Partizan punish City for shortcomings

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9:51

Long delay at MIA and inadequate facilities at Hibs Stadium according to visitors

The second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League had little luck in store for Valletta as FK Partizan had the better of the Citizens with a 4-1 scoreline at the Hibs Stadium. The second leg of this tie will be played on Tuesday in Serbia and Valletta need to win with a margin of 4 goals to make it through. The match was partially marred by an incident where some Partizan fans tried to force their way into the stadium via a nearby field, but the situation was brought under control by police who also arrested 12 of these fans.

Partizan coach Vermezovic giving instructions during training - Source

Partizan coach Vermezovic giving instructions during training - Source

On the pitch, the visiting Serbians made sure of the result in the first half, with Tomić finding the back of the net after only six minutes. Partizan got their second goal in the 33rd minute through Ivanov while Šćepović made it 3-0 just before the half time whistle.

The Valletta side looked more determined to turn the result around in the second half and their efforts were rewarded by talisman Michael Mifsud in the 6th minute, but 6 minutes later it was Ostojić who scored off a Stefan Babović free kick to put the tie beyond Valletta.

Unhappy welcome

Partizan were not a happy bunch on their arrival in Malta. According to the club’s official website, the team was made to wait for an extensive time on the plane and inside the Malta International Airport terminal building and that after such an inadequate welcome Partizan’s “reply has to be an adequate one – on the pitch!”. Click here to read the full story.

Due to this delay, Partizan had to move their training session and press conference, but there was more drama in store for them. The team complained about the facilities offered at the Hibs stadium and also said that the “1500 capacity venue is far from what it is expected to be. It`s not clear how it got UEFA license. Dressing rooms and ground surrounding are quite surreal also.There is a building site with cranes just next to it and it`s kind of a perfect scenery for Vittorio de Sica movie.” Read all the details here.


  1. ic-che says:

    Re links… Daw bis serjeta’? ghax ma jarawx id-dwejjaq l-ghandhom f’pajjizhom! 
    Vera nies keshien u minghalijhom xi haga. 
    Nistenna li xi hadd iwiegeb ghal dak li ntaqal fis site bl Ingliz taghhom. 
    Min jaf hemm eh x genna ha jkun hemm tistennijhom lil beltin!


  2. cityboy says:

    Tisthiex titkellem ta…Wara manafx kemm il sena ma tikkompetux flewropa dhaltu u waqqajtu pajjiz ghac cajt b’zewg ottini li qlajtu….Mur ara daqxejn forsi tirrangalu il kuntratt


    Eugenio Demanuele Reply:

    Nahseb fixkiltni mihor cityboy. Forza greens


  3. Genio Floriana says:

    anzi hennew ghalikom u tawkom 4 biss.. Tal misthija tarma ac champions league biex ‘nimxu fuq l passi tac ciprijotti’ u taqilu 4 home.. Minjaff xriha xihokk rasu!!


    iljunbelti Reply:

    sur geniotto – ahna mal partizan laghabna ta mac champions tas serbia – ara intom 8 ma min gie it tieni ahseb u ara kieku laghabtu mac champions

    xriha jhokk rasu???? mela intom xintom taghmlu ghadkom bla kumitat???


    in-Nobbli Reply:

    Ara min jitkellem ukoll!! Lanqas tisthi titkellem ……… jaqaw kont fil qamar u waqajt il-bierah jew ??


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