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Partizan progress with Shirak stalemate

Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 23.30CET
FK Partizan 0-0 FC Shirak (agg: 1-1 )
A goalless stalemate in Belgrade proved enough for the hosts – reduced to ten men in the second half – to advance on away goals.
by Milan Vuković
from FK Partizan
Partizan progress with Shirak stalemate
Partizan players celebrate while Shirak's appear dejected at the end of the match ©Miroslav Todrović

Match statistics

PartizanShirak

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts15
 
8
on target7
 
1
off target6
 
5
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
4
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
9
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 23.30CET

Partizan progress with Shirak stalemate

FK Partizan 0-0 FC Shirak (agg: 1-1 )
A goalless stalemate in Belgrade proved enough for the hosts – reduced to ten men in the second half – to advance on away goals.

The away-goals rule proved the salvation of FK Partizan, who progressed to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round despite failing to score at home against FC Shirak and having a man sent off.

Vladimir Volkov's last-gasp equaliser in the first leg ultimately secured his team a place in the next round, but he could have cost his team with his 55th-minute dismissal in front of his own fans.

It was certainly a frustrating evening for the Partizan supporters. Vuk Rašovic's team repeatedly squandered promising opportunities, finding Artur Harutyunyan unbeatable when they did manage to steer an effort on goal. The keeper was in fine fettle to deny Filip Malbašić and Predrag Luka in particular.

That said, the Serbian champions never looked like coming out on the losing side. Vardan Bichakhchyan's visitors themselves managed to muster just one shot on target in the 90 minutes and it is Partizan who can now prepare for a meeting with Bulgaria's PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the next round.

Last updated: 04/09/13 17.55CET

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