Ferencvaros – Ujpest: Boli the Difference as Ujpest Left to Rue Missed Opportunities

Ferencvaros took home the spoils and city bragging rights following their victory in the first Budapest derby of the season against Ujpest thanks to a close-range finish from in-form striker Franck Boli.  The Ivorian pounced on a dangerous cross from Eldar Civic mid-way through the first-half to score the game’s only goal.  However, visitors Ujpest were left to bemoan a lack of cutting edge of their own as they dominated for large spells without being able to get the goal their play deserved.

Of Budapest’s numerous derbies, it is the Ferencvaros – Ujpest match that captures the enthusiasm of the city more than most.  As Copa90 found out back in 2014 when they came to the city to cover the game, there is no love lost between both sets of fans who expect their players to leave everything on the pitch at the end of the match.

Yesterday’s encounter – the 227th league meeting of the two clubs – was no different as Ferencvaros, 4th in the table at kick-off played host to 7th placed Ujpest under the watchful eyes of Yoda; the Jedi Master forming part of an impressive pre-match tifo display from the Fradi Ultra’s.

What Master Yoda would have made of the opening quarter of the game, I’m not sure as the opening exchanges passed with very little of note happening.  However, just as Ujpest were beginning to assert a measure of control on the game Ferencvaros broke the deadlock with their first real attack of the game.

Left-back Civic swung in a teasing cross from the left into the danger zone between defenders and goalkeeper.  While the Ujpest defence froze and failed to deal with the cross, Boli used the Power of the Force to steal in unmarked at the far post and, with an expertly controlled finish, steered the ball home to hand Ferencvaros the lead.

Stunned and deflated, Ujpest found themselves on the rocks in the minutes following the goal but managed to regain their composure before the break, Feczesin and Zsoter both going close to levelling the scores before the interval.

Expecting a reaction from both sides following the break, the second-half literally started with a bang as the Fradi Ultra’s announced the start of the half by setting off a firework display that set the tone for what was to follow on the pitch.

Bar one half-chance that fell the way of the largely disappointing Tokmac, the second half was pretty much one-way traffic directed at Dibusz in the Ferencvaros goal.  Wave after wave of Ujpest attacks were repelled by a combination of saves by the Fradi keeper or last-ditch defending, with at least one effort cleared from off the line. 

As the game drew to a close there was a growing sense of tension amongst the home support that an equaliser was on the cards, such was the intensity of Ujpest’s constant attacks.  Tensions from the crowd transferred to the players on the pitch as mistakes and slackness took over the Ferencvaros players, gifting yet more chances to the visitors.  But still, they could not penetrate the Ferencvaros defences.

From the sidelines, the lively Nebojsa Vignjevic urged his players on for one last push to get the goal his team deserved on balance of play, but could only watch on helplessly as chance after chance went begging.  Alas, it was all in vain as Fradi somehow held strong to claim all three points.

MANAGER REACTIONS

Sergiy Rebrov – Ferencvaros

Despite the win, Rebrov was extremely dissatisfied with his side’s performance stating that they lost the ball on far too many occasions, resulting in a loss of confidence as the game wore on.

He also showed his displeasure of the fans booing his players for playing passing backwards to keep possession in the later stages, arguing that in those moments it is better to keep the ball in defence than attack and lose it.

“I wasn’t happy with our attacking players today, they did nothing.  If I could have made more changes I would have taken them all off.  We won, but the performance was not good enough.”

Nebojsa Vignjevic – Ujpest

Vignjevic cut an inconsolable figure in the post-match conference and was lost for an explanation as to how his team had failed to win the match after dominating in the manner they did.

On more than one occasion he spoke of his pride in his player’s performance and that he could not remember a game in which they dominated so much in a long time. 

“We had a game plan to press Ferencvaros’ weaknesses, to be aggressive, and patient on the ball.  We created so many chances and I just don’t know how we didn’t score.  I feel so sorry for the players, they gave their all today.”