OTP Bank Liga Roundup – Matchday 20


Written by Gaby Kovacs

Last week’s round of matches began on Friday night where Újpest played host to Kaposvár at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest. 2500 fans saw Remili give the home side the lead in the 20th minute. Grumics levelled for Kaposvár in the 52nd minute, but any joy was short lived as Kabát fired the hosts back in front with an unstoppable free kick just 2 minutes later. Kabát doubled his tally in the 85th minute to give Újpest a much needed 3-1 win.

On Saturday strugglers Vasas welcomed 2nd place Gyõri ETO to Budapest and proved very kind hosts by giving the away side a 5th minute penalty, but Babic put the ball high over the bar giving Vasas hope. That was however short lived as Ahjupera scored in the 19th minute.  Into the second half and Vasas were given a penalty with Takács showing Babic how it should be done. Any hopes of an unlikely point were gone in the 66thminute when  Dudás put the visitors back in front and it finished 2-1 to Gyõr. Referee Ádám Farkas dished out 9 yellow cards in this one and 1500 were inside the Illovszky Rudolf Stadion.

Adam Dudas nets his 7th goal of the season for Gyor.

An amazing first 11 minutes at the Széktói Stadion in Kecskemét saw the visitors Pécs a goal down in the 1st minute as Lencse scored his 6th goal of the season.  That spurred Pécs into life and Horváth soon equalised in the 5th minute. Just 6 minutes later Andorka put the away side 2-1 up and that’s how it finished, in front of 2000 fans.

1000 fans enjoyed the Lake Balaton sunshine at the Révész Géza utcai Stadion as Siófok played Paks, looking to ease relegation worries. They started brightly and were ahead just before the half hour as Haraszti scored just his 3rd goal of the season. Midfielder Melczer scored his 7th goal of the season in the 71st minute to give Siófok a valuable 2-0 win and move them up to 12th in the league, but still just 3 points above the drop zone. The atomic team Paks remain in the safety of 8th place.

Lombard Pápa met Diósgyőr at the Perutz stadion in front of 1200 people and it was the team from Miskolc that took the lead as former Malaga player Jose Luque scored from the spot in the 25th minute. Tisza put Diósgyőr 2 up in the 76th minute before the hosts got a late consolation goal from Lovrencsics. DVTK move up to 6th and stay in the hunt for a Europa league place while Pápa are 14th, just 1 point above the first relegation place.

Basement boys ZTE hosted Haladás in front of a bumper crowd of 6082 at the ZTE Aréna and this derby game came to life in the 13th minute as Peter Halmosi scored an immaculate free kick. Winless ZTE levelled on 34 minutes through Balázs but 3 yellow cards within the first 12 minutes had set the tone for this match and it was no surprise that Bogunovics received his second yellow and was sent off for the home side 4 minutes into the second half. It was soon 10 v 10 though as Rajos received his marching orders, again for a second yellow,  on 52 minutes.  In the 90th minute, yet another second yellow saw the home side down to 9 as Kocsárdi was red carded.  ZTE were left wondering how they did not win this one as they battered Rózsa’s goal, but they remain rock bottom with just 8 points from their 20 games, and are surely certainty’s for relegation.  Haladás sit 10th in the table but are still in the relegation mixer.

Coulibaly can't believe his luck after Bozovic's howler

Sunday saw the weekends top fixture at the Sóstói Stadion bring out 8120 fans to see home side Videoton in 3rd place play league leaders Debrecen. The game rarely delivered the quality expected and was littered with yellow cards as referee Zoltán Iványi  dished out a total of 9. Fans were laughing as much as cheering on 64 minutes as Videoton goalkeeper Bozsovics put himself in lots of forthcoming blooper DVD’s as he decided to go walkabout with the ball before squaring it to Coulibaly, who slotted home his 12th of the season. Debrecen remain top, unbeaten on 50 points while Bozsovics’ error leaves his side 3rd with  the pack behind baying for blood.

The weekends last game saw Budapest’s Ferencváros and Honvéd clash at the Albert Florian Stadium. 7000 fans saw a cagey affair that erupted in the 28th minute as the lively forward Somalia was crudely tackled by defender Debreceni whilst at full speed. That left Somalia leaving on a stretcher and then ambulance with a suspected broken collar bone, and the home fans, and manager were furious it only resulted in a yellow card. With their main attacking threat no longer on the pitch, Ferencváros lacked any penetration and creativity as Honvéd defended resolutely and left with the point they came for. Fradi sit 9th in the table whilst Honvéd remain in 4th spot.

Next week’s fixtures:

Honvéd vs Kecskemét (Friday)

 Debrecen vs  Lombard Pápa

 Kaposvár vs Siófok

 Pécs vs Videoton

 Vasas vs ZTE

 Diósgyőr vs Újpest

 Gyõri ETO vs Paks (Sunday)

 Haladás vs Ferencváros (Sunday)

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