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Cup joy for Crvena Zvezda

Published: Wednesday 10 May 2006, 23.42CET
FK Crvena Zvezda have won the Serbo-Montenegrin Cup by coming from two goals down to secure a 4-2 extra-time success against city rivals OFK Beograd.
by Aleksandar Bosković
from Belgrade

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Published: Wednesday 10 May 2006, 23.42CET

Cup joy for Crvena Zvezda

FK Crvena Zvezda have won the Serbo-Montenegrin Cup by coming from two goals down to secure a 4-2 extra-time success against city rivals OFK Beograd.

FK Crvena Zvezda have won the Serbo-Montenegrin Cup by coming from two goals down to secure a 4-2 extra-time success against city rivals OFK Beograd. With the scores tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes, striker Nikola Žigić edged 'Red Star' in front in the 101st minute, before right-back Dušan Basta sealed the victory on the counterattack two minutes from the end.

Double triumph
For Walter Zenga's men, Serbia and Montenegro's newly-crowned champions, the win was their 21st in the domestic knockout competition and it completed a ninth double. The consolation prize for OFK Beograd is a place in the UEFA Cup given Crvena Zvezda's participation in next season's UEFA Champions League.

Advantage OFK
In front of 12,000 spectators at Belgrade's Partizan stadium, OFK were rewarded for a bright start when Djordje Rakić broke the deadlock on eleven minutes. The favourites hit back but the remainder of the first half was most notable for the sendings-off of OFK defender Aleksandr Kolarov and Crvena Zveda midfielder Dejan Miladinović. OFK then stunned their more illustrious neighbours with a second goal close to the hour, Branko Baković's free-kick being turned into his own net by Milan Biševac.

Famous recovery
Desperate to recover the deficit, Zenga switched to a three-man attack and his approach paid dividends when Žigić struck on 67 minutes and then Milan Purović found the equaliser six minutes later. It was Žigić who made the difference in extra time before Basta's late effort capped a remarkable comeback.

Last updated: 11/05/06 0.07CET

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