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Flair and fortune see off Partizan

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET
FK Partizan 2-3 Toulouse FC
Pantxi Sirieix scored twice as the visitors came from behind to take all three points from their Group J opener in the Serbian capital.
Flair and fortune see off Partizan
Toulouse celebrate their victory at Partizan ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PartizanToulouse

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners6
 
5
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 22.50CET

Flair and fortune see off Partizan

FK Partizan 2-3 Toulouse FC
Pantxi Sirieix scored twice as the visitors came from behind to take all three points from their Group J opener in the Serbian capital.

Toulouse FC came from behind to claim a 3-2 win at FK Partizan and kick off their UEFA Europa League Group J campaign with maximum points.

Fortunate finish
Mladen Krstajić put the home side in front in the 23rd minute but they were trailing before the break courtesy of two exquisitely-taken goals from Pantxi Sirieix (30 and 38), and faced even more of an uphill task just after half-time when Antoine Devaux fortuitously doubled the French side's advantage. Cléo came off the substitutes' bench to halve Partizan's deficit but a more dramatic comeback did not materialise.

Clinical Sirieix
Krstajić only returned to Serbia this year after nine seasons in Germany but showed little sign of needing a chance to acclimatise to his new team-mates, timing his run to perfection to meet a 23rd-minute corner and head past Yohann Pelé from five metres out. Sirieix outdid his Partizan counterpart by controlling a cross from the right and pirouetting into space in one motion before sliding past the grounded home goalkeeper Mladen Božović. Alain Casanova's side edged in front on 38 minutes as Moussa Sissoko's heavy touch sent the ball into Sirieix's path – the Frenchman needed no second invitation to drive a first-time shot low into the corner.

Late hope
Any rescue package composed by stand-in Partizan coach Goran Stevanović was undermined just four minutes into the second half, Devaux breaking from midfield before unleashing a side-footed effort which Božović attempted to save with his legs but merely sent looping over his head and under the crossbar. Cheik Mbengué somehow cleared – via a post – a close-range poke from Lamine Diarra before the hour but Diarra turned provider on 66 minutes as he laid the ball on for strike partner Cléo to lift over Pelé, but Toulouse consummately negotiated what might have been an uncomfortable final quarter.

Last updated: 18/09/09 2.09CET

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Lineups

partizan

Partizan

toulouse

Toulouse

27
M. BožovićMladen Božović (GK)
30
PeléYohann Pelé (GK)
Yellow Card57
4
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević (C)
3
CongréDaniel Congré
5
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
6
DevauxAntoine Devaux
Goal49
Substitution65
8
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
12
MbenguéCheikh Mbengué
Substitution75
10
MoreiraAlmami Moreira
13
NounkeuDany Nounkeu
11
LomićMarko Lomić
Yellow Card41
14
SirieixPantxi Sirieix (C)
Goal30
Goal38
19
IlicBrana Ilic
Substitution62
19
PentecôteXavier Pentecôte
Substitution61
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
Goal23
20
BersonMathieu Berson
24
KneževićSrdja Knežević
Substitution46
22
SissokoMoussa Sissoko
Yellow Card76
26
DiarraLamine Diarra
27
TabanouFranck Tabanou
52
GavrančićGoran Gavrančić
Yellow Card50
Substitution52
29
CapoueÉtienne Capoue

Substitutes

1
D. BožovićDarko Božović (GK)
16
BlondelOlivier Blondel (GK)
2
StevanovićSiniša Stevanović
Substitution46
5
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
Substitution75
7
TomićNemanja Tomić
Substitution52
8
DidotÉtienne Didot
9
CléoCléo
Substitution62
Goal67
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution61
13
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
25
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution65
17
BogunovićMiloš Bogunović
28
SoukounaAhmed Soukouna
21
B. JovanovićBranislav Jovanović
35
FirminMickael Firmin

Coach

Goran Stevanovic (SRB) Alain Casanova (FRA)

Referee

Selçuk Dereli (TUR)

Assistant referees

Erdinç Sezertam (TUR), Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Fourth official

Özgüç Türkalp (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Fırat Aydınus (TUR), Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

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