One kick beyond……

So we skipped a week.  A trip to the Balkans trumped a home game against Videoton.  MTK pulled something of a shock out of the bag drawing 1-1 and missing a last minute chance to win the thing.  Unfortunately, both Debrecen and Diosgyor won meaning MTK remain third bottom one point ahead of Diosgyor and two behind Debrecen.  My eyes are again creeping up at Mezokovesd (three points up) and hoping for an implosion as the D teams seem to have some form (they sit third and fourth in six game form table with MTK back in sixth).  To be honest, I think MTK are probably going down.  Five games left.  Three Budapest derbies, Diosgyor and Paks remain.

Football Street – imaginative

This week MTK travel to the end of the blue line to face Ujpest in the first of those three derbies.  The team with the second worst home record play against the team with the second worst away record (Gyirmot are worst in both categories) in a game that already has 0-0 written all over it.  MTK have only scored 8 goals from 13 away games with three of those coming in their only (glorious) away win at Disogyor.  It all seems a far cry from my first and only visit to watch MTK in Ujpest where the team run out comfortable 0-4 winners in a game that they dominated from start to finish.

Ujpest under their infamous Belgian owner Roland Duchâtelet (ask Charlton fans) have spent the season under a transfer embargo, but have plodded along pretty nicely and with five games left will have their eyes on great rival Ferencvaros and their fourth place spot, which could lead them to Europe (where they have banned from in recent history) if Vasas were to go on and win the Magyar Kupa.  But this is all hypothetical for the time being.

The Szusza Ferenc Stadium (aka Barbie’s House aka Ujpest’s home stadium) is a bit of a pain to get to to be honest.  I think it is because I have an underlying dislike of buses.  I can cope with trains, trams and metros, but as soon as it comes to buses, I get all flustered.  I think it is the limitless framework in which a bus operates.  It can go anywhere limited only by roads and the fuel in its tank.  Trains, trams and metros can go forward and back.  Sometimes Hungary’s metros cannot even go at all, but then their utility as a form of public transport ends.  Ok.  So I needed (or need – apologies with my tenses, I tend to get a bit muddled when pre-writing the first part of these posts) to get a bus from the end of the metro line to the stadium.  I considered riding my bike, but my bikes is currently without a chain reducing its utility as a bike.  Also I was in the mood for a beer and despite being legal to drink/ride, its legality has limited impact on the sheer danger of tearing down a dual carriageway whilst (half-)cut.*

The 1800 meant I was kicking my heels for much of the day.  The kickoff times in Hungary all jumped back 150 minutes once the clocks changed, which meant no more getting out of household chores by excusing myself shortly after lunch.  It did however make my street drinking selection of a bottle of Imperial Russian Stout slightly more acceptable (with its hefty 9% comparable to the ABV of beer that usually constitute a tramp’s preference).  The bus spat me out at what had previously been the away sector, but for some reason they have swapped the two ends of the stadium meaning that the home end is now the away end.  Fortunately, my MTK garb was nicely hidden and I just bounced past the lilac clad fiends without a care in the world and made it to the home/away sector with a good 10 minutes to spare.

Like most MTK games these days, the match was low on quality.  Petkovics continues the shine in goal and look an assured class above anyone else.  Best goalkeeper in the league?  Probably.  Still here next year? Um.  Ujpest dominated the ball, but MTK had the best chance in the first 30 with Kolomec completing a 60 yard surge by driving over when Torghelle was free for the square ball and tap in.  Yuri L  Young midfielder, Katona, then put his head on the line to prevent a likely goal.  As it was pointed out that Katona meant Soldier, everyone laughed in the way that people do when understanding a joke in a foreign language and laughing with the smugness of one’s own knowledge.  I do it too.  Shortly before the end of the half, Kanta swung a freekick towards Torghelle who was hauled down (I think) before dispatching the penalty to give MTK a slightly undeserved lead.  Ujpest hit the bar immediately on the restart but MTK went in ahead.

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Orban’s media machine

The second half saw Ujpest continue to dominate the ball albeit further up the pitch.  They did not seem to learn that swinging the ball in anywhere near the Montengiran keeper was not working as Petkovics continued to claim everything.  As the game moved past 80 minutes, it looked like MTK had successfully setup camp and Ujpest were running out of ideas to unzip the tent flap (or something).  The ref had different ideas and gave what looked like a very soft penalty as Vadnai and Ramos jumped with some player in purple.  Replays are inconclusive.  Bahrdi smashed home and that was the end of that.  Until MTK kicked off with a sense of urgency and attacking purpose not seen since the days of Garami.  One touch football at pace with width.  For six minutes, a new team was born.  A Vass Adam drilled shot was way off target, but subbed-on Hrepka Adam controlled with his first touch and drilled the ball towards goal on the turn with the second.  The world went into slow motion as the ball rolled into the corner.  We all knew it was in, but it seemed to take a minute for the ball to hit the back of the net.  Squeal.  I love a good squeal.  Hrepka Adam has form scoring the winner away at Gyor when all looked lost. 

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Unusually purple sky in Ujpest

MTK needed it.  Diosgyor won.  Debrecen lost and Mezokovesd lost.  Four teams.  One relegation position.  One point between them all.  Turns out teams level on points are separated by number of wins.  Bugger.  (Gyirmot are gone)

8

Mezőkövesd-Zsóry

29

9

8

12

-12

35

L L D W L

9

MTK

29

8

11

10

-7

35

W D D D W

10

Diósgyőr

29

10

4

15

-17

34

W W L W D

11

Debrecen

29

9

7

13

-4

34

L W D L W

12

Gyirmót

29

4

8

15

-27

20

L L D L L

MTK host Fradi (boo) next week in the first Orokrangado at the UHNS and MTK fifth consecutive home Orokrangado in a different stadium (Old HNS, Kispest, Vasas, Dunaujvaros, New HNS).    MTK (and me) have a pretty good home record against the IX Districters.  Winning the last five.  Plus ca change…

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