A 32nd-minute goal from veteran former Hungary international striker Sándor Torghelle gave MTK a 1-0 home victory over Ferencváros (FTC) this weekend, thereby ending the title contenders unbeaten start to the season and their record of 34 league matches without defeat.
The 208th derby between the two Budapest-based teams saw Ferencváros start the better and it was only thanks to MTK goalkeeper Lajos Hegedűs that his team stayed on level terms. Even when he was beaten by Zoltán Gera’s header and Tamás Hajnal’s shot, the woodwork came to MTK’s rescue. The home team came back into the contest though and took the lead in the 32nd minute, József Kanta’s indirect free-kick finding Torghelle free ten metres from goal and he finished with aplomb past goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz. Although Ferencváros were shaken back into shape by the concession of that goal and dominated the rest of the match, they could not create clear chances and MTK could even have scored again on the counter-attack.
Ferencváros head coach Thomas Doll said after the game that his side had many chances but not the little extra needed to score. “The pitch was horrible tonight, but this is not the reason why we were beaten. We lost an important match tonight and credit goes for MTK for their enthusiastic play. They knew no lost balls and when a team has such a spirit, it cannot be said that they have won undeservedly”, the German trainer said.
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