38,979 fans gathered for the Mol Hungarian Cup final, the clash between Ferencváros Torna Club and Paksi FC. The highest number of supporters at the Hungarian Cup final was 40,000 in 1955, although ticket control left something to be desired back then... Our 33-time champion men's football team had won the Hungarian Cup 23 times before, and the Tolna-based team wanted to lift the trophy for the first time. The Fradi fans marched from the Keleti railway station to the Puskás Arena, the venue for the final, creating already an unforgettable atmosphere before the match.
Our team had a longer journey to the final, conceding just one goal to get past Hatvan (9-0), Tököl (7-0), Vasas (2-0), Honvéd (1-0) and ETO FC Győr (4-1). And in the final, head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, who has previously won a national cup abroad with Legia Warszawa in Poland, fielded the following starting line-up:
Dibusz - Botka, Blazic, S. Mmaee - Auzqui, Esiti, Zachariassen, Laidouni, Pászka - Boli, Marquinhos.
After the anthem played by the Pénzügyőr orchestra - with a five-minute delay due to a cloud of green and white smoke descending on the pitch - the LXXXII, that is 82nd Mol Hungarian Cup final kicked off with a kick-off by Ferencváros. Our team had the first corner kick of the match, but Pászka's cross was blocked by the defenders. In the 5th minute, Marquinhos made a great diving save and came towards the ball, but his pass was kicked away from Boli, which turned out to be an offside. From the counter-attack, Haraszti's shot missed Dibusz's goal. The first quarter of an hour was dominated by Fradi, but we did not create any really dangerous situations. In the 16th minute, however, we took the lead: Laidouni launched Kristoffer Zachariassen, who passed the ball to Marquinhos, but the Brazilian striker unselfishly passed the ball back and our Norwegian player shot into the goal from 8 metres between Nagy's legs (1-0). The second was almost there right after, Marquinhos this time from deep on the right wing, rolled the ball in front of Franck Boli from long range, but our striker dived in from 3 metres and shot into the goal.
In the middle of the half, another great FTC situation was missed after Pászka's right-wing corner was headed towards the bottom right corner by Zachariassen, but Nagy saved brilliantly. Paks then had a free-kick chance, Haraszti's cross was crossed by János Szabó, but Dibusz was not surprised. In the 35th minute, Carlos Auzqui fired a 25-metre shot at goal which bounced off the crossbar and back onto the pitch. In the 40th minute, Boli stepped away with Laidouni's great ball, but he fired into the side netting from the right corner of the five-yard box. Just before the break Boli passed to Marquinos, but at the last minute our player was saved by the defenders for a corner, there was no danger from the spot kick. The first half was a high tempo game and a Fradi goal. Our defenders stood their ground well with Dibusz, while our strikers, moved by Laidouni, created many situations.
At half-time Paks made a substitution. We didn't make any changes, neither did Laidouni and Marquinhos, the former fired after another great ball from the latter, but Nagy made a great save. In the 59th minute we made our first substitution, the agile Marquinhos was replaced by a midfielder, Stjepan Loncar. A minute later Windecker received his first yellow card of the match for a kick on Laidouni. Loncar almost opened the scoring, after Pászka's left-wing cross to Auzqui, Boli could not shoot, the Bosnian midfielder did, but inaccurately.
In the 65th minute, Lenzsér hit Boli for a yellow card, just before the sixteen-meter line. From the free kick Loncar hit the line. Our player then committed a foul, for which he was booked. Paks also threatened, Sajbán's left-wing cross went over Pászka and Kovács shot badly over the top. Soon after Sajbán was on goal himself, but Pászka made a superb save. Head coach Cherchesov made two substitutions for the second half - while Botka also received a yellow card for a foul - with Wingo and Civic replacing Auzqui and Pászka. In the 82nd minute, perhaps for the first time, the National League's top scorer Ádám Martin flashed a header wide from a left-wing cross. In the 83rd minute, the cup final was decided: Loncar played a beautiful ball to Franck Boli, who turned around his defender and curled a sensational ball into the bottom right corner from 7 metres (2-0). This wasn't the end! This time Boli received an excellent clearance from Wingo, and the Ivorian striker slotted the ball into the net without stopping (3-0).
Referee Bognár called off the match and our men's football team lifted the trophy again after 2017. After 2016, our club doubled again, winning the OTP Bank League and the Mol Hungarian Cup! Go, Fradi!
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Three-time Slovakian champion and cup winner Myenty Abena will continue his career at Ferencváros.