Serbian football returns full house

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Serbian football resumed behind closed doors on May 29 but there were no bar on the crowd number as defending champions Partizan beat neighbors Red Star 1-0 in the semi-finals at Stadion Partizana in Belgrade recently.

A near 25,000 capacity crowd watched Partizan move a step closer to a fifth successive Serbian Cup crown following Bibras Natcho’s 58th-minute winner at Stadion Partizana midweek.

Partizan head coach Savo Milosevic hailed the club’s supporters after almost a humongous crowd turned up to watch the Serbian Cup holders upstage bitter rivals Red Star Belgrade in these times of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I thank the fans for their fantastic support and it was great to grind out this win in front of a full house,” Milosevic said.

“Having that kind of support was absolutely imperative today. It was great to see a near-capacity crowd after such a long barren spell,” he added.

After few fans watched Red Star rout Radnik Surdulica 4-1 on Saturday, a full house greeted Dejan Stankovic’s men in the Serbian capital.

Milosevic, who was appointed last year and claimed the Serbian Cup in his first season, added: “I think we did pretty well in a very tough match and reaffirmed that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

“It was tense, tempers flared here and there but no one crossed any lines and credit to Red Star too for their sportsmanlike behavior,” Milosevic added.

Seven-time champions Partizan will face Vojvodina in the final on June 24.

While football is returning to normal in Serbia, the game is only just restarting across Europe and the big five leagues.

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