Written by Gaby Kovács
Győr 2 Kaposvár 1
This weekend’s fixtures kicked off on Friday at ETO park, where Győr were looking to kick start their season after a poor start by their standards. They found themselves a goal down just before half time when Oláh scored on 44 minutes. Picking the ball up on the right hand side of the area, he turned inside his man and unleashed an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner of the goal. Into the second half, Győr were handed a way back into the match when they were awarded a penalty on 63 minutes for a handball in the area. Kronaveter stepped up to take the kick but dragged the ball wide of the left hand post to give Győr the unfortunate stat of having missed a penalty in all three of their games played so far this season. The game was fading out when on 82 minutes a long throw into the Kaposvár area came off the outstretched leg of Pedro who deflected it into his own net and just 4 minutes later Győr turned the game on its head when substitute Dina headed home a corner magnificently to give them all three points. The home side record their first win of the season while for Kaposvár, it was their second defeat in three games.
Siófok 0 Haladás 3
Fridays second game was at the Révész Géza utcai Stadion where Haladás looked to continue their excellent start to the season against the struggling lake siders. The away side got off to a flying start when 3 minutes in, Radó latched on to a perfectly weighted through ball before poking past Szatmári in the Siófok goal. On 29 minutes Iszlai doubled the lead when he calmly stroked a penalty home and on 77 minutes Kenesei made it three as he beautifully curled a powerful effort into the net from the edge of the area. Two wins and a draw for the impressive Haladás now while Siófok have one draw and two defeats and more worryingly, just one goal to their name.
Debrecen 2 Kecskemét 1
Saturdays first game was at the Oláh Gábor utca stadium where Debrecen were looking to forget their mid-week defeat in Europe. It was Kecskemét who started the brightest but on 23 minutes Kulcsár was left with the simple task of slotting into an empty net after great work from Coulibaly, dribbling past defenders with ease on the left hand side of the area before crossing. Kecskemét refused to lie down and continued attacking in numbers , hitting the bar before Vaskó headed in from a corner on 53 minutes to give the away side a well-deserved equaliser. On 73 minutes a ball into the area was poorly dealt with by the Kecskemét defence, leaving the ball at the feet of Coulibaly who made them pay by smashing the ball home. Debrecen have two wins and one defeat so far this season while Kecskemét record their first loss of the season after two draws.
Diósgyőr 1 Egri FC 0
8000 fans were in attendance at the DVTK stadium on Saturday where the new boys Egri did their best to snub out the attacking threat that Diósgyőr carry. It was a task they carried out magnificently in the first 45 minutes but just one minute into the 2nd half the game’s only goal came. A ball lofted into the area was cleared but headed back in towards Seydi who had plenty of time to bring the ball under control before smashing home. For the remaining 44 minutes of the game Egri continued to frustrate the home side with dogged defending and all the commitment we have come to expect from them after their previous two games, but this still ended up as their second defeat in three games. Diósgyőr make it two wins and one defeat after this result.
Ferencváros 4 Lombard Pápa 1
Both these sides went into Saturdays last game at the Albert Flórián Stadion in Budapest with two draws to their names from their first two games of the season. Just 6 minutes were on the clock when Józsi put the home side ahead, curling a free kick over the wall and into the net from outside the area but just 3 minutes later the away side were level. Ferencváros failed to deal with a free kick swung into the area which saw Seye’s effort hit the post but rebound to the feet of Maróti who smashed home from a yard out. On 16 minutes Rodenbücher’s nudge on a Fradi player in the area saw him receive his 2nd yellow of the game while leaving his side down to ten and facing a penalty which Józsi stepped up to take and coolly send the keeper the wrong way. On 68 minutes Klein rose highest to head home a free kick which goalkeeper Szűcs couldn’t hold on to and on 73 minutes Máté curled home a beautiful free kick from fully 35 yards into the top corner to put the icing on the cake. Ferencváros have one win and two draws from their games this season while Pápa have one defeat and two draws.
Videoton 0 Budapest Honvéd 1
A quiet to start to Sundays games at the Sóstói Stadion? No chance! In a very physical game which saw referee Zsolt Szabó issue 11 yellow cards and one red , this game was settled by Zsivanovics after just 11 minutes. He latched on to a great lobbed ball into the area by Ivancsics to out muscle the defender and fire past Bozsovics in the Videoton goal. Late drama was to come, when in the 91st minute Honvéd goalkeeper Kemenes was a victim of Torghelle’s theatrics which saw him sent off and a penalty awarded to the host’s. With all their substitutes used, defender Lovric put a bib on and took his place in goal and then pulled off a remarkable save to deny Nikolics and ensure all three points went back to the capital. Honvéd are the only side in the division with a 100% record of three wins from three while Videoton have a record of one win, one draw and one defeat.
MTK Budapest 0 Pécs 0
Sundays second game was in Budapest at the Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion where both these sides started the day with a record of one win and one draw each. The first half was a drab affair as both sides snubbed each other out and that theme continued into the second with long shots the order of the day. Both these teams remain unbeaten at least but it is hard to work out just yet which of the sides would of left today the happiest with a point.
Paks 2 Újpest 2
The weekends last game was at the Városi Sporttelep where both these sides were looking for a first win of the season. Újpest struck first when Zaris scored his first goal in Hungarian football when he was left with the task of slotting home as the Paks defence went walkabout at the end of a good team move, but the home side were level just 2 minutes later when a miss kick in the area left Simon time and space to side foot the ball in. On 39 minutes Paks took the lead when Újpest goalkeeper Balajcza palmed a cross out to the feet of Éger who simply lofted the ball into the net. It was Újpest who had the best of the half although at the end of it, Kulcsár was guilty of shooting wide for Paks as they broke and wasted a four on two opportunity. Ten minutes into the second half, Újpest were level when the ball broke to Remili on the right hand side of the area who finished impeccably, placing a shot into the keepers right hand corner. Szabó received his second yellow on 61 minutes after a clumsy challenge on Újpest’s Remili to help the away sides cause, but they were unable to capitalise as Paks dug in. A first point of the season for Újpest while Paks now have a record of drawn two, lost one.