After last week's 4-0 win at the Groupama Arena, the defending Hungarian men's football champions took a four-goal lead into Thursday night's UEFA Europa Conference League second qualifying round second leg tie against Irish side Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin. Our head coach Csaba Máté sent Ferencváros out with a line-up of Dibusz - Makreckis, Mmaee, Cissé, Ramírez - Sigér, Romdhane - Traoré, Zachariassen, Marquinhos - Varga.
Our team started the game, but Shamrock had the first big chance in the second minute. Gannon ran down Ramírez on the right wing and crossed flatly into the middle, but the oncoming partner's shot was blocked by the retreating Romdhane with a great slide in. In the 3rd minute, Sigér was booked by the Polish referee after a clearance, and immediately afterwards Traoré could have broken into the goal on his own, but the assistant waved offside. In the 9th minute, after a home possession, another Fradi chance was presented, Traoré dribbled down near the baseline on the right, his sharp, flat cross got past goalkeeper Pöhls and was cleared with some difficulty by the defenders. However, play remained in the Shamrock area, and finally Ramírez finished off another action with a shot from 25 meters that flew well over the top of the goal. In the 13th minute the home side came close to taking the lead, but Kenny's close range shot was cleared by Dibusz, and the rebound was volleyed over the bar by Gannon, before Mmaee scooped it clear. Shortly afterwards another great Shamrock chance was missed, Burke's header from Kenny was powerfully saved by Dibusz who hit it over the bar.
We had to wait until the 22nd minute for another Fradi situation, when Makreckis was flicked on with great pace, his cross was stepped on, but after a slight scramble the ball bounced off Ramírez and into the path of Romdhane, who didn't hit the target. Three minutes later, Burke had a promising chance to shoot a free kick from a central position, but it missed the target. In the 28th minute, we came close to scoring, Traoré again played on the right, his centre bounced dangerously off a defender and towards the goal, but goalkeeper Pöhls saved with the help of the crossbar. In the 31st minute, however, nothing could save the home side from recieving a goal: Traoré set up Varga with a great pass, he put the ball behind him and Zachariassen shot. The shot bounced off two defenders and Pöhls had no chance, the ball ended up in the bottom right corner (0-1). The rest of the half was a field battle without any real chances, and we went into the break with a one-goal lead.
At the break Csaba Máté made three changes, with Owusu replacing Traoré, Ramírez was replaced by Pászka and Anderson Esiti replaced Sigér. The home side also made a substitution, Watts coming on for O'Neill.In the 50th minute Barnabas Varga was booked after a foul. Two minutes later, Zachariassen had a shot from distance that missed. In the 62nd minute, Shamrock also made a triple substitution, with Burt replacing Nonnan, Greene replacing Kenny and Razi replacing Burke. Within minutes Csaba Máté made his last two substitutions, Varga and Cissé went off the pitch, Lisztes and Knoester came on for them. In the 70th minute the home side also used their last substitution opportunity, Ronan came on for Hoare.
In the 72nd minute we came close to another goal, Marquinhos pulled away well on the left, from a flat cross Owusu shot from outside the box, the excellent shot into the top left was saved by Pöhls with the help of the crossbar. In the 84th minute Owusu shot into the net, but the referee disallowed the goal for an offside. In the final minutes, our team mobilised its effortsto get the second goal that would decide the game, for example in the 87th minute Lisztes shot into the keeper after a good pass from Marquinhos. Two minutes later, we missed another chance to score, Zachariassen-Owusu-Marquinhos had the ball in his path, and our Brazilian shot was saved by goalkeeper Pöhls with a header from a corner, which is rarely seen on a football pitch. In the final minute of normal time, Samy Mmaee shot into the net from 15 metres out from a cross by Lisztes, ending the game (0-2).
With their away win, Ferencváros stepped over Irish champions Shamrock Rovers with a double victory, 6-0 on aggregate, and progressed to the third round of the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifying stage, where they will face Hamrun Spartans FC of Malta.
UEFA Europa Conference League, 2nd qualification round, 2nd leg
Shamrock Rovers – FTC 0-2 (0-1)
Dublin, Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers: Pöhls – Cleary, Lopes, Hoare (Finn, 71.) – Gannon, Noonan (Burt, 62.), Poom, O’Neill (Watts, 46.), Cruise – Kenny (Greene, 62.), Burke (Razi, 62.). Head coach: Stephen Bradley.
FTC: Dibusz – Makreckis, Mmaee, Cissé (Knoester, 66.), Ramírez (Pászka, 46.) – Sigér (Esiti, 46.), Romdhane – Traoré (Owusu, 46.), Zachariassen, Marquinhos – Varga B. (Lisztes, 66.). Head coach: Máté Csaba.
Yellow card: Sigér (3.), Varga B. (50.)
Gólok: Zachariassen (31.), Mmaee (90.)
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