Budapest derby drawn as only Paks take all three points in NB I
The 24th round of the OTP Liga saw a succession of draws as only Paks celebrated a win, that coming away from home against resurgent Mezőkövesd. Elsewhere, Ferencváros played out a goalless draw at the home of Újpest and Videoton had to settle for the same result away at Puskás Akadémia.
Újpest FC 0-0 Ferencváros
Újpest: Pajovic - Pauljevic (Zsótér, 78.), Litauszki, Bojovic, Burekovic - Diallo, Balázs - Onovo, Nagy D. (Sankovic, 85.), Nwobodo - Novothny (Tischler, 87.)
Ferencváros: Dibusz - Lovrencsics G., Otigba, Blazic, Marquinhos - Szpirovszki (Nagy D., 72.), Leandro, Gorriarán - Varga R. (Priskin, 62.), Böde, Moutari (Lovrencsics
These two teams had previously drawn 2-2 in the Ferenc Szusza stadium this season, while at the Groupama Aréna, Dániel Böde had snatched a late Ferencvaro winner. This, the 223rd derby between this pair took place in driving rain with the first 20 minutes negotiately cautiously by both sides. The hosts' Benjámin Balázs drew a decent save from Dénes Dibusz before Nwobodo and Bojovic both spurned chances to open the scoring as the half-time break approached. The second period was held up for a few minutes after canisters opened by the home and away fans saw smoke engulf the pitch and the enforced delay did nothing to change the pattern of the game for the better, chances at a premium and long-range efforts the only efforts on goal. In added time, visitors Ferencváros appealed unsuccessfully for handball inside the Újpest penalty area and thus the game finished goalless.
Diósgyőri VTK 1-1 Budapest Honvéd (HT: 1-0)
Goalscorers: DIÓ: Joannidis (30' pen,), HON: Eppel (47')
Diósgyőri VTK: Antal - Eperjesi, Lipták, Karan, Tamás - Vela (Óvári, 82.), Busai, Sesztakov (Hasani, 61.) - Bacsa (Szarka, 70.), Ugrai, Joannidisz
Budapest Honvéd: Gróf - Heffler, Lovric, Baráth, Kukoc (Holender, 32.) - Ikenne-King (Danilo, 77.), Gazdag, Nagy G., Banó-Szabó (Májer, 86.) - Eppel, Lanzafame
Diosgyőr started this match the better team and earned an early penalty, only for Honvéd goalkeeper Dávid Gróf to save fellow Hungary international Roland Ugrai from the spot. Thereafter, the visitors dominated for a time but chances still fell the way of the team from Miskolc and Gróf was called upon several times to keep his cleansheet thus far intact. Not even he was able to help in the 30th minute though when Lovric committed a foul and Joannidis dispatched the resultant penalty to put the hosts one-nil up. Home goalkeeper Antal denied Honvéd before the break but he was beaten in superb fashion by last year's top goalscorer Márton Eppel two minutes into the second period who levelled the scores with 43 minutes left to play. Eppel's teammate Ikenne-King proved dangerous throughout while for Diosgyőr Joannidis was the biggest threat, but the deadlock remained for the rest of the game, Honvéd seeing a potential winner ruled out for offside and Gróf being called into action to deny the hosts as the points were shared.
Puskás Akadémia FC 0-0 Videoton FC
Puskás Akadémia: Hegedüs L. - Osváth, Poór, Hegedűs J., Spandler, Trajkovski - Knezevic (Latifi 86.), Zsidai, Balogh B. - Perosevic (Madarász 78.), Radó (Diallo 46.)
Videoton FC: Kovácsik - Nego, Fiola, Juhász R., Stopira - Huszti, Hadzic (Pátkai 59.), Kovács I. (Nikolov 80.) - Lazovics - M. Scepovic, S. Scepovic
The first-half saw Videoton threaten more but there were no clear chances for either side. Puskás Akadémia's intentions to first and foremost preserve their cleansheet was evident, their packed defence only relieved of pressure when their attackers mounted sporadic counter-attacks which ultimately came to nothing. The pattern of the game continued in the second half with Videoton dominating possession but unable to breach the home defence. The hosts did see a sight of goal in the 70th minute when Trajkovski forced a save from Ádám Kovácsik when perhaps he should have scored and then Vidi nearly snatched a winnner, only for Stopira to shoot wide. Puskás Akadémia defender Patrik Poór headed the ball onto the top of his own net as the pressure on the team from Felcsút mounted but there was to be alleviation to the attrition, except for that induced by the final whistle as both teams were forced to settle for a point.
Balmaz Kamilla Gyógyfürdő 1-1 Vasas FC (HT: 1-0)
Goalscorers: BA: Andric (29.), VAS: Vida (64.)
Balmazújváros: Horváth L. - Habovda, Póti, Tamás L., Uzoma - Vajda S., Sigér, Kamarás (Rácz, 56.), Maisuradze - Sindagoridze (Batarelo, 67.), Andric (Harsányi, 87.)
Vasas: Nagy G. - Burmeister, Benes, Egerszegi, Ristevski - James (Pavlov, 59.), Vida, Berecz, Barczi - Remili, Ádám (Vaskó, 92.)
There were few scoring opportunities in this first half but many mistakes and general inaccuracy and although Vasas controlled much of the action, it was the home team who went ahead through Andric in the 29th minute. Vasas remained the busier team with the ball but it took a tremendous long-range shot from Máté Vida to level matters just after the hour mark. Thereafter, neither of these relegation-haunted teams could snatch a vital winner so they were forced to take just a point each from this match which ended in heavy rain.
Mezőkövesd 2-3 Paksi FC (HT: 0-2)
Goalscorers: MEZ: Drazic (81., 94.), PAK: Hahn (13.), Bertus (22.), Bartha (68.)
Mezőkövesd: Dombó - Farkas, Hudák, Katanec, Vadnai - Cseri, Mlinar (Novák 62.), Iszlai, Misák (Drazic 62.) - Koszta, Bognár
Paks: Verpecz - Vági, Lenzsér, Gévay, Szabó - Simon Á. - Haraszti (Kulcsár 84.), Papp, Bertus, Bartha (Koltai 90.) - Hahn (Simon A. 76.)
Thirteen minutes were all it took for visitors Paks to seize the initiative through Patrik Hahn, albeit it was their first attack of the match. That settled the away team who attacked confidently and doubled their lead nine minutes later through Bertus' strike. Two-nil to Paks was how it stayed until well into the second half when László Bartha extended that advantange to three and ultimately proved to be the match-winner, Mezőkövesd pulling back two goals in the 81st and 94th minute to at least make the scoreline more respectable, although there was no time for a chance at grabbing a remarkable equaliser.
Swietelsky-Haladás - Debreceni VSC 1-1 (HT: 0-1)
Goalscorers: HAL: Rabusic (60.), DEB: Könyves (23.)
Swietelsky Haladás: Király - Schimmer, Wils, Kolcák, Bosnjak - Jagodics, Kovács L. (Jancsó, 74.) - Mészáros, Rácz, Németh Má. (Grumic, 63.) - Rabusic (Williams, 77.)
DVSC: Nagy S. - Bényei, Szatmári, Mészáros, Barna - Varga K. (Tisza, 77.), Jovanovic, Tőzsér, Bódi - Tabakovic (Takács T., 57.), Könyves (Filip, 91.)
Haladás were the first of these two teams to endanger the opponents' goal but it was Debrecen who opened the scoring in the 23rd minute thanks to Norbert Könyves' tap into an empty net after rounding the hosts' goalkeeper Gábor Király and despite the howls for offside from the home defence. That goal rocked the home team but they
gradually recovered and managed to restore parity on the hour mark courtesy of Rabusic's goal. Haladás went in search of a winner thereafter but they couldn't find one and indeed they were thankful that Debrecen's counter-attacks proved fruitless too, 1-1 remaining the score at the final whistle.