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Majestic Middlesbrough top Group E

Published: Thursday 16 December 2004, 0.05CET
Middlesbrough FC 3-0 FK Partizan The Premiership side claim first place in impressive fashion.

Match statistics

MiddlesbroughPartizan

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2004, 0.05CET

Majestic Middlesbrough top Group E

Middlesbrough FC 3-0 FK Partizan The Premiership side claim first place in impressive fashion.

By Andrew Haslam at Riverside stadium

First-half goals from Szilárd Nemeth and Joseph-Désiré Job and a late third from substitute James Morrison earned Middlesbrough FC a victory against FK Partizan that ensured the English side progressed to the UEFA Cup knockout stages as Group E winners.

Third-placed opposition
Nemeth and Job, who were preferred to first-choice pair Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, gave the home team a 2-0 lead by the 22nd minute before Morrison added a third at the death, confirming that Middlesbrough will be paired with one of the third-placed sides in Friday's Round of 32 draw. Partizan also progressed, but dropped to third position following Villarreal CF's 4-0 win against Egaleo FC.

Strikers rested
In addition to his striking reshuffle, Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren was without George Boateng due to an ankle injury so Doriva came into midfield, while Franck Queudrue returned to defence. Partizan made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Villarreal on Matchday 4, Albert Nadj replacing Simon Vukcevic in midfield.

Nemeth delight
It took the hosts only ten minutes to slice open the visitors' defence. Nemeth raced clear on to Job's through-ball and prodded his shot below Partizan goalkeeper Ivica Kralj.

Well-worked second
Pierre Boya was then booked for an aerial challenge on Colin Cooper, ruling him out of Partizan's next match as the away team briefly threatened to rally, but instead it was Middlesbrough who struck again. Queudrue won the ball midway inside the Partizan half and fed Nemeth, who unselfishly squared to leave Job with a simple finish.

Ilic opportunity
Partizan again responded well, Saša Ilic exchanging passes with Boya and bursting into the penalty area but, under pressure from Queudrue, sliced wide. Moments later, Stewart Downing raced down the left, but from the winger's low centre, Kralj somehow blocked Job's close-range effort.

Golden chance
That proved to be the Partizan goalkeeper's last meaningful contribution as he limped off to be replaced by Djordje Pantic, but it was at the other end where the visitors almost ended an eventful half on a positive note. Ilic was again the provider but, a metre out and with the goal gaping, Boya could not connect with his cross.

Brnovic denied
The home side again might have added to their advantage soon after half-time, Nemeth just failing to turn Downing's cross in and then volleying over. Partizan patiently worked their way back into the game, though, and might have scored twice inside three minutes, as first Ilic sidefooted wide in front of goal before Mark Schwarzer pulled off a fine fingertip save from Nenad Brnovic's header.

Final flourish
Both teams had further opportunities, with Cooper nodding Boudewijn Zenden's free-kick past the post and Nadj blazing over after Schwarzer had spilled Vukcevic's shot, but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with a late block from Boya before Morrison's late flourish. The substitute cut inside and drove a low shot bezond Pantic, although there was still time for Brnovic to strike a post.

Last updated: 16/12/04 10.23CET

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Lineups

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

partizan

Partizan

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
25
KraljIvica Kralj (GK)
Substitution40
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
4
MirkovićZoran Mirković
23
CooperColin Cooper
7
N. BrnovićNenad Brnović
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
8
BoyaPierre Boya
Yellow Card13
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
Yellow Card55
10
CiricDragan Ciric
Substitution46
15
ParlourRay Parlour
Yellow Card5
Substitution64
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
20
DorivaDoriva
16
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
21
TomićIvan Tomić
19
DowningStewart Downing
22
IlićSaša Ilić (C)
Substitution71
8
NémethSzilárd Németh
Goal10
24
RnićNemanja Rnić
16
JobJoseph-Désiré Job
Goal22
28
NadjAlbert Nadj

Substitutes

12
NashCarlo Nash (GK)
27
PantićDjordje Pantić (GK)
Substitution40
29
McMahonAnthony McMahon
1
VukčevićSimon Vukčević
Substitution46
24
DaviesAndrew Davies
5
BajićBranimir Bajić
25
MorrisonJames Morrison
Substitution64
Goal90
11
RadovićMiroslav Radović
17
WilsonMark Wilson
18
PetrovicBranimir Petrovic
18
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
34
GrubejšićNikola Grubejšić
Substitution71
36
VidukaMark Viduka
44
BabovićStefan Babović

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Vladimir Vermezović (SRB)

Referee

Grzegorz Gilewski (POL)

Assistant referees

Maciej Wierzbowski (POL), Slawomir Stempniewski (POL)

Fourth official

Marek Mikolajewski (POL)

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