OSC Budapest finally played its first game in the 2020/21 Hungarian League. OSC, one of the title contenders, demolished last-placed Tatabanya 18:3 in the match of the 8th round.
Many of the Hungarian clubs have had problems with coronavirus in the past two months. OSC didn’t play in the first round of the League because its opponent had positive players. Before the 2nd round, on September 2, OSC reported ten COVID-19 cases at the club. The whole team was quarantined for 14 days. In some cases, the virus caused severe illness (one player was hospitalized, while the other was recovering from pneumonia at home). OSC withdrew from the Final Four of the Hungarian Cup. After two weeks in quarantine and a recovery period, OSC managed to get back into shape.
Besides the match in Tatabanya, two games of the 8th round were played on October 7. Vasas defeated PVSK 16:10, while an encounter between Debrecen and Szeged ended with no winner (9:9).
Szolnok and BVSC faced off in the postponed match of Day 2. Szolnok won three points in a very exciting encounter – 13:12. One of the heroes was Szolnok goalkeeper Mark Banyai.
On Thursday, Eger defeated UVSE 11:8 in the 5th match of the 8th round.
Tatabanya-OSC 3:18 (0:4, 1:5, 1:4, 1:5)
Tatabanya: Korban 2, Szoke Benedek 1.
OSC Budapest: K. Manhercz 5, E. Csacsovszky 3, Varnai 3, Salamon 3, D. Dala 2, Harai 1, Sziladi 1.
PVSK – Vasas 10:16 (1:5, 3:3, 3:6, 3:2)
PVSK: Koloszi 3, Zerinvary 2, Lihotzky 2, Csorba 1, Csaba 1, Gaszt 1.
Vasas: Batori 4, Randjelovic 3, Szatmari 3, Korbacs 2, Brguljan 1, Takacs 1, Vadovics 1, Pardi 1.
Debrecen – Szeged 9:9 (1:3, 2:0, 4:3, 2:3).
Debrecen: P. Macsi 4, Suveges 2, Stefanidesz 1, Zsilak 1, N. Nagy 1.
Szeged: Kurti 3, Cs. Kiss 1, Horvath 1, Santa 1, T.Boros 1, Somlai 1, Baj 1.
Played on October 8
UVSE-Eger 8:11 (1:3, 1:1, 2:4, 4:3)
UVSE: Vin. Vigvari 3, E. Molnar 2, R. Bencz 1, Seeler 1, Cs. Hegedus 1.
Eger: B. Torok 3, B. Lorincz 2, B.Baksa 2, Murisic 2, Santavy 1, Gab. Kovacs 1.
Szentes – Ferencvaros
Honved – Szolnok
BVSC – Kaposvar
Daniel Varga debuted as OSC head coach in the Hungarian League today. But, this wasn’t Varga’s first official match on OSC’s bench. His team recorded ten wins in as many games in the Hungarian Cup in July and August.
OSC players were eager to play and demolished Tatabanya. Krisztian Manhercz topped the scorers’ list with five goals. Two OSC players who had severe problems (Kristof Toth and Gergo Burian) missed the match in Tatabanya. But, as Daniel Varga told the Hungarian website vlv.hu, the two recover much faster than expected. Still, they aren’t able to train and play yet.
Vasas recorded its fourth win in the league. The former European champion defeated PVSK in Pecs. The visitors built an early 4-goal lead (4:0). In the second quarter, Vasas went 6:1 up. PVSK was climbing back from time to time, but the visitors’ victory wasn’t in danger.
Debrecen and Szeged shared the points after a hard battle. There were a lot of twists and turns in this encounter. Debrecen entered the final quarter with a slim 7:6 lead. The visiting side opened the fourth period with a penalty shot goal for 7:7. In the middle of the quarter, Debrecen retook an advantage(8:7). After that, Szeged’s Peter Kurti Dominik scored two goals and put the visiting team in front – 9:8 with 80 seconds to go. Five seconds before the end, Patrik Macsi converted a man-up. Match ended in a 9:9 draw, and Debrecen won its first point in the new season.
Eger’s excellent defense was a crucial factor in their win over UVSE in Budapest. By the middle of the third quarter, Eger built a 6:2 advantage and UVSE couldn’t come back. Early in the fourth quarter, Eger extended the gap to six (10:4) and then slowed down since the three points were already secured at that moment.
Szolnok – BVSC 13:12 (3:4, 4:2, 2:2, 4:4)
Szolnok: Angyal 4, Filipovic 3, Konarik 2, D. Jansik 1, A. Nagy 1, Schmolcz 1, Szeghalmi 1.
BVSC:. Pasztor 3,M. Nagy 2, Gyarfas 2, P. Kovacs 1, Cs. Meszaros 1., Csapo 1, Czigany 1, Sugar 1.
Szolnok and BVSC faced off for the fourth time this season. Szolnok won all of the previous three games. After two close matches in the first and the second rounds of the Hungarian Cup (9:7 and 12:11), Szolnok easily beat BVSC in the Hungarian Cup semifinals (10:5) eleven days ago.
But, Szolnok couldn’t repeat the convincing win. BVSC proved that it had a good team that could be equal with the favorites.
BVSC opened the match with a 2:0 lead. Szolnok responded with three goals for 3:2. Then came BVSC’s series of three goals and the visitors re-built a 2-goal advantage (5:3). Szolnok’s answer was a 4:0 series for a 7:5 lead. BVSC leveled the score in the 18th minute. Three minutes before the last break, Filip Filipovic gave Szolnok a new lead (8:7). From that point on, the sides fought a balanced battle. Szolnok was earning a minimal lead. But, after each Szolnok’s goal, BVSC equalized. Two minutes before the final buzzer, the visitors caught the rival for the last time (12:12).
Just 36 seconds before the end, Daniel Angyal found the net for 13:12. BVSC still had a chance to earn a point. Three seconds before the final buzzer, BVSC forced a penalty shot. Tamas Gyarfas took the responsibility. But, Szolnok goalkeeper Mark Banyai blocked Gyarfas’s shot, saved his net, and all three points for the home team. Banyai replaced an experienced Szolnok goalie Viktor Nagy who missed today’s match.
1. Eger 6 – 16
2. Szolnok 5 – 15
3. UVSE 6 – 13
4. Ferencvaros 4 – 12
5. Vasas 5 – 12
6. PVSK 6 – 11
7. Honved 5 – 9
8. BVSC 5 – 7
9. Szeged 5 – 4
10. Szentes 4 – 4
11. OSC Budapest 1 – 3
12. Miskolc 2 – 3
13. Debrecen 7 – 1
14. Kaposvar 1 – 0
15. KSI 5 – 0
16. Tatabanya 7 – 0
(UPDATED, October 8, 20:00 CET)