FK Crvena Zvezda beat FK Vojvodina 3-0 at home today to win the Serbo-Montenegrin Prva liga with one round of matches to spare.
The Belgrade club were able to celebrate a 29th national championship after their triumph left them eight points ahead of fierce rivals FK Partizan, who lost 1-0 against FK Buducnost Banatski Dvor. The victory, watched by 30,000 spectators, guaranteed Crvena Zvezda a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
Under-21 international Marko Perovic got the party under way with a superb strike from 30 metres in the eleventh minute, although the second goal did not arrive until just after the hour when Dragan Sarac converted from eight metres. The leading striker in the top flight, Nikola Zigic, completed the scoring in the 88th minute, notching his 18th goal of the season after a fine pass from Marjan Markovic.
Victorious coach Slavoljub Muslin said: "I'm more then happy. Some people questioned our quality at the start of the season but we have proved that we are the best team in Serbia and Montenegro. We deserved our victory and I would like to congratulate the players and supporters for their efforts over the last ten months. Now we have homework to do - we must prepare well for the Champions League so we can show our quality."
Crvena Zvezda captain Nemanja Vidic added: "We're a young team without much experience but with plenty of hopes and dreams. Now we are focused on the cup final and after that qualification to the Champions League. This club deserves to compete among the élite." The champions will hope to complete an eighth domestic double when they play Buducnost in the Serbo-Montenegrin Cup final on Wednesday.
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