In the first round of the group stage of Europa League, Ferencváros, managing to resist to Espanyol’s extreme pressure, reached a draw against the Primera División side in Barcelona.
It was almost 15 years ago when the 9th district club last had the chance to take the field in the group stage of either European football cup. In December 2004, they beat Scottish club Hearts but were eventually dropped out of the tournament. A long and hard time has since passed for the green-whites. This year, after having been overcome by Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League qualifiers, Fradi outplayed Lithuanian FK Sūduva in Europa League playoff, meaning a long-desired spot in Europe’s No 2 club tournament.
Yesterday, Ferencváros started off better, and what is more, in the tenth minute they took the lead after a nice attack.
Although Espanyol equalized in the 60th minute, FTC managed to resist the Spanish team’s immense pressure, pocketing one point and an unexpected success.
Fradi in the next round receives Bulgarian Ludogorets Razgrad, whom they have beat twice in the first round of the CL qualification, but who yesterday destroyed (5-1) Russian top club CSKA Moscow.
images by MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák