Hungarian NBI Roundup – Week 1

Goals, goals, goals. That’s what we saw this weekend as 26 goals were scored in just 7 games to get the Hungarian NBI season off to a flying start. There were major shocks, amazing turnarounds and dramatic late goals. Hungarian fans couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Seydi Celebrating His 2nd Goal

It all kicked off on Friday night when 2010 champions Debrecen hosted Vasas in a game many expected to be a walk in the park for Loki and their new manager Elemer Kondas. And a walk in a park it was as Kulcsar netted the first goal of the season after just 5 minutes to get Kondas’ reign off to a lightening start. 15 minutes later Debrecen doubled their lead through Coulibaly and after half an hour, the game was pretty much over as Mileusnic was adjudged to have brought down Coulibaly in the box, and being the last man, he was sent off. Szakaly converted the penalty to make it 3-0 at half time. Coulibaly got his 2nd of the game a minute after the break before two goals from Vasas made the score seem a bit more respectable. Then with half an hour to go, Coulibaly grabbed a hat-trick to condemn Vasas to a 5-2 defeat and take Loki to the top of the table. A great win for Kondas in his first game, but Vasas really have a lot to work on if they are to avoid the drop. Kondas spoke after the game, “We started the match very well; we had great rhythm, scored good goals and fired ourselves into a 3 goal advantage early on. It was a great way to start for me.”

The second game of the season was the big shock of the weekend. Newly promoted DVTK are always going to be a threat at home, and with their hostile fans, no-one this season will cherish playing at Andrassy Street. However, no-one expected title challengers ZTE to roll over like they did. DVTK were ahead after just 28 minutes when Seydi found himself with some room just inside the box to power home. If there was a roof at the DVTK Stadion, I assure you, it would have flown off. The 7,000 fans who flocked in to see the game were rocking, and 20 minutes later Luque added a 2nd to create pandemonium in the stands. Then just before half-time Seydi was there again, to make it 3-0 at the break to DVTK. The fans were in dreamland. The second half was just a party for DVTK, until Roland Varga made it 3-1 with 5 minutes remaining. But all thoughts of a comeback were dashed 2 minutes later when Goher made it 4-1 to get DVTK off to an absolute flier. The DVTK manager spoke to the club website after the game, “We expected to win the game, but not by 4 goals to 1. We played well, but Zalaegerszeg were poor, and one game doesn’t change anything. We need to continue working hard throughout the whole season to stay in NBI.”

The other promoted side, Pecs, were also in action on Saturday as they hosted Haladás in front of 4,000 expectant fans. And they were not to be disappointed as Pecs grabbed a superb 1-0 win after Horvath netted the only goal of the game with just 10 minutes remaining. Pecs’s chances were obviously helped though, after Halmosi was sent off for a 2nd bookable offence after 55 minutes.

Another shock on Saturday came from Budapest as Újpest lost at home to Lombard Papa. Újpest were incredibly poor throughout and should have been behind a lot sooner than with 10 minutes left, as Goran Maric continued his great scoring record for Papa to win the game 1-0. Great win for Papa, but Újpest really need to up their game if they want to get anywhere near those Europa League spots this year.

As we move to Sunday, we saw a superb comeback from Gyor as Honvéd again throw away a lead to walk away with nothing. The side from Budapest looked to be cruising to a 1-0 win and even had a penalty saved just before half-time, but as time approached the hour mark, everything seemed to fall apart for The Army.  Dudas made it 1-1, and just 20 minutes later, substitute Marko Dinjar finished a from close to range to win it 2-1 for Gyor – away from home.

In Sunday’s penultimate game we saw a superb contest between Kaposvár and Ferencváros where Kapi twice led against the Hungarian giants to be pegged back immediately on both occasions. A 2-2 draw would be okay for both sides.

And the weekend ended with a fantastic battle with two sides that are competing in Europe coming up against each other, and it would be Paks to come out victorious, beating KTE 3-2. Daniel Bode continuing his good form, and netting the winner for Paks with 20 minutes left.
A superb weekend to start the season, in temperatures hovering around the 35 degree mark. More of the same next week please!

Debrecen 5-2 Vasas, DVTK 4-1 ZTE, Honvéd 1-2 Gyor, Kaposvár 2-2 Ferencváros, Paks 3-2 KTE, Pecs 1-0 Haladás & Újpest 0-1 Vasas

.                                              GP          W            D             L              GD          Pts

1              DVSC-TEVA         1              1              0              0              5-2          3

2              Diósgyőr              1              1              0              0              4-1          3

3              Győri ETO            1              1              0              0              2-1          3

4              Lombard Pápa   1              1              0              0              1-0          3

5              MVM Paks          1              1              0              0              3-2          3

6              Pécsi MFC           1              1              0              0              1-0          3

7              Ferencváros       1              0              1              0              2-2          1

8              Kaposvár             1              0              1              0              2-2          1

9              Siófok                   0              0              0              0              0-0          0

10           Videoton             0              0              0              0              0-0          0

11           Bp. Honvéd        1              0              0              1              1-2          0

12           Haladás                1              0              0              1              0-1          0

13           KTE-Ereco            1              0              0              1              2-3          0

14           Újpest                  1              0              0              1              0-1          0

15           Vasas-Híd            1              0              0              1              2-5          0

16           Zalaegerszeg      1              0              0              1              1-4          0


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