Ferencvaros turn defeat into victory following Hamrun’s early lead

Ferencvaros came from behind to beat Hamrun Spartans 2-1 in the second leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round at the Groupama Arena in Budapest on Thursday as the Hungarian champions qualify with a 8-2 aggregate score following the 6-1 win in the first leg.

In the play-off round, Ferencvaros will be facing FK Žalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania who were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round by BK Häcken of Sweden with a 8-1 aggregate score.

The Spartans, on the other hand, exit European football following the elimination at the hands of Maccabi Haifa in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round and the back-to-back wins over Dinamo Tbilisi in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Hamrun Spartans took the lead on the 6th minute when off a cross from the left by Luke Montebello, Joseph Mbong beat goalkeeper Varga with a fine first-time effort from close range.  

Ferencváros levelled matters three minutes from the end of the first half when Siger sent Varga through on the right and off the latter’s cross, Adama Traore headed the ball home past goalkeeper Marchetti.

Eight minutes in the second half, Ferencvaros were unlucky to hit the crossbar with a fine David Siger effort.

However, on the 69th, Ferencvaros were not to be denied when off an assist by Marquinhos from the left, Barnabas Varga flicked the ball past the Hamrun goalkeeper from close range.

Marchetti came to the rescue for Hamrun deflecting an Abu Fani freekick onto the crossbar and into a corner on the 72nd minute.

FERENCVAROS Adam Varga, Mats Knoester (74′ Myenty Abena), Tokmac Nguen (61′ Marquinhos), Mohammad Abu Fani (81′ Amer Gojak), Kristoffer Zachariassen, David Sigér, Barnabas Varga, Adama Traoré (61′ Krisztian Lisztes), Lorand Pászka, Ibrahim Cissé, Henry Wingo (46′ Eldar Civic).

HAMRUN Federico Marchetti, Luke Montebello (63′ Jonny), Joseph Mbong (38′ Ryan Camenzuli), Elionay (80′ Shaisen Attard), Yuliyan Nenov (63′ Eder), Ognjen Bjeličić, Juan Corbolan, Seth Paintsil (80′ Steve Borg), Nemanja Krstić, Karlo Bilić, Emerson Marcelina.

Referee: Georgi Davidov BUL
Assistant referees: Martin Venev, Petar Velizarov Mitrev BUL
Fourth official: Georgi Ginchev BUL