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Partizan seal debut point

Published: Tuesday 16 September 2003, 23.19CET
FK Partizan 1-1 FC Porto Andrija Delibašic equalises Costinha's first-half header in a hard-fought encounter.

Match statistics

PartizanPorto

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners0
3
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed17
 
22
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 16 September 2003, 23.19CET

Partizan seal debut point

FK Partizan 1-1 FC Porto Andrija Delibašic equalises Costinha's first-half header in a hard-fought encounter.

FK Partizan came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with FC Porto on Matchday 1, earning a point on their UEFA Champions League debut. A first-half header from Costinha had given the UEFA Cup holders the lead, only for Andrija Delibašic to grab a second-half equaliser in this hard-fought Group F encounter at the Partizan stadium in Belgrade.

Offside trap
Porto started the game brightly, looking to retain possession and make the home side work hard to win the ball. Deco, playing just behind strikers Derlei and Benni McCarthy, was typically lively and elusive. However, the Partizan defence – marshalled expertly by Nigerian centre-back Taribo West – operated an effective offside trap.

Costinho opener
Then, with neither side having yet had a clear sight of goal, Porto took the lead. Deco won a corner on the right flank and the diminutive playmaker stepped up to take it himself. He struck an outswinger with pace and bend, which found Costinha at the far post. Goalkeeper Radovan Radakovic – standing in for the injured Ivica Kralj – got a hand to the Portugal midfield player's thumped header, but could not keep it out.

Long-range efforts
The goal catapulted the game into life with the action moving rapidly from end to end. However, neither side could find the necessary final pass and were often reduced to long-range efforts. Tomasz Rzasa hit an awkward left-footed volley over for the home side, while Maniche went close with a 25-metre shot for the visitors.

Derlei chance
Just before the break, Derlei should have grabbed a second for Porto. Deco curled in an excellent free-kick from the right touchline, which deceived Radakovic. Derlei seemed certain to score, but the fleet-footed Brazilian could not make clean contact and the ball squirted wide.

Half-time changes
Partizan coach Lothar Matthäus was obviously displeased at his side's first-half display and made two changes at the break, bringing on former Porto star Ljubinko Drulovic and defender Branko Savic. The effect was immediate and the home side began to play with confidence.

Partizan parity
On 54 minutes, Partizan were level. Costinha brought down Ivica Iliev just outside the box and Drulovic stepped up to take the resulting free-kick. His left-footed effort struck West in the back and rebounded to Delibašic, who volleyed the ball powerfully past Vítor Baía.

West excellent
The goal gave Partizan the confidence to sally forward and West was excellent in both defence and attack. However, Porto soon began launching counterattacks and carved out the better of the second-half chances.

Deco strike
Deco watched his curling free-kick punched awkwardly away by Radakovic before Derlei dribbled past a host of defenders only to give the ball away cheaply. The best chance fell in the final minutes, however, as substitute striker Edgaras Jankauskas found space on the left of the box, but drove narrowly over at the near post.

High tempo
Partizan were restricted to long-range efforts, as Iliev and Delibašic worked tirelessly upfront. West made surging runs from the back, feeding Iliev on the edge of the box on one occasion and shooting from optimistic range on another. The tempo intensified as the game went on – and both sides appeared drained by the time the final whistle was blown.

Last updated: 17/09/03 10.51CET

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Lineups

partizan

Partizan

porto

Porto

1
RadakovicRadovan Radakovic (GK)
99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
2
ĆirkovićMilivoje Ćirković
Substitution46
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
7
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
Substitution46
6
CostinhaCostinha
Goal22
Yellow Card24
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
Goal54
Yellow Card65
8
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
10
DecoDeco
Yellow Card74
Substitution89
16
WestTaribo West
11
DerleiDerlei
17
IlievIvica Iliev
Substitution84
18
ManicheManiche
Substitution79
22
IlićSaša Ilić (C)
22
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
26
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
23
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
28
NadjAlbert Nadj
Yellow Card39
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution70

Substitutes

27
PantićDjordje Pantić (GK)
13
NunoNuno (GK)
10
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
Substitution46
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
11
ČakarDamir Čakar
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution70
21
ZavišićBojan Zavišić
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution79
23
BrnovićBojan Brnović
Substitution84
20
Marco FerreiraMarco Ferreira
24
SavicBranko Savic
Substitution46
25
R. FernandesRicardo Fernandes
Substitution89
25
BajićBranimir Bajić
30
SilvaMário Silva

Coach

Lothar Matthäus (GER) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Jiri Vodicka (CZE), Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)

Fourth official

Jaromir Hlavac (CZE)

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