Undefeated night for the Hungarians in the Europa League

 

It was a mixed bag for the two Hungarian sides last night as European football once again returned for the Magyar sides.

MTK 1-1 Senica

It was MTK who were to kick off first, at home to their accustomed Slovakian neighbours, FK Senica. It was quite a bizarre turn of events for MTK as they had faced their Slovak counterparts just 3 weeks ago in a friendly that ended 3-2 to Senica.

But this time it was the Hungarians who were to be the better team throughout and if it wasn’t for an extremely harsh red card and a missed penalty, MTK would have taken a decent lead to Slovakia.

Kanta in dismay after his penalty miss

MTK came out the traps really well, and it wasn’t long before their playmaker, Jozsef Kanta, was causing all sorts of trouble with his Pirlo-esque passing. And it was from one of those passes that brought the breakthrough. Kanta found himself with so much time in front of the Senica defence and lofted a beautifully weighted ball to Janos Lazok who duly netted on his 2nd debut for the hosts.

The Hungarians looked comfortable throughout the rest of the 1st half, with Senica rarely causing problems to the MTK defence.

But come to the 2nd half, it was all to change. Kalnoki-Kis received an extremely harsh red for MTK, and Senica were level 3 minutes later as Panama international, Rolando Blackburn rose highest to head home for the visitors.

Less than 10 minutes later, MTK’s general in chief, Jozsef Kanta, had a chance to restore his sides lead after a dodgy penalty call from the Portuguese referee. However it wasn’t to be MTK’s night as the usual ever so dependent Kanta ballooned his penalty over the bar.

Senica were to hold on to the 1-1 draw, after a late rally from the hosts. MTK will be shaking their heads at an opportunity well and truly missed.

 

Flamurtari 0-1 Honved

It was a small smiles for the other Budapest side Honved who gained a superb 1-0 against Albanian opposition, Flamurtari.

Honved were pretty lethargic throughout, and the Albanians had plenty of chances to knick something out of the game but a superb bit of brilliance from 20 year old, Richard Vernes proved too much for Flamurtari and the Army will definitely be happy with a lead to defend at home.

Hungarians Abroad

Was also a good night for Gergo Lovrencsics and Tamas Gruborovics as they both netted in wins for their clubs. Lovrencsics, who was making his debut for Lech Poznan after his summer move from Papa, assisted with the first goal for the Polish side and netted the second in a 2-0 win. And goal machine Gruborovics kept up his superb scoring record for Finish side JJK in an impressive 2-0 win over Stabaek.

Goal at 3:00 minutes

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