Despite a Rocky First Leg, Three Hungarian Teams Advance to Next Round
Ábrahám Vass 2018.07.20.
As we reported last week, Hungarian clubs significantly underperformed in the first leg of the European Cups. In the second, however, they definitely found their footing as three made it into the next round.
After a boring and disappointing 1-2 loss in Skopje, Budapest Honvéd beat the Macedonians 4-0 in the second leg. The match was held behind closed doors due to the disruptive behavior of fans last year. In the next round, it appears Honvéd’s job will be even easier as they are set to play Progrès Niederkorn of Luxembourg.
With two early goals, Honvéd’s Filip Holender paved his team’s way into the next round. Photo: Szigetváry Zsolt/ MTI.
As predicted, MOL Vidi (Videoton) made its way into the next round (2-1; agg: 3-2). In the remaining minutes of the game, F91 Dudelange reportedly had multiple failed opportunities to equalize which would have had fatal consequences for the Hungarian champions; thankfully, with a bit of luck Mol Vidi was able to avoid such a result. Next round will definitely require a better performance as they play Bulgarian champion Ludogorets Razgrad.
The Israelis’ equalizer late in the first leg cost Ferencváros everything. Once again, ‘Fradi’ has disappointed its fans as this is the fourth year in a row they’ve gotten knocked out early despite being Hungary’s wealthiest and most popular football club.
Újpest’s brilliant performance surprised many as they beat Neftçi 4-0 following a 1-3 loss in Azerbaijan. With an aggregate score of 5-3, they will face five-time champions, Sevilla FC, probably in a packed stadium in the next round.
Bonus: with two late goals in a thrilling game, DAC Dunajská Streda (Dunaszerdahely) has qualified for the next round, simultaneously kicking out Georgian Dinamo Tbilisi. The Hungarian owned club plays in the Slovakian championships but resides in a predominantly Hungarian town. DAC Dunajská Streda’s Hungarian fanbase will have another chance to cheer in the upcoming match against historical club Belorussian Dinamo Minsk in the next round.
via MTI, NSO
featured image: celebrating Újpest players after the game; via Újpest FC- Facebook