But, as they always say at this point, let’s not run ahead, let’s see everything in chronological order.
Better that way, believe me.
The match started with a moment of silence, remembering Radisav Rabrenović, Vojvodina’s former secretary general, who passed away a few days ago.
At the very beginning the fans of the two teams tried to overshout each other. Then in the 4th minute Vojvodina’s midfielder Ivanić got the ball and ran up on the left side. His pass to the middle ended as a corner. The corner kick was punched out by Živko Živković. Another corner kick. The referee ended the attempt, because Peković attacked Živko Živković. Two minutes later we got a free kick, about 30 metres from the goal line. Babović kicked it to the middle, Fabricio headed it to the goal line. It was dangerous, goalkeeper Žakula caught it.
Then in the 7th minute Ivanić grabbed the ball that was lost by us. He immediately attacked our goal and shot. Živko Živković had a great save, but he couldn’t catch the ball. It dropped far away, Ivanić jumped up and ran after it, and finally he pushed it into the net. 1:0
In the 13th minute Vojvodina got a free kick, almost at the left sideline. Stanisavljević stood behind the ball. He kicked...
...and scored. That’s what is called "indefensible bomb shot". 2:0
2:0. It is 2:0 and we haven’t even passed the first 15 minutes. Ice shower. Something must be done, urgently.
Partizan started to attack. In the 16th minute we got a free kick, 17-18 metres from the goal line, on the right. Babović stood behind the ball, he shot, but it was too wide. In the 20th minute Brašanac got the ball on the left. He passed it to the middle, Bojinov was waiting for it there, but Vojvodina’s goalkeeper was faster and caught the ball.
We were attacking, we were pressuring, we didn’t stop even for a minute. Yet Vojvodina resisted. We could barely make it to the goal line. Fans were chanting "Lopovi, lopovi" (Thieves, thieves).
In the 31st minute Petrović sent the ball to Andrija Živković in the middle. Živković headed it to the goal line, but it was too high. And to make Average Fan’s nerves even more scattered, ArenaSport again (or still) had serious problems. The video image disappeared time after time, in the most impossible moments. In better cases we still had audio, but sometimes even that was lost. It was especially nerve-racking, when in the 34th minute Vojvodina got a free kick
the referee decided that Fabricio pushed their player to the ground
then the video disappeared in thin air. At this point we still had audio though, so we could hear that the chance was missed. Then, when we could see again what was going on in the Novi Sad stadium, the referee was just rubbing the yellow card under Bojinov’s nose (as I got to know later, he was complaining for the referee’s previous judgement). Here the match started to turn into chaotic. The referee generously gave out yellow cards
he gave out 5 in the first half
and the end was still far...
In the 39th minute Aboubakar got a great pass from Brašanac. The Cameroonian player ran up to Vojvodina’s penalty area, then shot with a fantastic movement and scored. GOOOAAAL!!! 2:1
In the 41st minute we got a free kick 25 metres from the goal line. Andrija Živković shot, the goalkeeper caught it. In the 43rd minute Vojvodina got a free kick 30 metres from the goal. Ivanić kicked, the ball flew out of the field above the crossbar.
In the second half, at the 50th minute we could have equalized... Andrija Živković made a huge solo and passed to Bojinov in the middle. Bojinov shot, and even scored, but the referee invalidated the goal, as he said, it was scored from offside. Two minutes later we got a free kick, about 25 metres from the goal line, on the right. Andrija Živković shot, Bojinov pushed it with his head, but it was too wide.
In the 55th minute Ivanić got the ball and shot from the middle. Živko Živković had a great save.
It happened more than often that a Vojvodina-player could sneak up unnoticed among our defenders. He was always found by his teammates and was given the ball immediately to be able to attack. At these moments the home player always run up for a goal attempt, followed by usually only one defender. At some moments only the Heavenly Forces saved us from getting even more goals.
In the 58th minute Brašanac was pushed from two sides by Vojvodina-defenders. After the clash Partizan’s player stayed laying on the ground. When he stood up, his face was covered with blood. Needless to say, the referee didn’t whistle. A minute later Stanisavljević shot from distance, all of a sudden. Thankfully it was too wide.
And again, fans chanted "Lopovi, lopovi".
In the 62nd minute Ožegović got the mall from the middle. He was standing there all alone, nobody bothered him. He just had to walk into our net. He did it. 3:1. Unbelievable.
In the 67th minute we got a free kick, 25 metres from the goal line, on the right. Fabricio stood behind the ball. He sent a flat, powerful shot to the goal. Žakula saved, but he lost the ball. Aboubakar jumped out of the blue and kicked the ball into the net with a calm movement. 3:2
ArenaSport’s broadcast line constantly had a hiccup... All we could see was that Vojvodina got a corner (or a free kick?), nevertheless someone kicked the ball to our goalmouth. Defenders cleared, but Vojvodina still possessed the ball. Finally Đurić got it, he shot, but it was too high.
Then the referee sent off Brašanac in the 72nd minute. Second yellow card. Brašanac walked off the field without a word.
The pace slowed down. Vojvodina was playing for time. The broadcast got worse and worse, at a point it had a longer interruption with the usual error message. In the 75th minute Babović was dribbling inside the opponent’s penalty area. He shot, but it was too high.
In the 82nd minute Aboubakar was brutally pushed to the ground. The referee didn’t bother, he just let Vojvodina attack ahead.
By the way, dear Vojvodina-players, at such moments you should kick the ball out of the field, so that the injured player can get medical assistance. Just sayin’.
In the 83rd minute Ožegović ran up to our penalty area, followed by again just one defender, Balažic. The Slovenian finally tackled Ožegović with an elegant movement.
The referee looked as if he wanted to be the main character of the match. (His attempt was more or less successful. I hope he is satisfied now.) He gave out a huge number of yellow cards, he still didn’t bother about Partizan-players being kicked to the ground, but if any of our players made any suspicious movement, he immediately whistled.
Then in the 86th minute Paločević missed out the biggest chance of the match. He got the ball from Ivanić in the middle. Živko Živković ran out, our goalmouth was totally empty. Paločević shot - it was too high. A minute later we could see the same scene, now with Ožegović, shooting next to Živko Živković, who ran out again. It was too high, again, thankfully.
In the 90+2nd minute Aboubakar was dribbling on the right side. He tricked all Vojvodina-defenders and passed the ball to Ninković. Ninković shot, the goalkeeper saved.
For the very last minutes there was a Partizan-corner left as well as another red card. Đurić got it after his second yellow card.
Gee, if that will not end up in a huge gambling scandal, I’ll eat my cap.
Venue: Karađorđe Stadion, Novi Sad
Number of spectators: 10 000
Referee: Bojan Nikolić (assistants: Vladimir Jovanović, Marko Dimitrijević - 4th assistant: Slobodan Pavlović - goal line assistants: Srđan Jovanović, Milorad Milićević)
Vojvodina: Žakula - Vasilić, Pekarić (Pankov, 33.), Đurić, Nastić - Sekulić, Maksimović - Stanisavljević, Ivanić, Puškarić (Paločević, 75.) - Ožegović (Babić, 89.)
Head coach: Zlatomir Zagorčić
FK Partizan: Ž. Živković - Vulićević, Balažic, Fabricio, N. Petrović - Jevtović, Babović, Brašanac - A. Živković (Ninković, 78.), Bojinov (S. Ilić, 66.), Aboubakar
Head coach: Zoran Milinković
Goal scorers: Ivanić (8.), Stanisavljević (13.), Aboubakar (39.), Ožegović (62.), Aboubakar (67.)
Yellow card: Fabricio (34.), Bojinov (35.), Puškarić (41.), Brašanac (42.), Jevtović (42.), Nastić (51.), Ožegović (74.), Žakula (80.), Pekarić (84., on the bench)
Red card: Brašanac (72.), Đurić (90+3.), both for second yellow card
Current championship standings:
1. Javor 12 points
2. Crvena Zvezda 11 points
3. Vojvodina 10 points
4. Partizan 9 points
5. Borac 9 points
6. Radnički Niš 8 points
7. Novi Pazar 8 points
8. Čukarički 7 points
9. Rad 7 points
10. OFK Beograd 6 points
11. Spartak Zlatibor Voda 5 points
12. Surdulica 5 points
13. Metalac 5 points
14. Mladost 4 points
15. FK Voždovac 4 points
16. Jagodina 1 point