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Sutjeska hope to hold off Budućnost in Montenegro

Published: Thursday 30 May 2013, 9.54CET
Having had a 12-point lead cut to two in the space of six games, FK Sutjeska must win to hold off FK Budućnost Podgorica and clinch their first title in a dramatic finish on Saturday.
by Aleksandar Radović
from Podgorica
Sutjeska hope to hold off Budućnost in Montenegro
One of Sutjeska (in all white) or Budućnost will be celebrating on Saturday ©Vijesti
Published: Thursday 30 May 2013, 9.54CET

Sutjeska hope to hold off Budućnost in Montenegro

Having had a 12-point lead cut to two in the space of six games, FK Sutjeska must win to hold off FK Budućnost Podgorica and clinch their first title in a dramatic finish on Saturday.

The Montenegrin First League comes to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday when one of FK Sutjeska and FK Budućnost Podgorica will clinch the title.

Sutjeska, who are at home to FK Lovćen, have things in their hands with a two-point advantage over a Budućnost side visited by relegation-threatened FK Mornar. However, only six weeks ago Sutjeska were 12 points clear before a winless run of two draws and four defeats allowed reigning champions Budućnost to close what seemed an unbreachable gap.

"We have made so many mistakes and the last thing we wanted was to decide the title race in the last game," Sutjeska goalkeeper Ivan Janjušević said. "But now, what's done is done and we must be ready to finish the season in style. It will be a disaster if we miss this chance, but I am sure the last victory will be the sweetest."

Everything could have been settled last Saturday, with Sutjeska heading for the draw they needed at home to Budućnost. However, two goals in the final three minutes gave the capital side a 3-1 away win and set up the last-weekend decider.

"It would be a shame not to win the title, because on the pitch we're better than Sutjesk," said Budućnost midfielder Marko Vukčević. "I hope the table will show the same after the last 90 minutes."

A draw may not be enough for Sutjeska, because if the teams finish level on points Budućnost would triumph on head-to-head record. Budućnost would then complete their first domestic double having beaten FK Čelik Nikšić last week to lift their first Montenegrin Cup.

"We didn't expect to be in this position before the last round," Vukčević said. "We didn't really believe Sutjeska would make so many mistakes and miss so many chances to secure the title. That's why we didn't play every match at full capacity, with thoughts on the cup final. Now we can dream about the double, which would be an amazing achievement."

Janjušević, whose side have at least guaranteed a maiden top-two finish, reflected: "It's difficult to explain what's happened in the last six matches, but this is not a time to speak about that, it's time to prove we deserve to be champions."

Last updated: 30/05/13 9.35CET

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