Basement club Békéscsaba’s difficult season back in NBI after promotion last year continued as second-placed Debrecen’s ruthless second-half display saw them put six past Zoran Spilsjak’s side in an overall 7-0 victory. The half-time scoreline had only seen the away team in arrears to the tune of one goal from Debrecen’s Tamás Kulcsár, but goals from Kulcsár again, Ibrahim Sidibé, Norbert Balogh, Tibor Tisza, László Zsidai and an Ilizi own goal resulted in Békéscsaba’s worst defeat of the 20th century, their task not being helped by Tamás Vaskó’s dismissal in the 70th minute.
Another team struggling is Újpest FC and they lost again, this time to Paks midfielder Lajos Bertus’ 70th-minute goal, his third strike of 2015, two of which have been winning goals against the team from Budapest. Paks have now risen to a heady third place in the NBI table while Újpest have now gone nine matches without a win and lie in 9th place, one point ahead of Puskás Akadémia who are 10th, just outside the relegation zone which is occupied by Vasas and Békéscsaba.
It is Szombathelyi Haladás who slip from second spot due to their 3-1 loss at runaway leaders Ferencváros, Patrik Nagy’s goal on 59 minutes giving Géza Mészöly’s team hope after Stanislav Sesták and Roland Varga had put Fradi 2-0 up, but Cristian Ramirez slotted in a third goal from 12 metres to secure an 11th win from 12 matches for Hungary’s most successful club and give them a huge 15-point lead over the chasing pack.
In contrast, another team from Budapest with challenges to overcome is Vasas SC who suffered their fifth defeat by a single-goal margin in seven matches due to Patrik Bacsa’s 70-minute winner for Diosgyőri VTK. They could have salvaged a point, however, had Remili Mohamed’s 80th-minute penalty not been saved by DVTK goalkeeper Ivan Radoš. Diosgyőr have now gained 11 points in their last six games having only garnered four in their first half a dozen fixtures. As such, their recent form is only bettered by Ferencváros and MTK. The latter posted another impressive win on the road by defeating Puskás Akadémia 3-2 in Felcsút, two from József Kanta including a penalty and a Barnabás Bese strike proving too much for Robert Jarni’s team, for whom László Lence scored twice including a spotkick of his own.
The final match of the round saw last season’s champions Videoton dispatch Budapesti Honvéd 3-0 in their first match under new head coach Ferenc Horváth, Ádám Gyurcsó scoring his fifth goal in four games between strikes from Róbert Feczesin, his first in 12 matches, and Roland Juhász. Honvéd, meanwhile, suffered their heaviest defeat since a 4-0 defeat by Debrecen in October 2014. Vidi now rise to 7th place, level on points with Diosgyőr and just one behind Honvéd in sixth.
Next week’s 13th round of fixtures sees two Budapest derbies take place in the form of MTK v Honvéd and Újpest v Vasas while the capital city’s fifth reperesentative Ferencváros travel to Miskolc to take on Diosgyőr. Elsewhere, Haladás host Videoton, Paks travel to Békéscsaba and Puskás Akadémia entertain high-flying Debrecen at the Pancho Aréna.