OTP Bank Liga Round up – Matchday 30

Written by Gaby Kovács

On the final Saturday of the season, there were three teams with everything to play for, as the final European spot was up for grabs. Honvéd were in the driving seat, holding that 4th position, knowing that all they had to do was win. Paks needed to win and hope that Honvéd lost and Kecskemét lost or drew, while Kecskemét needed a win and Honvéd to lose, due to their superior goal difference to Paks. It promised to be a fantastic day, and it did not disappoint!

Honvéd could not of wished for a better start against Pécs when in the 1stminute Tchami put them ahead and well on their way to Europe, while over at the Városi Sporttelep, Paks took the lead on 10 minutes as Böde scored against Ferencváros. Back to PMFC Stadion where Frőhlich equalised for Pécs, meaning Paks were now in the European spot, but on 19 minutes, Klein equalised for Ferencváros, giving the advantage back to Honvéd, and just a minute later Ferencváros took the lead, as Oláh scored. On 22 minutes Honvéd found themselves 2-1 down as Bajzát scored for Pécs, meaning that for the first time today, Kecskemét were in pole position, as they were drawing against Siófok.  So, back to Paks where on 35 minutes, Kiss made it 2-2 and just 2 minutes later, Kiss again scored to put Paks back into the European spot. On the stroke of half time ,Lengyel was sent off for Siófok and from the resulting penalty, Lencse scored to give Kecskemét the lead which saw them now jump into the European place. So that was the situation at half time, are you

Ivansics penalty sent Honved on the way to Europa League football

keeping up? Good. The next goal of the day came at the Paks game, where Szatmári put the hosts 4-2 up over Ferencváros on 46 minutes, Paks certainly doing everything that was asked of them. Back over to Pécs where on 50 minutes, Honvéd where awarded a penalty, which Ivancsics scored, to give them a glimmer of hope, but just a minute later they were 3-2 down as Okoronkwo scored for Pécs, and Kecskemét, quietly going about their business, were still playing in Europe next season.  2 minutes had passed after Okoronkwo’s goal, when Honvéd struck straight back , Délczeg the scorer this time, and while everyone was catching their breath, the biggest goal of the day came, as on 61 minutes, Faggyas did the unthinkable and put Honvéd 4-3 up and back into the European place. There was one final goal, which came at Révész Géza utcai Stadion, where Kecskemét took a 2-0 lead over Siófok through Bertus on 69 minutes. I have not seen drama like this for many years and today really saw Hungarian football at its finest. Congratulations to Honvéd who never gave up, and spirit like that will hopefully serve them well next season playing European football. Kecskemét and Paks should take heart that they pushed the race to the final day, and punching well above their weight, can be very proud of this seasons league positions of 5th and 6th respectively. For the other teams involved in the days drama, Pécs finished 12th, while Ferencváros finished 11th and Siófok finished in 9th place.

Pécs 3 Honvéd 4, Paks 4 Ferencváros 2, Siófok 0 Kecskemét 2

Diósgyőr 3 Vasas 2

Another big crowd was on hand at the DVTK Stadion where just 2 minutes had passed when Bacsa gave the home side the lead, and on 17 minutes, Bacsa had doubled his tally for the day and also DVTK’s. Vasas replied immediately when just 2 minutes later Dajic pulled one back, but Tisza restored a 2 goal margin for the home side, scoring on 27 minutes. Tóth scored for Vasas on 36 minutes, as his already relegated side started to show the fighting spirit they needed weeks ago. The game fizzled out as Vasas said goodbye to the first division, finishing in 15th place on 22 points. Diósgyőr finished the season in 7th place on 43 points, just 3 behind a European spot, and should build on that for next season.

Debrecen 2 Haladás 0

There were two questions fans were asking at the Oláh Gábor utca stadium, would Debrecen go a whole season unbeaten, and would Coulibaly score to go clear in the race for top goal scorer. Well, on 21 minutes, Mészáros scored to give the answer to question one a great start and on 54 minutes when a penalty was awarded, we all knew who would step up and take it, and indeed Coulibaly made it 2-0 and put him 1 goal ahead of Videoton’s Nikolic as he ended the season with 20 goals. Hats off to Debrecen, as they achieved a magnificent 22 wins and 8 draws from their 30 games, and will hopefully carry that form over into the champions league qualifiers next season. Haladás finished the season right in the middle in 8thplace, on 38 points, and will hope next season is one where they are not facing a relegation battle with only a few weeks of the season to go.

Debrecen celebrate their unbeaten season

 

Pápa 0 Győr 2

A bit of an anti-climax for Győr , having pushed Debrecen so close all season, but never less they went about their business as usual at the Perutz-stadion and opened the scoring after 6o minutes when Varga scored a minute after coming on, and that seemed to set the theme of the match as on 85 minutes, Völgyi scored, again just a minute after coming off the bench. Győr ended the season in a very respectable 3rd place, but will be disappointed that they fell away from the title race in the past few weeks. Pápa’s final position of 14th, just 8 points above the drop, is a signal of the huge task they face next season to survive.

 

Újpest 0 Videoton 2

Nothing to play for in the Budapest sun? Don’t you believe it! The home side knew a win would mean they finished the season above fierce rivals Ferencváros, and Videoton could make the runners up spot theirs, without the aid of goal difference. A game littered with fouls and yellow cards, saw Caneira sent off for the visitors on 18 minutes, while Pollák was dismissed for the hosts on 59 minutes. On 63 minutes, Videoton striker Nikolics was substituted, meaning the award of top goal scorer had passed him by, but he can be very proud of the 19 he bagged this season. On 82 minutes Perics came off the bench and just 5 minutes later, had netted his first and 2 minutes after, his second to give all 3 points to Videoton.  Much improved Újpest finish the season in 13th place, and will keep the fans guessing whether coach Marc Leliévre is the man to lead them into next season. Videoton finish 2nd, 8 points behind Debrecen, and it now remains to be seen if coach Paulo Sousa will stick around to have another shot at the title.

Kaposvár 3 Zalaegerszeg 1          

The final match of the league season was at the Rákóczi Stadion, where Zalaegerszeg said farewell to the first division, and Kaposvár had the chance to finish as high as 10th. ZTE’s season was summed up in only the 3rd minute , when goalkeeper Vlaszák passed the ball straight to an opponent in the area following a back pass, and eventually, the ball was put into the net by Grumics. Vlaszák was substituted straight after, claiming an injury, but dare I say it was more to save further embarrassment. Not a great day for keepers, as at the other end Posza punched a harmless ball high into the air which came down only for Okuka to head into his own net from on the line. Grumics restored the home sides lead on 20 minutes with his second of the game, and Graszl made it 3-1 on 62 minutes. Kaposvár finish the season in 10th place while Zalaegerszeg bow out finishing rock bottom, with just 1 win in their 30 games.

 

MTK celebrate their NBII title win with manager, Garami

Congratulations to Egri FC and MTK Budapest who will be playing in the First division next season, after winning their divisions. Egri were a 3rd division side two years ago and have won successive championships to earn their place in the top flight, while MTK need no introduction,  completing a league and cup double, which also sees them playing in Europe next season. 

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