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Yugoslavia round-up: Partizan stride on

Published: Saturday 6 April 2002, 23.10CET
FK Partizan extended their lead at the top of the table as their nearest rivals drew on Saturday. features

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Published: Saturday 6 April 2002, 23.10CET

Yugoslavia round-up: Partizan stride on

FK Partizan extended their lead at the top of the table as their nearest rivals drew on Saturday.

FK Partizan extended their lead at the top of the table as their nearest rivals drew today.

Partizan win again
Two goals from Zvonimir Vukic helped Partizan to a 2-0 win against FK Zeleznik, while second-placed FK Crvena Zvezda could only draw 0-0 at FK Sutjeska. In the eighth minute, a corner caused chaos in the Zeleznik penalty area and Vukic latched on to the loose ball to score from inside the area. The second half saw the visitors improve their game but fail to threaten the Partizan goal and in the 58th minute Vukic converted a left-wing cross with the aid of a deflection.

No goals in Niksic
In Niksic, Sutjeska had the better of the first half but Crvena Zvezda exerted their influence after the break and appeared to have won a penalty in the 78th minute when Dragan Bogavac was brought down. The referee pointed to the spot but reversed his decision after consultation with his assistant and the game remained goalless.

Rudar fight back
A penalty was awarded in FK Hadjuk Kula's game against FK Rudar Plevlja and Nikola Malbasa slotted home from the spot in the 16th minute. The lead lasted 14 minutes until a Rudar counterattack presented Oleg Bulatovic with an opportunity on the edge of the penalty area and he blasted home the equaliser.

Late goals in Lucani
There were late goals in Lucani where FK Zeta beat FK Mladost Lucani 3-2 thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Branimir Petrovic. The visitors were leading 2-1 with five minutes to go when Dragan Mandic scored for Lucani to seemingly earn a point. Earlier, Bojan Brnovic had given Zeta a 24th-minute lead only for Babic to equalise eight minutes after half-time. Petrovic put Zeta 2-1 ahead midway through the half before snatching victory in the last seconds.

Mladenovic saves Zemun
Another injury-time header rescued a point for FK Zemun in a 2-2 draw at home to bottom side FK Mladost Apatin. Dragan Mladenovic was the man on target after Gabrijel Radojicic had put Apatin 2-1 up with eleven minutes to go. Zoran Ciric's seventh-minute goal, capitalising on a rebound off the keeper from his own shot, had given the visitors a lead which they held until Ilija Stolica scored an equaliser in the 65th minute.

Cukaricki triumph
FK Cukaricki beat second-bottom FK Radnicki Kraguejvac 2-1 but they almost dropped two points as the home side's Sasa Djurucic's injury-time free-kick hit the crossbar. Mitar Novakovic had given Cukaricki a 30th-minute lead with a superb goal, volleying just under the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. The visitors did not extend their lead until 12 minutes from the end when Marinko Petkovic benefited from a swift counterattack to make it 2-0. A Branko Bakovic header in the 85th minute could have been worth much more had Djurucic been on target with his late free-kick.

Goalless draws
Meanwhile, two 0-0 draws were played out in Belgrade between OFK Beograd and FK Vojvodina, and FK Obilic and FK Rad.

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