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Volkov strikes late to snatch draw for Partizan

Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 17.45CET
FC Shirak 1-1 FK Partizan
Defender Vladimir Volkov equalised three minutes into stoppage time to leave Armenian champions Shirak rueing a series of missed chances.
by Khachik Chakhoyan
from Gyumri City
Volkov strikes late to snatch draw for Partizan
Didier Kadio contests a high ball with Nikola Ninković during a hard-fought encounter in Gyumri ©Hakber

Match statistics

ShirakPartizan

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts15
 
13
on target7
 
4
off target5
 
6
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners1
 
8
Offsides4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
11
Fouls suffered9
 
9

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 17.45CET

Volkov strikes late to snatch draw for Partizan

FC Shirak 1-1 FK Partizan
Defender Vladimir Volkov equalised three minutes into stoppage time to leave Armenian champions Shirak rueing a series of missed chances.

Serbian titleholders FK Partizan had an uncomfortable afternoon against FC Shirak in Armenia but thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser from defender Vladimir Volkov will return to Belgrade with their UEFA Champions League hopes intact.

Partizan, who survived several scares in the first half, had trailed to a 48th-minute goal from Davit Hakobyan as Vardan Bichakhchyan's hosts more than matched their better-known opponents. However, Volkov's intervention means Partizan will go into the second leg next Wednesday as favourites to reach the third qualifying round.

For Shirak, there will be some regret at their failure to capitalise on several clear scoring opportunities. The first arrived just after the half-hour when Ismaël Fofana's pass sent Dame Diop racing through but, despite two bites at the cherry, he failed to get the better of goalkeeper Milan Lukač. Ivorian forward Fofana went close twice subsequently, seeing one header blocked by Vojislav Stanković and then nodding wide from just six metres out shortly before the break.

After those misses, Shirak finally made a chance count early in the second half through Hakobyan, who scored on the rebound after Lukač had saved from Fofana following a cross by Andranik Barikyan. But after the goalscorer squandered an invitation to double the lead, that proved the cue for the visitors to rally.

Artur Harutyunyan kept out a Stanković header with five minutes remaining as Partizan finally put the home defence under pressure and it paid off with Volkov's goal, the left-back concluding a neat passing move with a precise first-time finish across Harutyunyan and into the far corner. "I can be satisfied only with the final result and I expect that we will be better in second leg," said Partizan coach Vuk Rašovic, who was not helped by the absence of centre-back Ivan Ivanov.

Last updated: 24/07/13 23.45CET

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Lineups

shirak

Shirak

partizan

Partizan

22
HarutyunyanArtur Harutyunyan (GK)
25
LukačMilan Lukač (GK)
4
KadioDidier Kadio
3
VolkovVladimir Volkov
Yellow Card70
Goal90+3
5
DavtyanTigran Davtyan (C)
6
StankovićVojislav Stanković
9
FofanaIsmaël Fofana
7
LukaPredrag Luka
Substitution46
10
HakobyanDavit Hakobyan
Goal48
Substitution69
9
KojićNemanja Kojić
12
BarikyanAndranik Barikyan
Substitution62
11
NinkovićNikola Ninković
Substitution46
13
KyereSamuel Kyere
13
AksentijevićNikola Aksentijević
15
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
21
MarkovićSaša Marković
Yellow Card45
19
MuradyanKaren Muradyan
Yellow Card84
22
S. IlićSaša Ilić (C)
Substitution77
21
HovhannisyanGevorg Hovhannisyan
39
JojićMiloš Jojić
29
DiopDame Diop
Substitution80
40
OstojićMiloš Ostojić

Substitutes

1
AbrahamyanNorayr Abrahamyan (GK)
1
Ž. ŽivkovićŽivko Živković (GK)
11
ApauJacob Apau
Substitution69
5
PetrovićNemanja Petrović
18
MkrtchyanAra Mkrtchyan
Substitution80
8
BrašanacDarko Brašanac
Substitution46
23
MikaelyanArtyom Mikaelyan
18
IvkovićSaša Ivković
24
OdhiamboGeorge Odhiambo
Substitution62
29
MalbašićFilip Malbašić
Substitution77
25
DavoyanAghvan Davoyan
44
ŠćepovićMarko Šćepović
Substitution46
31
PanosyanEduard Panosyan
55
PantićDanilo Pantić

Coach

Vardan Bichakhchyan (ARM) Vuk Rašovic (SRB)

Referee

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Assistant referees

Krystof Mencl (CZE), Jan Paták (CZE)

Fourth official

Tomas Kocourek (CZE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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