MTK Out, Honved Progress

 

Senica 2-1 MTK (Agg: 3-2)

MTK’s mini European adventure came to an end last night as once again a red card played a pivotal part in proceedings.

After MTK’s dominance in the first leg, the Hungarians seemed to carry on with their momentum and spurned two glorious chances within half an hour.

But Senica seemed invigorated and suddenly burst into life and could have easily taken the aggregate lead if it wasn’t for Hegedus in the MTK goal making himself big from a Rolando Blackburn chance.

The 2nd half started with Senica again on top, but after some clever work by Lazok on the edge of the Slovakians box, Kanta drew a penalty which he subsequently converted to put MTK ahead on aggregate.

MTK seemed to be fairly comfortable with only half-chances being created by Senica before the game hinged again on a Hungarian red card. Vadnai, who had received a silly yellow card in the first half, dived needlessly into a tackle and was rightly shown his marching orders by the referee.

And almost immediately, just like the week before, Senica were level as Rolando Blackburn, again, headed home to make it 2-2 on aggregate.

MTK were now really hanging on, and just 3 minutes from time, Senica struck the fatal blow as Kalabiska squeezed a superb shot in the near post.

MTK were devastated, Senica were elated, but without two silly red cards, it could have been oh so different.

 

Honved 2-0 Flamutari (Agg: 3-0)

Honved are into the next round after a comfortable victory against Albanian outfit, FK Flamutari.

Photo courtesy of Afánál János

After leading 1-0 after the first leg away from home, Honved were almost assured of their progression to the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League.

It was Richard Vernes who broke the deadlock for the Budapest side,  making it two in two in his European football career.

Herve Tchami doubled the scoreline with a superb goal after half-time to make it 2-0, and fix Honved up with a stern test against Russian money bags, Anzhi Makhachkala.

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