In the picturesque surroundings of Kössen in Tyrol, among the mountain peaks of the Alps, our thirty-three-time champions and twenty-four-time Hungarian Cup winners played the first preparation match of their second training camp in Austria. The opponents were Romanian Cup winners Sepsi OSK. Varga Á. - Botka, Knoester, Iyinbor, Pászka - Katona M., Nagy O., Mercier - Gera D., Traoré, Lisztes.
The eighth minute brought the first big chance of the match. Gera Dániel's long range effort was cut to the right of a defender, just in front of Adama Traoré, who neatly picked up the ball and sent a sizzling left-footed bomb under the top post, but goalkeeper Niczuly saved the corner.
At the end of the first quarter of an hour, Lisztes was superbly launched but the opponents managed to save at the last minute from our young striker. In the 20th minute, our Malian winger Traoré, who was signed from Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol in the summer, passed to Lisztes, who crossed to the oncoming Pászka, our defender curled a right-footed shot from 14 meters, but the goalkeeper saved.
In the middle of the first half, Traoré shone again, after a great ball from Olivér Nagy, he shot left-footed from 11 metres, but this time the Malian winger Niczuly saved. Shortly afterwards, Knoester's cross was saved by the Sepsi goalkeeper again from Botka. In the first half an hour, our team clearly dominated in the rainy meeting in Kosice.
That's why it was shocking that Dumitrescu's sliding cross was smashed into the top left corner of our goal (0-1). After the goal, Lóránd Pászka was replaced by Eldar Civic.
The game continued to be played more in the box, and in the 42nd minute Sepsi had a chance to take a free kick from 22 meters, but first Iyinbor was kicked in the head by the lineout wall, and then our defender made a deliberate save, sliding the ball out of the net.
Just before the break Civic tried a shot from 18 metres out, but the ball got caught by Gera Dániel, who was in an offside position.
After the turnaround, Wingo replaced Botka and Varga was replaced by Szabolcs Mergl, who had to watch out for the opponent's corners in the first minutes. In the 57th minute, we got inside the Sepsi penalty area for the first time in the second half, Lisztes set up Gera, but the rival defenders saved the ball.
After that Sepsi came under pressure again. Mercier threatened from a free kick, but he shot over the goal. In the 60th minute we made several substitutions, with Gavric, Besic, Kovacevic and Vécsei coming on.
In the 63rd minute Sepsi scored another lucky goal from nothing. Damascan's shot from 25 meters bounced in front of Mergl and between the legs of our goalkeeper (0-2).
In the 78th minute, our last substitute, Norbert Kaján came on for Traoré. In the 80th minute, Vécsei could have scored a goal, he was on the end of a corner, but his header bounced off the post. Iyinbor headed over from a repeated corner kick. At the other end, Mergl was almost caught out from half-court, but the ball flew over as our goalkeeper raced back into his goal. Sepsi could close the game with another goal (0-3) in the 90th minute by Damascan.
Unfortunately, our revitalized team could not win this time, but will have two more chances in the training camp.
Men's football, training match
FTC - Sepsi OSK 0-3 (0-1)
FTC: Varga Á. - Botka, Knoester, Iyinbor, Pászka - Katona M., Nagy O., Mercier - Gera D., Traoré, Lisztes. Head coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
Substitutes: Mergl, Civic, Vécsei, Besic, Kovacevic, Wingo, Kaján, Gavric
Goals: Dumitrescu (30th), Damascan (63rd, 90th)
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