sturm Graz (Agg: 3-4) – Vidi Victorious But The Austrians Advance

Written by Tomasz Mortimer

Videoton were unable to overturn the two goal deficit from the first leg but put up a great fight in front of a 10,000 strong crowd in Székesfehérvár.

Vidi started the better of the two sides creating a few half-chances in the early stages, and after half an hour the Hungarians were ahead when Akos Elek wriggled past a couple of defenders and fired his shot past the keeper.

The goal created a mad 15 minutes in the game, and it wasn’t long before Sturm responded with a goal of their own albeit in a controversial manner.

After a brief moment of schoolyard football in Videoton’s left back area, the ball cannoned off Videoton’s Mitrovics, bouncing into Patrick Wolf’s possession who was through on goal. Then for no reason, the assistant referee’s flag was raised prompting confusion in the Videoton backline and for the players to stop. As the assistant was just a matter of yards away from the players, the site of the flag going up was in full view of almost everyone, excluding Wolf who was racing away unaware of any flag being raised, and he played a square ball to Holzl who finished emphatically. Cue pandemonium. The Videoton players and fans were incensed by the assistant referee’s incompetence, but the referee had no choice but to award the goal – which was ultimately the right decision.

Vidi felt hard done by. The away goal pretty much killed the tie. But just two minutes later Vidi were back ahead. A great ball over the top was met by Gyorgy Sandor who powered the finish past Gratzei.

Again the lead wouldn’t last for long. A weak header from a corner was spilled by Videoton keeper Tujvel and Feldhofer was on hand to knock in the rebound.

With the tie practically over, Vidi were handed a lifetime when a great cross from Brachi was diverted into the net by Zoltán Lipták.

Unfortunately the goals dried up for Videoton in the second half, and even after mustering a total of 11 shots to Sturm’s 3 – the score would remain at 3-2.

Sousa reflected on his team’s performance after the game, “We played very well and I’m very pleased with the teams effort. I don’t want to into any of the game details; the important thing is that my team did everything to win. We were brave tonight.”

Sturm now face a tie with FC Zestafoni in the next round with Imre Szabics & Daniel Tozser (RKC Genk) now become Hungary’s prime interest in this year’s Champions League. Videoton on the other hand will have to wait a whole year to compete in Europe again.

Videoton XI: Tujvel – Brachi, Lipták, Horváth, Hector – Nagy, Mitrovics, Sándor (Nikolic .75), Elek (Polonkai .65), Gosztonyi (Walter .78) – Alves

Sturm Graz XI :Gratzei – Standfest, Bürgstaller, Pürcher (Popkhadze .45) – Wolf (Ehrenreich .83), Koch, Feldhofer, Weber, Hölzl – Muratovic, Szabics (Kienast .45)

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