After a long wait, a training camp in Mezőkövesd and a training camp in Spain, we were back in action to cheer on our 33-time champions, 24-time Hungarian Cup winners and UEL round of 16 finalists. Our opponent tonight was Zalaegerszeg, and we started the year 2023 with a postponed match from the 2nd round due to our team's European Cup participation. For the match in the bitter cold, Stanislav Cherchesov sent on the pitch the starters Dibusz - Botka, Kovacevic, Knoester, Civic - Besic, Vécsei, Mercier - Zachariassen, Traoré - Marquinhos.
A great situation was missed right from the fifth minute: after a great dribbling from Mercier, Traoré was served out by Mercier, our Malian striker beat the goalkeeper one on one, but his lift hit the side netting. Soon afterwards, Marquinhos' shot from a cross went over the top. In the 16th minute, Zachariassen's clearance was met by Mercier, but Demjén made a great save. ZTE's problems did not end here, immediately after the opportunity, Botka was fouled inside the penalty area, and a penalty was awarded, which Marquinhos, who had a new hairstyle, scored (0-1). The home team replied almost out of nowhere, and after a messy situation in front of goal, Huszti put the ball into the net (1-1).
In the 33rd minute, a strong shot from the home team missed Dibusz's goal, and after the goal exchange, the balance of power was noticeably evened out. At the other end, Vécsei's attempt went just wide, and Civic's header was just outside the net. As the break approached, Zachariassen got launched by Marquinhos, but our Norwegian international was already offside.
The game continued in a similarly open fashion. The team of Ricardo Moniz, who managed Fradi between 2012 and 2013, won the League Cup and the league bronze medal with our team, and now manages ZTE, created the first small chances of the second half, but our goal was not in danger. We had our first shot in the 58th minute, but Civic could not find the net. We then made our first substitution, with Mercier being replaced by Tokmac Nguen.
In the 71st minute, Ikoba raced across the field but his finish was not precise enough. We needed to make some changes with Carlos Auzqui and Aissa Laidouni replacing Marquinhos and Zachariassen. In the 78th minute, Ikoba almost took advantage of a defensive error but missed the target, as did Tokmac on the other end. Then Vécsei was also in position but was cleared and on the corner Tokmac's shot was blocked. The 90th minute had already passed when Civic's corner was headed back into the middle by Knoester, and Traoré was on the ball to score the winning goal (1-2)! At the end of the match, our new signing Abena made his debut for Ferencváros as a substitute.
So our team started the year 2023 with a win and we now have an 11-point lead at the top of the table with one less game played.
OTP Bank League, Round 2
ZTE – FTC 1-2 (1- 1)
Zalaegerszeg ZTE Aréna
ZTE: Demjén – Huszti (lesjak, 86.), Mocsi, Csóka, Bedi – Szendrei, Szalay (Tajti, a szünetben), Sankovic, Gergényi – Ikoba, Manzinga (Safronov, 86.). Head coach: Ricardo Moniz
FTC: Dibusz – Botka, Knoester, Kovacevic, Civic – Besic, Vécsei, Mercier (Tokmac, 62.) – Zachariassen (Laidouni, 75.), Traoré (Abena, 90+3.) – Marquinhos (Auzqui, 75.). Head coach: Sztanyiszlav Csercseszov
Goals: Huszti (21.), resp. Marquinhos (17.), Traoré (90+1.)
Owusu Kwabena joins our men's football team from former qualification opponents Qarabag.
Our men's football team played a 0-0 draw against Vasas in the 17th round of the championship.
The Tunisian national midfielder won two Hungarian championship titles and an MMK with FTC.
Three-time Slovakian champion and cup winner Myenty Abena will continue his career at Ferencváros.
Stanislav Cherchesov's team played a preparation match against Piast Gliwice from Poland.
Our men's football team won by two goals against German first division side Augsburg.
Ferencváros men's football team is training in La Nucia from 7-17 January.
With goals from Traoré and Auzqui, Ferencváros men's football team beat Budapest Honvéd 2-0.