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Sarajevo - Cluj (2009)

06.04.2013 at 08:46h

Sarajevo’s footballers did what they said they would and against the strong team Cluj left their hearts on the field giving their fans another beautiful night at Kosevo stadium. Yet if they had not been so timid at the start of the game the bordeaux players would certainly have left for the rematch in Romania with an even more favourable result.

Sarajevo began the match in standard formation and selection; the only player that coach Janjoš could not count on for this match was Maksumic due to him serving a disciplinary ban. In his position as stopper Torlak played alongside Dudo.

The opening period of the match belonged completely to the visitors from Romania. In the first 20 minutes the ball remained predominantly in the Sarajevo half and this resulted in a goal being scored in the home teams net. In the 19th minute the visitors took a quick corner and Peralta dummied Ihtijarević before sending a great cross that found Dani in the right place where from only a few metres out he headed the ball into the net.

After conceding the goal the Sarajevo players, carried by the fantastic support of around 26,000 fans, moved more offensively towards the Cluj goal. The first decent opportunity resulting from this offensive movement fell to the bordeaux striker Muminović who found himself in a good position and shot from about 20 yards, but unfortunately his shot went just wide. However, the best chance of the first half for Sarajevo fell to Hadzic. Following a great combination down the right side Rizvanović entered the penalty area and brilliantly released Hadzic who found himself face to face with Clara, but the visitor’s goalkeeper brilliantly turned his shot onto the post to avert the danger.

The second half began in the same manner as the first had ended with Sarajevo having complete control and creating several good opportunities in front of the Cluj goal. Yet despite the superior play of the bordeaux team the result remained unchanged until the 77th minute. It was then that Jahović brilliantly released Hadzic who found himself alone in front of the visitor’s keeper and to the delight of the Sarajevo fans routinely sent the ball in beneath him. The fantastic assist of Jahović and brilliant goal by Hadzic levelled the score and redeemed him for the sure chance that he had missed in the first half. By the end of the match the bordeaux players tried to complete the turnaround, with the best chance falling to Torlak in the last moments of the match. Unfortunately, his shot was stopped on the goal line by the visitors’ excellent goalkeeper and so the result remained 1.1.

All in all, it should be said that Sarajevo provided yet another great European spectacle and were able to take great optimism with them into the rematch to be held in seven days.


FK SARAJEVO - Cluj 1:1

Spectators: 26.000
Referee: Robert Malek (Poljska)

Sarajevo: Alaim, Rizvanović, Belošević, Džakmić, Torlak, Dudo, Ihtijarević (71' Jahović), Muminović, Avdić (82' Pliska), Janjoš (63' Hamzagić), Hadžić. Trener: Mehmed Janjoš.

0:1 Dani 19'
1:1 Hadžić 76'