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Last chance saloon for flailing Partizan

Published: Friday 23 October 2009, 1.20CET
Following Matchday 3's 2-0 loss in Belgium, FK Partizan – still without a point in Group J – know a second defeat against Club Brugge KV would spell the end of their UEFA Europa League campaign.

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Tournament statistics

PartizanClub Brugge

Goals scored6
 
11
Attempts on target50
 
71
Attempts off target0
2
Corners24
 
29
Offsides6
 
18
Fouls committed74
 
119
Yellow cards17
 
20
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 23 October 2009, 1.20CET

Last chance saloon for flailing Partizan

Following Matchday 3's 2-0 loss in Belgium, FK Partizan – still without a point in Group J – know a second defeat against Club Brugge KV would spell the end of their UEFA Europa League campaign.

Following Matchday 3's 2-0 loss in Belgium, FK Partizan know a second defeat against Club Brugge KV would spell the end of their UEFA Europa League campaign, with the Serbian champions finding the going tough in Group J.

Previous meetings
• The two teams met for the first time on Matchday 3, with Club Brugge securing their 100th win in their 222nd UEFA club competition game.

• In their only previous tie against Serbian opposition, Club Brugge recovered from a 3-1 first-leg defeat by FK Crvena Zvezda in a 1987/88 UEFA Cup second round tie to win 4-0 in Bruges. Partizan's only experience of facing a Belgian outfit is a 1-0 home defeat by R. Standard de Liège in last season's UEFA Cup group stage.

Match background
• Partizan have not won in six UEFA club competition group-stage home games since their first UEFA Cup group-stage appearance produced a 4-0 win at home against Egaleo FC in 2004/05.

• Club Brugge are without a win in their last six European away games, but have drawn five of those matches.

Team facts
• Just before the start of the group stage, Partizan dismissed former Yugoslavia midfielder Slaviša Jokanović as their coach, with the former CD Tenerife, RC Deportivo La Coruña and Chelsea CF player being temporarily replaced by his assistant Goran Stevanović.

• Former Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven winger Adrie Koster replaced Jacky Mathijssen as Club Brugge coach in April. The former Dutch international (three caps) held the reins at a number of smaller Eredivisie sides before briefly becoming AFC Ajax trainer in October 2007.

• Partizan's Senegalese striker Lamine Diarra and Club Brugge's Paraguayan defender Antolin Alcaraz were briefly team-mates at Portuguese side SC Beira-Mar in the 2006/07 season.

• Partizan's Guinea-Bissau-born midfielder Almani Moreira has plenty of experience of Belgian football from his time at R. Standard de Liège between 2001 and 2006. Club Brugge's Karel Geraerts was a team-mate of his at Standard in 2005/06.

• Club Brugge's Stijn Stijnen, Carl Hoefkens and Geraerts faced Partizan's Mladen Krstajić in Belgium's 1-0 UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying defeat by Serbia at the FK Crvena Zvezda Stadium on 7 October 2006. The same players were all involved as Belgium won the return fixture 3-2 in Brussels on 22 August 2007.

• Club Brugge defender Ryan Donk was a member of the Netherlands team that beat Serbia in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship final. Serbia were coached by Miroslav Djukić, who later took charge of Partizan and is now in Belgium, coaching R. Excelsior Mouscron.

• Partizan conceded more goals in the first three group-stage games than any other side – nine – but were caught offside just once, the lowest total in the competition.

• Partizan visit Toulouse FC on Matchday 5, with Club Brugge travelling to FC Shakhtar Donetsk on the same day, 3 December.

Last updated: 27/11/12 18.21CET

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