After 70 days of inaction, Hungarian football resumed this weekend with one game in the Championships (NB1) and two in the Cup. On Saturday, amid special restrictions and without spectators, Ferencváros beat Debrecen, while the first leg of the Cup’s semifinal saw two draws.
It was in mid-March when the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) suspended all organized competition programs and training sessions. It was later revealed that the first division and the Cup would be played as soon as the epidemic situation makes it possible, but lower divisions are ended, with MTK and Budafok promoted to the first division, the latter managing to do so after 74 years.
This was already the third date for the FTC-DVSC clash as it had originally been scheduled in the very 1st round in July, but was then rescheduled in April due to the international cup games.
Thanks to the club leadership’s initiative, fans were still ‘present’ at the game as 5,000 photos were placed on the stands.
Similarly, the Cup semifinals, MTK-Bp. Honvéd and Mezőkövesd-MOL Fehérvár, were also originally set to be played in April (while the final should have happened on May 20th). Here, tough games are awaited as both ended with a draw (0-0 and 1-1 respectively).
And the show goes on, with second legs in the Cup happening as early as tomorrow, while on Wednesday, TV spectators can watch Hungarian football’s fiercest rivalry as Újpest will receive Ferencváros, rescheduled twice, first because in February, Újpest’s ground had proved unsuitable for the clash. Next weekend, the OTP Bank League will pick up with the 26th round.
The main stand in MTK’s stadium during the cup game. Via MTK Ultras-Facebook
The championship is currently clearly led by Ferencváros, with Fehérvár 6 points behind, while the Hungarian Cup final is penciled in for June 3nd.
featured image via Tibor Illyés/MTI