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Fenerbahçe hold off Partizan to progress

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.20CET
Fenerbahçe SK 2-1 FK Partizan (agg: 4-3)
Semih Şentürk and Alex scored as the hosts returned to the group stage by beating the Serbian champions.
by Türker Tozar
Fenerbahçe hold off Partizan to progress
Alex celebrates his decisive goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FenerbahçePartizan

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.20CET

Fenerbahçe hold off Partizan to progress

Fenerbahçe SK 2-1 FK Partizan (agg: 4-3)
Semih Şentürk and Alex scored as the hosts returned to the group stage by beating the Serbian champions.

Fenerbahçe SK confirmed their place in the UEFA Champions League group stage with a 2-1 victory against Serbian champions FK Partizan at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium to advance 4-3 on aggregate.

Headed goals
Last season's quarter-finalists had battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the first leg a fortnight ago but quickly assumed control here. Headed goals from Semih Şentürk on 28 minutes and Alex 13 minutes after half-time appeared to put the tie beyond doubt, and though Zoran Tošić pulled one back for the visitors with 14 minutes left, Partizan ultimately came up short.

Injury problems
Fenerbahçe coach Luis Aragonés came into the match troubled by a lengthy injury list with midfielder Emre Belözoğlu being the latest casualty. A calf problem kept him out of the side, but Fenerbahçe were able to welcome the surprise return of Semih Şentürk following a thigh strain. Yasin Çakmak deputised for the injured Edu in central defence.

Semih Şentürk scores
It took Semih Şentürk nearly half an hour to make a telling contribution, nodding in Uğur Boral's cross from the left. Fenerbahçe lowered the tempo after scoring and though Lamine Diarra posed a threat for the Belgrade club, Partizan were unable to create any meaningful chances. On 58 minutes Fenerbahçe doubled their advantage when Alex headed in Daniel Güiza's centre from the right.

Tošić reply
The second goal forced Partizan to push more men forward and their greater attacking intent paid dividends on 76 minutes when Tošić fired in a free-kick to reduce the arrears. That, though, was as close as they got. Aragonés replaced Semih Şentürk with Önder Turacı to strengthen the defence and Fenerbahçe were able to hold on to their lead to put their name in the hat for Thursday's draw.

Last updated: 28/08/08 0.53CET

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Lineups

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

partizan

Partizan

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
27
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
3
StevanovićIvan Stevanović
2
LuganoDiego Lugano
Yellow Card10
24
KneževićSrdja Knežević
53
Yasin ÇakmakYasin Çakmak
Yellow Card50
Substitution88
37
ObradovićIvan Obradović
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
4
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević (C)
25
Uğur BoralUğur Boral
Substitution61
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution73
10
AlexAlex (C)
Goal58
8
JucaJuca
33
MaldonadoClaudio Maldonado
10
MoreiraAlmami Moreira
8
Kazım KazımColin Kazım Richards
11
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
Goal76
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
Goal28
Substitution71
12
PaunovićVeljko Paunović
Substitution58
14
GüizaDaniel Güiza
26
DiarraLamine Diarra

Substitutes

88
Volkan BabacanVolkan Babacan (GK)
1
D. BožovićDarko Božović (GK)
17
Can AratCan Arat
17
BogunovićMiloš Bogunović
Substitution58
18
Ali BilginAli Bilgin
14
LazićDjordje Lazić
Substitution73
19
Önder TuracıÖnder Turacı
Substitution71
20
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
24
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
Substitution88
28
MiljkovićAleksandar Miljković
38
İlhan Parlakİlhan Parlak
88
ČadikovskiDragan Čadikovski
32
Gürhan GürsoyGürhan Gürsoy
Substitution61
13
JovanovićMarko Jovanović

Coach

Luis Aragonés Suárez (ESP) Slaviša Jokanović (SRB)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Juan Yuste (ESP), Javier Novoa Robles (ESP)

Fourth official

Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

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