rumours speak about "mutual termination of the contract" - I wonder how much it was "mutual"...
and they immediately found the next one to sit on the bench: Partizan’s former player, Ljubinko Drulović.
He was immediately thrown into deep water: domestic league match just 3 days after the appointment with a crashed team, and next week there is an EL-match waiting for him.
Drulović started with throwing Babović out of the team and gave the captain’s armbad to Brašanac.
I want it to be like this in the future, too.
Then the team walked out to the field to clash with Javor.
In the 4th minute Andrija Živković got the ball from Brašanac and sent a shot right there to the goal line. The shot was flat and weak, the goalkeeper easily caught it. In the 8th minute Bojinov shot the ball to the middle from the left, it caused no pain either for Đogatović.
But in the 10th minute Average Fan got at least a handful of new grey hair.
Ostojić was possessing the ball at the back. He wanted to pass it to Fabricio at the other side of the field. Javor’s striker, Dražić was sneaking around, he jumped there, grabbed the ball and ran up to the goal line. Fabricio was running behind him desperately, but it was all in vain. Dražić shot the ball into the net, Živko Živković had absolutely no chance. 0:1
Then, as misfortunes never come alone, in the 15th minute Brašanac got injured. It was so serious that he had to come off.
Ninković substituted him, he got the captain’s armband as well.
In the 16th minute it was him who passed the ball to Andrija Živković. Živković was dribbling on the right side for a while, then sent the ball to Bojinov in the middle. Bojinov shot, it was too high.
It was visible that the sudden goal shocked Partizan. The team struggled, while Javor seemed to be heartened up. In the 18th minute Ninković possessed the ball. He kicked it to Andrija Živković, he shot from the penalty area line, the goalkeeper saved. Two minutes later Grbić ran up on the left side, but he was dribbling too long, finally he was tackled.
In the 21st minute Eliomar (or maybe Ajuru, I’m not sure) shot from the distance, but the ball almost flew out of the stadium. A minute later Andrija Živković ran up on the left and passed to Lukić.
Lukić kicked it ahead to Bojinov, it was a HUGE chance, Bojinov shot from the goalmouth, Javor’s goalkeeper had an even more huge save.
In the 27th minute Grbić had an attempt, he shot from the distance in the middle, but the goalkeeper caught it.
Two minutes later Vulićević was dribbling on the right and passed to Andrija Živković. Žile kicked the ball to the middle, it ended in a corner kick
while the Bulgarian striker was just watching in amazement from the shadow of a defender
Ninković shot the corner kick into the penalty area. It caused a great goalmouth scramble, then Ostojić took the chance, took advantage of the scramble and shot the ball into the net. 1:1
Javor immediately started a counter-attack. It was dangerous, almost this screaming/heart attack type, finally Vulićević and Fabricio inactivated Javor’s attacker.
In the 33rd minute Grbić got the ball and passed it to the middle. Javor’s goalkeper picked the ball just one moment earlier than Bojinov’s arrival there.
Then in the 36th minute Andrija Živković got a pass on the right side. He was dribbling and dribbling, then he looked up at the penalty area line, shot and scored a giant goal. 2:1, ole ole ole!
Hey, people! This team was FIGHTING! They WANTED to win! Okay, it was still not this good old "I put my heart, my soul and my lungs out to the field" kind, but there is improvement, definitely. And that’s GOOD! VERY GOOD!
Please, keep it up!!!!
Until the end of the first half the only things that happened left were the clash of Lukić and a Javor-player, which was so hard that the latter one had to be taken off the field with the small electric trolly. While another Javor-player dribbled around Bojinov, tricking the hell out of the Bulgarian.
He literally came round Bojinov, hiding the ball from the Bulgarian for the whole time, while Bojinov could hardly follow him. Eventually the guest team player ran away with the ball and a victorious smirk on his face.
At the very end Gafurov had a try, he was dribbling on the right side, finally he shot the ball on the side net.
The pace slowed down for the second half. Javor-players seemingly made fun of Bojinov constantly tackling him, making Bulgarian fall on the ground every time. The guests tried to make some attack, without much success. In the 60th minute we got a free kick, about 25 metres from the goal line. Fabricio stood behind the ball, he made his usual flat shot, but the ball rolled out of the field. Goal-kick - but Bojinov stole the ball from Javor’s defenders. He shot it to the middle, but a defender, who ran back right there, was quicker than Lukić (if I could see well). They ran up for a counter-attack on the left side, up to our goalmouth. The pass arrived to the middle, but Živko Živković arrived with fantastic timing, just one step earlier than the attacker of Javor.
In the 63rd minute Grbić was kicked to the ground inside Javor’s penalty area. Penalty kick, it was clear-cut. At the same time the referee showed the red card to Gajić, who kicked Grbić. It was his second yellow card, Gajić immediately had to leave the field.
Andrija Živković stood behind the ball.
He ran up, shot... and Đogatović was extremely lucky tonight. He saved it.
In the 67th minute Nemanja Petrović sent an excellent pass to Bojinov at Javor’s penalty area. The Bulgarian thanked it, then rushed up to the goalmouth of Javor and ruthlessly kicked the ball into the net. 3:1
In the 71st minute Vulićević was dribbling on the right and passed to Andrija Živković in the middle. Žile shot from the penalty area line, but it was too high.
Two minutes later we made a counter-attack. Grbić ran up on the left and shot, but it ended in a corner kick.
Then Lukić also had to be taken off with the electric trolly to get medical attendance, but Lukić came back to the field after two minutes, because he is a hero. Javor almost scored a goal, well, actually they indeed scored in the 89th minute, but the referee invalidated it, because the goal scoring player was on offside. We were already in the extra time, Partizan-players passed the ball to each other as if it was some leasure time, fans were singing with enthusiasm, when Kolaković stole the ball, ran up and shot from 25 metres. He scored. 3:2
But it doesn’t matter. We won. And that’s what matters.
Venue: Partizan Stadion, Belgrade
Number of spectators: 5000
Referee: Srđan Obradović (assistants: Milan Minić, Ivica Stojanović - 4th assistant: Goran Stanojević - goal line assistants: Dejan Anđelković, Dalibor Manojlović)
FK Partizan: Ž. Živković - Vulićević, Ostojić, Fabricio, Subić - Jevtović (N. Petrović, 49.), Lukić - A. Živković, Brašanac (Ninković, 15.), Grbić - Bojinov (Šaponjić, 73.)
Head coach: Ljubinko Drulović
FK Javor: Đogatović - Gajić, Miletić, Crnomarković, Kolaković - Ajuru (Švonja, 74.), Dočić - Đokić, Gafurov (Čečević, 69.), Eliomar (Josović, 84.) - Dražić
Head coach: Aleksandar Janjić
Goal scorers: Dražić (10.),Ostojić (29.), A. Živković (36.), Bojinov (67.), Kolaković (90+2.)
Yellow card: Bojinov (32.), Grbić (37.), Gajić (38.)
Red card: Gajić (62.), second yellow card
Current championship standings:
1. CZ 35 points*
2. Borac 27 points
3. Partizan 24 points
4. Javor 23 points
5. Čukarički 22 points
6. Radnički Niš 22 points
7. Vojvodina 20 points*
8. Novi Pazar 19 points
9. FK Voždovac 17 points
10. Mladost 16 points
11. Metalac 15 points
12. Rad 13 points
14. Spartak Zlatibor Voda 11 points
15. Surdulica 11 points
16. Jagodina 10 points
Teams marked with * played only 13 matches so far.