- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: RED STAR BELGRADE WIN OVER PARTIZAN
- Date: 7th March 2001
- Summary: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA (MARCH 7, 2001) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) RED STAR BELGRADE 2 PARTIZAN BELGRADE 0 (PARTIZAN IN BLACK/WHITE) 1. SOCCER FANS ARRIVING AT THE RED STAR STADIUM 2. POLICEMAN SEARCHING SOCCER FANS 3. SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER, ZORAN DJINDJIC, ARRIVING TO THE STADIUM 4. WIDE SHOT OF RED STAR SUPPORTERS CHEERING, WAVING FLAGS 5. PARTIZAN SUPPORTERS CHEERING 6. CHANCE FOR PARTIZAN'S VLADIMIR IVIC (10) 7. PARTIZAN SUPPORTERS APPLAUDING 8. MIHAILO PJANOVIC (18) SCORES FOR RED STAR: 1-0 9. RED STAR SUPPORTERS WAVING FLAGS AND TORCHES 10. PLAYERS ARGUING 11. PAN SHOT OF RED STAR SUPPORTERS 12. NENAD LALATOVIC (20) SCORES FOR RED STAR: 2-0 13. PLAYERS CELEBRATE THEIR FANS 14. CHANCE FOR PARTIZAN'S ANDRIJA DELIBASIC (9) 15. PARTIZAN SUPPORTERS RIPPING OUT SEATS AND THROWING THEM ONTO PITCH 16. PARTIZAN SUPPORTERS LEAVING THE STADIUM 17. RED STAR PLAYERS THROWING THEIR JERSEYS TO THEIR FANS 18. PAN SHOT OF THE STADIUM Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Reuters ID: LVAECY6PXUUEHLZ9WSP8T1FDIK3X
- Story Text: Yugoslav champions Red Star Belgrade moved a step
closer to retaining their league title with a 2-0 win over
arch rivals Partizan in a tense derby played amid tight
security on Wednesday (March 7).
The result means that Red Star are four points clear
of Partizan at the top of the table, with local rivals Obilic
lying third a further six points adrift.
Hundreds of riot police were deployed in and around the
stadium to prevent clashes between rivals fans, who forced the
fixture to be abandoned last October when they invaded the
pitch, fought and attacked players.
Minor skirmishes broke out an hour before the replay when
small groups of rival fans pelted each other with bottles and
stones, forcing mounted police to move in and separate them.
Partizan fans ripped out dozens of seats a few minutes
before the final whistle and threw them onto the pitch, but
riot police did not intervene.
Partizan started on a brighter note and should have gone
ahead in the opening minutes, but Red Star's keeper Aleksandar
Kocic parried a blistering Vladimir Ivic shot and tipped
Andrija Delibasic's resultant header over the bar.
The hosts took the lead against the run of play in the
10th minute, when Mihajlo Pjanovic capitalised on a defensive
blunder by Aleksnadar Stanojevic and placed the ball over the
Partizan piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser
but Kocic was in superb form to deny Ivic and Delibasic on a
couple of occasions.
The visitors kept pushing forward after the interval but
to no great effect and Nenad Lalatovic sealed the game in the
72nd minute, when he blasted the ball home from close range
after Partizan's defence failed to clear a corner.
Red Star's coach Slavoljub Muslin said after the match he
was happier with the outcome than his team's performance.
"We won although this was one of our worst performances of
the season. We were edgy, but good teams win even when they
don't play well. The title race is still far from over," he
Captain Goran Bunjevcevic said: "We now have a clear lead
over our bitter rivals after defeating them in a head-to-head
clash. The championship is in our hands and we must be the
favourites to win it."
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