The last derby of this season took place tonight, on Monday, May 1, in the 29th round of the OTP Bank League, with the teams playing in front of a full house at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium. The home side were looking to continue their four-match unbeaten run, while Ferencvaros wanted to take another step towards our 34th league title with another won derby. Stanislav Cherchesov fielded a starting XI of Dibusz - Paszka, Knoester, Kovacevic, Civic - Baráth, Gojak, Tokmac - Marquinhos, Traoré, Owusu.
The 238th derby started with the purple and white's opening kick, and Antonov tried to score from about 18 meters, but his shot went wide of the goal, and in the sixth minute Pauljevic's cross was headed over by Csoboth. At the other end, a soft cross from Civic found Owusu between the defenders, who tried to cleverly lift the goalkeeper but Nikolic saved and it was also an offside situation. In the 13th minute, Mörschel's shot deflected off a Fradi player and a corner was taken, but there was no danger. The home side tried to control the game, relying mainly on the speed of Csoboth, who had been involved in all the home actions up until this point.
In the 24th minute, our team showed their strength. Tokmac's shot was saved by the goalkeeper, but the rebound went to Amer Gojak, who masterfully curled the ball into the left side of the goal from just inside the penalty area, scoring his first league goal in a Fradi shirt (0-1). In the 35th minute, Kovacevic sat on the ground with a painful face after a clearance, our Bosnian international midfielder needed treatment and eventually had to be substituted, with Samy Mmaee coming on for him after a nearly two-month injury. Towards the end of the first half, in the 41st minute, Fernand Gouré headed in a cross from close range for Dibusz (1-1).
Two changes were made at the break. Endre Botka replaced Pászka, while Krisztián Lisztes, who scored the winning goal after a great solo against Vasas, replaced Tokmac. In the 54th minute, Gojak almost copied his first goal, he received the ball from Traore in the penalty area, and our Bosnian international again perfectly rolled the ball into the net (1-2), and then five minutes later, Krisztián Lisztes came again and scored our third goal (1-3)! The last time we saw a Lisztes goal against the purple and white team was on 22 October 2011, when our team won 3-0 against their arch-rivals. This was the fourth league goal of our 17-year-old talent, before his goal against Vasas he scored two for MOL Fehérvár.
In the continuation, Újpest were noticeably confused, and after our two quick goals they could not regain momentum, their attacks lacked dynamism, while our team confidently maintained the lead. In the 77th minute, Lisztes almost scored again from Traoré's cross, but Kastrati managed to clear. In the 87th minute, a rebound from the goal post was cleared by Dibusz from the oncoming Újpest players. A minute later Civic was replaced by Abena. The referee called nine minutes of extra time to end the match. To raise the thrill, in the 93rd minute, Simon Krisztián reduced the deficit to one goal (2-3). Then, after Diaby's header, Dibusz saved, and then our goalkeeper had to be alert for a blocked shot. The corner kick was not dangerous after that.
Finally, our team collected an important three points in the derby against Újpest, and Kecskemét's defeat increased our lead at the top of the table to nine points!
We will continue on Saturday, May 6, at 19.45 against Kisvárda at the Groupama Arena.
OTP Bank League, Round 29
Újpest FC – Ferencvárosi TC 2-3 (1-1)
Budapest, Szusza Ferenc Stadion
Újpest: Nikolic – Kastrati, Antzoulas, Hall, Antonov (Diaby, 83.) – Boumal (Mack, 74.), Onovo – Pauljevic (Jakobi, 65.), Mörschel (Simon, 65.), Csoboth (Ambrose, 83.) - Gouré
Head coach: Nebojsa Vignjevic
FTC: Dibusz – Pászka (Botka, a szünetben), Knoester, Kovacevic (S.Mmaee, 38.), Civic (Abena, 88.) – Baráth, Gojak, Tokmac (Lisztes, a szünetben) – Marquinhos, Traoré, Owusu (Vécsei, 79.)
Head coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
Yellow card: Csoboth (45+4.), Gouré (66.), illetve Gojak (28.), Pászka (45+4.), Marquinhos (58.), Jakobi (81.)
Goals: Gouré (41.), Simon (93.), resp. Gojak (24., 54.), Lisztes (60.)
Danish Cup winning Nigerian player Tosin Kehinde joins Ferencvaros.
The Hungarian national team player convinced the FTC professional staff in the spring semester.
Barnabás Varga, top scorer of the 2022/2023 season, will continue his career at FTC.
Ferencváros men's football team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Mezőkövesd.
Our men's football team suffered a 3-1 defeat against DVSC.
Our champion men's football team lost 2-0 away to Kecskemét.
Pászka scored his first Fradi goal, while Lisztes and Samy Mmaee also scored against Kisvárda.
Thanks to the defeat of Kecskemét, FTC won their 34th title and set a 110-year old record.