Everton killed a Mladost-player (i.e. kicked him to the ground brutally) already in the 8th minute. It was rough, it was the action of a true jerk. I hope Everton said a prayer for not getting a yellow card right there... Afterwards there was a questionnable situation, Đurđić fell to the ground inside Mladost’s penalty area. All slow motion replays from all camera angles showed Mladost’s defender deliberately pushing Đurđić, but the referee didn’t whistle. (Not much later Đurđević fell to the ground inside Mladost’s penalty area the same way, the referee’s whistle kept silent again.)
Leonardo tried to shake up the sleepy atmosphere in the 19th minute. We got a free kick, about 17-18 metres from the box. The Brazilian shot, it flew to the target, the goalkeeper had a great save.
We controlled the game, we possessed the ball, Mladost got stuck on their half, but all that was happening was just some passing-around lvl 5th league veterans. Jevtović had an attempt in the 22nd minute, it was too high. (But at least something happened...) In the 26th minute someone headed Janković’s free kick to the box, but it was way too high, while Jevtović got injured in the goalmouth scramble. He got medical attendance, but it took too long... Finally he got a bandage on his head and was taken off the pitch. (Saša Ilić substituted him.)
Later mozzartsport.com informed that Jevtović had to be taken to Vojnomedicinska Akademija to get professional treatment. He got a plaster on his injury, then he could leave the hospital. He is doing fine, thank you very much, but he will surely not be able to play for a while.
Other than this the game was such a boredom that Average Fan was rather browsing the news instead... In the 34th minute Leonardo shot from a sharp angle. It was a weak shot, the goalkeeper easily caught it. In the 38th minute we had another weak attempt, the goalkeeper again caught it. Yaaaawn... 40th minute, now Janković had a try, again the goalkeeper saved. Meanwhile it started to rain, players sleepily passed the ball around, sometimes we had a semi-serious attempt. Mladost got stuck at their half and they didn’t really want to break out.
Leonardo got fed up with this fumbling in the 45th minute. He shot a fantastic goal from a 17-metre free kick. The goalkeeper was just watching. 1:0
Đurđić had a fantastic, bicycle kick attempt in the very last minute, but it was too high.
There’s nothing much to mention about the beginning of the second half. Both teams had one weak attempt, then all of a sudden Mladost got a penalty in the 56th minute.
I swear I didn’t see what happened. ArenaSport played it in slow motion quite a few times, but even the commentator sounded perplexed. Đurđić was supposed to do something (maybe he played handball?...) - I’m just guessing, as Đurđić got a yellow card right after the whistle. If anybody knows what actually happened, write it to the comment box, thanks in advance.
Nevertheless Bojović put the ball to the penalty spot, shot and scored. 1:1
We took back the lead in the 60th minute. Đurđević scored an fantastic and cheeky goal, passing the ball above the goalkeeper. It was that kind of goal that makes every true football fan scream from amazement. It happened after a Mladost goal-kick. Đurđić grabbed the ball at the half-line and passed it ahead to Đurđević. Đurđević ran up and kicked the ball into the box, above the shocked goalkeeper. 2:1
Mladost had their biggest chance in the 62nd minute. Pejović headed the ball after a free kick, it was just a little bit too wide.
Mladost’s defenders fell asleep in the 67th minute. Leonardo took advantage and quickly grabbed the ball. He passed it to Bojinov, who just joined the game as a substitute. And this sloth was lucky enough to score a goal right from the first ball-touch. 3:1
Mladost had a thin chance in the 69th minute, but Kljajić interrupted. Afterwards not much happened. Bojinov nevertheless - better to be safe than sorry - missed out two attempts. Leonardo also had one, he too missed it out.
Venue: Partizan Stadion, Belgrade
Number of spectators: 3000
Official: Aleksandar Vasić (assistants: Matija Olajos-Nagy, Attila Harmat - 4th official: Zoran Široki)
FK Partizan: Kljajić, Vulićević, Balažic, Milenković, Miletić, Everton, Jevtović (S. Ilić, 31.), Leonardo, Janković, Đurđević (Kosović, 76.), Đurđić (Bojinov, 62.)
Head coach: Marko Nikolić
Mladost: Krznarić, Pešić, Šatara, Milošević, Saničanin (Tumbasević, 61.), Protić, Pejović, Radivojević (Simić, 83.), Jovanović, Milosavljević (Odita, 67.), Bojović
Head coach: Nenad Milovanović
Goal scorers: Leonardo (45.), Bojović (56. - pen.), Đurđević (60.), Bojinov (67.)
Yellow card: Krznarić (51.), Šatara (54.), Đurđić (56.), Pešić (81.)
Current championship standings:
1. CZ 28 points
2. Vojvodina 26 points
3. FK Partizan 22 points
4. Radnički Niš 20 points
5. Napredak 19 points
6. Mladost 18 points
7. Spartak Subotica 16 points
8. Rad 15 points
9. Metalac 14 points
10. FK Voždovac 14 points
11. Novi Pazar 11 points
12. OFK Bačka 10 points
13. Radnik 9 points
14. Javor 9 points
15. Čukarički 7 points
16. Borac 7 points