Debreceni VSC have reclaimed the Hungarian championship on the final day of the season after Újpesti TE were beaten in dramatic circumstances.
Debreceni VSC have reclaimed the Hungarian championship on the final day after Újpesti TE were beaten in dramatic circumstances.
Újpest, leaders at the start of the day, surrendered a one-goal advantage against visitors FC Fehérvár to lose 3-1, and also had two men sent off. Péter Rajczi and Norbert Tóth were shown red cards in the 42nd and 80th minutes respectively. Újpest had taken the lead with ten men through Tibor Tisza just after the hour mark but Fehérvár scored three times in the final 21 minutes through Csaba Csizmadia, Daniel Nagy and Ferenc Horváth.
It meant Debrecen were able to leapfrog the long-time leaders at the final hurdle, moving three points clear with a comfortable 4-1 home victory against FC Lombard Pápa, the goals coming from Tamas Sándor, Bojan Brnovic, Péter Halmosi and Igor Bogdanovic. It is their second consecutive title success and means they will again enter the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, while Újpest must be content with a place in the UEFA Cup first round.