OTP Bank Liga Round up – Matchday 28

 

Written by Gaby Kovács

 

Paks 2 Vasas 1

With a 2 point deduction handed to Vasas in the week, Friday night’s game became a must win as they travelled to face Paks at the Városi Sporttelep.  They started brightly enough and were rewarded after 26 minutes when Bárányos headed home unmarked from a few yards out to give them the lead, but almost instantly they self-destructed as firstly Böde equalised on 29 minutes and then Bartha put the home side 2-1 up on 31 minutes. Try as they might, they were unable to make a breakthrough and after losing here, staying up was taken out of their hands and fans anxiously waited for news from Pápa on Saturday, who won their game, condemning Vasas to second division football next season. A sad end to a season where various off the field distractions proved too much for the players. Paks meanwhile sit in 6th place, still dreaming of a Europa league place.

 

Újpest 1 Ferencváros 1

Scenes at the big derby

There is no bigger game in Hungarian football than Saturdays Budapest derby between these two former giants, and there was nothing to play for other than pride and bragging rights as they met at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion. A game that was littered with fouls never got the chance to get going but on 22 minutes Grúz found himself space in the area from a corner to head in and put the away side one up. Újpest failed to carve out any real openings and never looked like getting anything from the game until the 82nd minute when Remili ran into Fradi’s Grúz just inside the area, which referee Viktor Kassai deemed a foul on the Újpest forward, awarding a penalty and handing Grúz his second yellow and an early bath. Vasziljevics stepped up to take the penalty and sent Jova the wrong way to slot home brilliantly. Újpest will be the happier with a point and sit 12th in the table while Ferencváros sit in 9th place.

 

Debrecen 4 Pécs 0

Debrecen faced Pécs at Oláh Gábor utca knowing that a win would give them a very deserved title. After 23 minutes Nagy put into his own net under pressure from Coulibaly to put the hosts one step closer and Bouadla’s sweet free kick made it two on 41 minutes before Bódi’s 44th minute goal ended the game as a contest, if it ever was one. Just 10 minutes after half time Kulcsár made it 4-0 and Debrecen became champions of Hungary for the 6th time in 8 years. Debrecen now have two more games to cap a fantastic season off by going the entire campaign unbeaten, and who would bet against the double winners doing exactly that? Pécs have now lost their last 5 in a row and despite relegation form , sit 10th in the table.

 

Debrecen celebrate their title win

Siófok 2 Zalaegerszeg 0

Already relegated Zalaegerszeg travelled to the Révész Géza utcai Stadion to face Siófok, looking for only their second win of the season, but it was the home side who took lead after 21 minutes through Melczer. Just 2 minutes after half time Pál made it 2-0, condemning Zalaegerszeg to their 18th defeat of the season, while Máté’s second yellow in the space of 3 minutes saw the away side finish the game with 10 men. Siófok sit 11th in the table, picking up their 1st win in 4 games.

 

Kaposvár 1 Haladás 1

Nothing more than a stroll around in the sun at the Kaposvár Rákóczi Stadion as the home side knew that Vasas Friday night defeat almost guaranteed their safety. Nagy put Haladás 1 up after 15 minutes and on 53 minutes Grumics equalised to give Kaposvár the point they needed for survival. Tóth received a red card on 67 minutes for Haladás but the home side never really pushed forward to look for all three points. Kaposvár sit in 14th position while Haladás move up to 8th.

 

Pápa 1 Kecskemét 0

The equation was simple at the Perutz-stadion, Pápa win and they guarantee another season in Division 1. Lencse return to the KTE team sheet would not have been a welcome sight for the home fans, but a nervy game was settled on 72 minutes when Lovrencsics wrote his name into Pápa folklore as the man to save them from the jaws of division 2. Pápa jump up to 13th place while Kecskemét cling on to 5th place.

 

Videoton 2 Győr 1

Debrecen’s bridesmaids met at the Sóstói Stadion on Sunday, with both teams fighting for runners up spot. After a goal less first half, Nikolics celebrated signing a new contract by giving Videoton the lead on 47 minutes with his 17th of the season but the fans cheers hadn’t died out by the time Koltai equalised just 2 minutes later. There was nothing to separate the teams on the pitch until into stoppage time when Sándor grabbed a last gasp winner for the hosts. Videoton sit 2nd in the league on 60 points, 3 ahead of Győr in 3rd who have lost their last 3 games in a row.

 

Diósgyőr 2 Honvéd 1

The weekends final game saw the away side get off to the perfect start at the DVTK Stadion when Délczeg scored after only 3 minutes. On 24 minutes the home side were back on level terms when Tisza equalised and into the second half, he scored his and Diósgyőr’s second on 48 minutes as Honvéd looked unable to cope with the former Újpest man.  He proved the difference between the sides as Honvéd’s hold on the last Europa league place hangs on a thread as they remain in 4th on 43 points. Diósgyőr are right back in the chase for European football next season as they sit 7th on 40 points.

 

Next week’s league fixtures

Kecskemét vs Újpest  (Friday)                  

Győr vs Pécs  (Friday)

Ferencváros vs Siófok

Haladás vs Diósgyőr  (Sunday)                  

Vasas vs Kaposvár  (Sunday)      

Zalaegerszeg vs Paks  (Sunday)

Honvéd vs Debrecen  (Sunday)                

Videoton vs Pápa  (Sunday)

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