Hungarian NB1 Roundup – Week 24

Results: Gyor 2-2 Haladas, Ujpest 4-2 Zalaegerszeg, Siofok 1-1 Szolnok, Kecskemeti 4-1 Kaposvar, Vasas 1-5 Debrecen, Honved 1-0 Paks and MTK 1-3 FerencvarosHungarian NB1

The Good Friday games were more than ‘Good’ and produced some incredible entertainment including 10 goals in just 2 games.

The first of the two games was the Western Hungarian Derby between Győr and Haladás. The first half was a pretty much non-event, but the 2nd half was truly something else. Győr raced to a two goal lead after just 10 minutes with both goals coming from Rati Aleksidze. Győr controlled the rest of the 2nd half up to the 80th minute when Krisztian Kenesei grabbed a goal to make it 2-1. With time ticking away Hali notched a late second with former Győr man, Peter Toth knicking the equaliser in added time. It was extra special for Toth, as he’d grown up supporting Haladás as a boy, and was also born in Szombathely. The scenes were wild, and Hali took another step to securing Nb1 football for next year. They’re now 6 points clear of MTK in 15th. Győr remain in 7th.

The other Friday game saw a real one sided affair between Újpest and Zalaegerszeg. Again the first half wasn’t a classic with the Estonian, Jarmo Ahjupera getting to only goal of the half to put Lilak one in front. Once more, after the break the game sprung to life with two quickfire goals from Bence Lazar and Balazs Balogh putting Újpest 3-0 up after just 50 minutes. This was quite the surprise as many people fancied ZTE to win this game, and continue their push for a Europa League spot. However they did rally, and a penalty from Prince Racojmar after 66 minutes gave ZTE a bit of hope for the last half an hour. That hope was soon extinguished as Ahjupera got another goal for Lilak to make it 4-1, before Delic netted a consolation 2 minutes later.

Another great win for Újpest who move up to 11th with their win. ZTE now sit in 6th position, 3 points off the Europa League spots.

After the two fantastic games on Friday, many people expected the Saturday games to be pretty boring in comparison. However Saturday’s games produced 18 goals in 5 games, including one team winning away from home for the first time in 358 days.

The day kicked off with a convincing 4-0 win for the champions elect, Videoton over Papa. The first half was all Videoton, and they were very unlucky not to be leading at the break. The experienced Laszlo Szucs producing some incredible saves to keep Papa level. Szucs’ continued his superb form into the second half, and produced a wonderful penalty save from Alves, but was incredibly unfortunate as the rebound fell straight to the Brazilian’s feet, who made it 1-0. Now the floodgates opened and goals from Lencse, Alves again and Nikolic fashioned a deserved 4 goal victory for Vidi.

Another good draw for Szolnok saw them move just 9 points from safety, but they probably needed to win this one. They were up against relegation candidates Siofok and with a win Szolnok would have moved just 6 points behind their fellow promoted side. And they did lead for 40 minutes of the game after Milicic put the bottom side ahead after 35 minutes. Szolnok seemed to be in control but with 15 minutes to go Delczeg produced an equaliser for Siofok who now move 3 points clear of MTK.

KTE got back to winning ways by thrashing Kaposvár 4-1 at home to stop the rot of 3 straight defeats and move them 6 points clear of relegation. Incredibly KTE haven’t been involved in a draw all season, and that’s down to their awful defence and their superb attacking ability. Goals from Bori, Tokoli, Listingi and Foxi secured the victory, with the consolation coming from Peric. Kaposvár dropped down to 4th place. But being just 1 point behind Paks in 3rd, their season has still panned out much better than everyone expected.

Now onto the big shock of the weekend. Vasas, who have racked up the most points in the league in 2011 hosted Debrecen who hadn’t won an away game in the league for 358 days. An easy Vasas win was expected but it was far from it. Goals from Simac, Bodi twice and Coulibaly twice, secured the champions first away win in just under a year, beating Vasas 5-1, the consolation coming at 4-0 from Norbert Nemeth. The change of manager from Debrecen really seemed to have galvanised the Loki players, and with 6 games to go and just 3 points off the Europa League spots, I expect Loki to be there come the end of the season. Vasas on the other hand don’t have much to play for anymore. They’re 8 points off the relegation zone, and 8 points off the Europa spots. Achieving either relegation or Europe will be a miracle if they were to do so.

In the final game of Easter Saturday, Honvéd kept up their good form with a 1-0 victory over Paks to secure their third win in a row, and move up to 8th place. With this loss, Paks dropped one place to 2nd, but only one point off Ferencvaros – 13 off leaders Videoton!

Easter Sunday treated us to the 200th ‘örökrangadó’ (eternal derby of rank) between MTK and Ferencvaros. MTK were looking for an Easter Surprise that would lift to them outside of the relegation zone, and that looked to be on the cards after 65 minutes when Norbert Konyves put MTK into a surpise lead. However the lead lasted no longer than a minute as Andras Schembri put Fradi level, before scoring again to turn the game on its head. Bela Maroti then added the 3rd 4 minutes before the end to condemn the champions of 2008 to their 5th loss in  6 games, and they remain winless in 11. Fradi on the other hand leapfrogged Kaposvár and Paks to move to 2nd. They now look odds on to secure a spot in Europe next year.


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