Only Vasas fail to boost their fight for survival
The 26th round of the OTP Bank Liga this weekend saw all but one of the relegation candidates gain points in their battle to remain in Hungary's top tier of professional football.
Balmaz Kamilla Gyógyfürdő 2-1 Diósgyőri VTK (HT: 0-0)
Goalscorers: BAL: Rudolf (88., 90., both penalties), DIÓ: Óvári (46.)
Neither side risked much in the first half, much of the play taking place in the middle third, although the visitors did miss two presentable chances towards the end of the first 45 minutes. They put that right immediately after half-time when Óvári finished off a fine passing move. Balmazújváros were struggling to find their rhythm so it was unsurprising that only a set-piece brought them close to equalising, Vajda's 70th-minute free-kick being diverted onto the woodwork and away by Diósgyőr goalkeeper Antal. Vajda struck the frame of the goal again a little later but finally the hosts were rewarded for their pressue in the 88th minute when Szarka handled and Rudolf dispatch the resultant penalty. Two minutes later and incredibly Rudolf was handed the chance to win all three points from the spot when his teammate Harsányi was bundled over in the box and he made no mistake from twelve metres out. Balmaz have now defeated Diósgyőr three times this season and are unbeaten in six home matches, a run which has now lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Paksi FC-Swietelsky Haladás 1-2 (0-1)
Goalscorers: PAKS: Simon A. (71.), HAL: Hahn (11., own goal), Grumic (70.)
Haladás took the lead with a lucky goal early on, a free-kick deflecting off Hahn and into his own goal in the 11th minute. The game was even thereafter so there was change in the scoreline before the break but Haladás dominated after the break and could have extended their advantage. Paks did come back into it but they were punished by Grumic who doubled the away team's lead against the run of play in the 70th minute. To their credit, Paks reduced the arrears straightaway through Simon's header and pushed hard for an equaliser until the very end, but it was not forthoming and so it was Haladás who collected all three points.
Újpest FC 4-2 Vasas FC (1-0)
Goalscorers: Nwobodo (25.), Novothny (53., 76. - the latter from the penalty spot), Pauljevic (56.), VAS: James (32.), Egerszegi (55.)
Újpest took the lead just before the half-hour mark in this Budapest derby with their first real chance, Nwobodo the one to find the Vasas net. The visitors had a goal disallowed before they equalised in the 32nd minute through James, the first half remaining level thereafter. Three goals in five minutes resulted in the host leading 3-2 after an hour and the crucial next goal went the home team's way too, Novothny successfully converting a penalty for his second goal of the game, one which ensured Újpest took the victory and that Vasas' winless run against them stretching back to 1997 continues. The club from Angyalföld have now slipped to last position in the division.
Puskás Akadémia FC 1-1 Budapest Honvéd FC (1-0)
Goalscorers: PUS: Hegedűs J. (35.), HON: Danilo (86.)
Puskás Akadémia dominated first-half possession in the first half and took a deserved lead when János Hegedüs headed in Knezevic's corner in he 35th minute. The pattern of the game didn't change much in the second half but Honvéd snatched a barely-deserved leveller when Danilo headed in Kukoc's cross to ensure a share of the points.
Mezőkövesd Zsóry FC 0-0 Videoton
This was an even game for the first half-hour before visitors Videoton, second in the division on goal difference, threatened the Mezőkövesd goal for the first time. The hosts, currently just out of the relegation zone, battled hard to maintain parity and survived until the end to claim a point despite late Vidi pressure.
Debreceni VSC 1-1 Ferencváros (1-1)
Goalscorers: DEB: Könyves (37.), FTC: Varga R. (8.)
There was a tremendous atmosphere at the Nagyerdői stadion which made this fixture feel almost like a derby. There wasn't long to wait until the first goal, Roland Varga scoring as early as the eighth minute and Fradi continued to be dangerous thereafter while Debrecen hardly got near Dénes Dibusz's goal at the other end. That why Norbert Könyves' superb, long-range, 37th-minute equaliser came as a shock to many watching. The first quarter of an hour of the second period was an even affair but then Thomas Doll's team took control, Dániel Böde going close with a header which struck the woodwork. Loki came back into it and the game ended in end-to-end style, albeit no further goals were scored. Ferencváros therefore stay at the top of the table, ahead of Videoton in second spot on goal difference.
The previous week's results had seen Videoton win their midweek game in hand against Honvéd 4-1 at the Bozsik stadion to draw level on points with Ferencváros at the top of NB I, only an inferior goal difference denying them top spot.
Budapest Honvéd–Videoton FC 1-4 (0-1)
Goalscorers: HON: Lanzafame (57.), VID: Nikolov (35.), Lazovic (54., 80.), Vinícius (65.)
Yellow cards: Lanzafame (34.), Ikenne-King (44.), Heffler T. (49.), VID: Kovácsik (31.), Huszti (44.), Pátkai (51.), A. Hadzic (57.), Nego (62.)
OTP Bank Liga, Round 25 results, 7th April:
Ferencváros 3–0 Mezőkövesd Zsóry FC (1–0)
Groupama Aréna, ref.: Solymosi
Goalscorers: FTC: Böde (32.), Varga R. (50.), Georgijevic (87.)
sárga lap: Botka (39.), illetve Katanec (15.), Hudák (23.), Iszlai (63.), Lázár (69.)
Diósgyőri VTK 1–2 Swietelsky Haladás (0–1)
Mezőkövesd, ref.: Karakó
Goalscorers: DIÓ: Ugrai (61.), HAL: Mészáros (20.), Kovács L. (49.)
Yellow cards: DIÓ: Karan (28.), Lipták (84.), HAL: Schimmer (26.), Williams (92.)
Vasas 1–2 Puskás Akadémia (0–1)
Szusza Ferenc Stadion, ref.: Iványi
Goalscorers: VAS: Mevoungou (93., own goal), PUS: Spandler (22.), Radó (84.)
Yellow cards: VAS: Berecz (45+1.), Vaskó (80.), PUS: Trajkovski (15.), Diallo (23.), Poór (67.), Mevoungou (73.)
Budapest Honvéd 2–0 Balmaz Kamilla Gyógyfürdő (0–0)
Bozsik Stadion, ref.: Kassai
Goalscorers: HON: Danilo (74.), Lanzafame (91. pen)
Yellow cards: HON: Nagy G. (26.), Danilo (82.), BAL: Horváth L. (73.), Habovda (76.), Sigér (69.)
Paksi FC 2–5 Debreceni VSC (0–2)
Paks, ref.: Bognár
Goalscorers: PAKS: Hahn (48., 69.), DEB: Könyves (31., 40.), Tabakovic (49., 55.), Takács T. (64.)
Red card: Kulcsár D. (66.)
Yellow cards: PAKS: Szabó J. (53.), Nikházi (62.), Bertus (81.), DEB: Könyves (42.)
Videoton FC–Újpest FC 3–0 (1–0)
Felcsút, ref.: Andó-Szabó
Goalscorers: VID: S. Scepovic (19.), Huszti (54.), Nego (84.)
Yellow cards: ÚJP: Kálnoki-Kis (45.), Nagy D. (78.)