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Tokmac’s Second Half Goal Sends Ferencvaros FC Into European Champions League 3rd Stage Qualification Round

Tokmac Chol Nguen during a League game. Photo: Courtesy

Ferencvaros TC and South Sudan/ese/Norwgrian forward Tokmac Nguen Chol was the hero of the night as his 75th minute goal kept the hopes of his team in the champions league qualifying rounds alive. 

Tokmac Nguen’s breakaway goal snatched victory for Ferencvaros and ensured Celtic’s worst performance in the competition since Artmedia Bratislava knocked them out in 2005.

The South Sudanese/Norwegian utility forward has so far scored three goals in a Champions league qualification for the hungarian league champions Ferencvaros. Nguen who is eligible to play for both the Norway and South Sudan national teams, is yet to make up his mind of which national team to play for. 

It should be noted that the South Sudan national team coach Ashu Besong Cyprian had called the player (Tokmac) to the South Sudan National team games of the 2021 group qualifiers against Burkina Faso and the World Cup Qualifiers game against Equatorial Guinea, however he could not turn up for the call.   

Ferencvaros head coach Sergei Rebrov had sacrificed striker Franck Boli from their 2-0 win over Djurgardens in the previous round, but his side were not intent on sitting back and replacement Siger made an instant impact.

Hatem Abd Elhamed was posted missing as Nguen, who scored a double against the Swedes, broke quickly and fed midfielder Somalia to win a corner. When it reached Siger, the midfielder was allowed too much time to pick out the far corner from 18 yards.

Ferencvaros’ lack of match fitness began to tell as they defended ever deeper and Celtic peppered their goal with shots but they were efforts that failed to seriously trouble the visiting keeper.

Half-time allowed the Hungarians some respite, but the flow of possession continued after the break and a lovely spell of passing around the edge of the visitors’ box ended with Christie’s side-footed effort clipping a defender’s head and soaring over goalkeeper Dibusz.

Ferencvaros have shown in recent European fixtures they are hard to beat away from home – they are now eight unbeaten – but Celtic have lost at home to a side who probably lack the quality to progress much further in the Champions League.

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