OTP Bank Liga Round up – Matchday 26

Written by Gaby Kovács

 

Another Friday night game for Honvéd who travelled to the Városi Sporttelep to face Paks. It was the hosts who took the lead on 26 minutes when Böde ran unchallenged from midfield to fire a tremendous low shot into the corner of the net from 30 yards. Honvéd were back in it 4 minutes into the second half as Horváth was left with the task of heading home from a few yards out after Délczeg did all the hard work down the left hand side before crossing for his teammate. Paks winner came on 70 minutes when Kiss sent an unstoppable diving header past Kemenes from 10 yard out , which extends their unbeaten run to 5 games and lifts them into 6th position. Honvéd just about managing to hold on to 4th place still.

 

The Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest was the venue for Saturdays first game where Újpest welcomed cross town rivals Vasas, in this crucial relegation match. It was not looking good for the home side after only ten minutes when they lost Kabát and Simon to injury, but the team certainly rallied round and took the lead on 49 minutes when Vasziljevics penalty gave Ilizi in the Vasas goal no chance as he slotted home magnificently. A vital lifeline was given to troubled Vasas when they were awarded a soft penalty for a handball, but their season was summed up when Dajic saw his penalty brilliantly saved by Balajcza. Central defender Lipták put the game to bed on 65 minutes when he danced through the defence to slot home and give Újpest a massive 3 points. Vasas remain in the final relegation place on 21 points while Újpest now go 8 points clear of danger, and are now unbeaten in four games for which interim coach Marc Leliévre must take a lot of credit for.

 

Unbeaten league leaders Debrecen travelled to the DVTK Stadion where they faced struggling Diósgyőr, who have lost their last 4 games in a row and it wasn’t until the 56th minute that Debrecen made their mark on this match. Adamo Coulibaly proved too strong as he charged into the area and DVTK defender Nagy brought him down with a poor challenge which resulted in a penalty being awarded. Coulibaly himself took the spot kick and dispatched it low into the corner of the net. In the 80th minute Frenchman Coulibaly doubled the lead for Loki with a thunderous goal, using his strength to out muscle the defenders and smash home from just inside the area via the underside of the bar. A magnificent goal and his 17th of the season leaves Debrecen smelling the title now while DVTK drop to 7th.

 

A big game for the home side at the Kaposvár Rákóczi Stadion where Kaposvár faced Pécs and after a goalless first half, just 3 minutes into the second, Balázs scored to settle this one and give a much needed boost to the home side. It gives them the breathing space of being 6 points clear of the remaining relegation place as they sit in 13th, while Pécs recorded their 3rd successive defeat and drop to 8th in the table, but at least will remain in the top flight next season.

 

The Perutz-stadion was the venue where Lombard Pápa hosted winless Zalaegerszeg in a real relegation dog fight. There have been lots of players who wrote themselves into ZTE history, but today, Darko Pavicsevics claimed his place as being the player who scored the goal after 12 minutes to give the visitors their first win in 26 games. We sadly say goodbye to ZTE though who have had their relegation unsurprisingly confirmed now, but it is at least not as being remembered for being winless all season. Pápa remain 14th and are now just 3 points clear of the drop as their woes continue.

 

Siófok met Haladás at the Révész Géza utcai Stadion, and it wasn’t until the 52nd when the first goal of the game arrived, coming courtesy of former Hull City man Halmosi. 9 minutes from time the game was settled as substitute Oross doubled the visitors lead to give them a huge 3 points and almost guarantee their top division status for another year as they sit 10th, swapping places with Siófok who drop to 11th and can still go down.

 

Videoton had a chance to make the Europa league spot theirs as they faced Ferencváros at the Sóstói Stadion, and nearly 10,000 people saw Nikolics give the home side the lead after 67 minutes. The game was over on 78 minutes when Mitrovics despatched a penalty to give Videoton all three points and leave them needing just a point from their last 4 games to be playing European football next year as they sit in 3rd. Ferencváros remain 9th in the table but could finish as high as 4th if results go their way.

 

High flying Kecskemét welcomed 2nd placed Győr to the Széktói Stadion where the visitors needed a win to keep the pressure on the leaders. The hosts proved difficult opponents and took the lead on 23 minutes through a Lencse penalty and the lead was doubled on 33 minutes as Lencse again scored to give Kecskemét a 2-0 win and him his 14th goal of the season. Very disappointing for Győr who remain 2nd but are now 5 points behind leaders Debrecen. Kecskemét’s fantastic season sees them remain in 5th with their sights firmly set on a 4th place finish now.

 

Next week’s league fixtures

Pécs vs Diósgyőr  (Friday)           

Kecskemét vs Videoton                               

Haladás vs Paks

Vasas vs Siófok                

Zalaegerszeg vs Újpest                

Honvéd vs Kaposvár

Ferencváros vs Pápa  (Sunday) 

Győr vs Debrecen  (Sunday)

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