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19 May 2019 Crvena Zvezda 3 Nepredak 0 Serbian League playoff.

 

A night of 1000 flares and a biblical thunderstorm.

Red Star celebrate winning the league and 30 years of their ultras.

 

It began with a presentation of all the Red Star players and ended in a thunderstorm of torrential rain and hail.

But for the ultras, who had their own celebration of 30 years of fanatical support, nothing could stop their constant pyrotechnic display.

On the pitch, the home side soon went ahead when a mistake allowed Jirka to cross for Dejan Joveljic to supply an easy finish.

That set Red Star on their way and though the referee had to take the players off because of the dire conditions it never stopped the home side's dominance.

Or the fireworks.

Within 15 minutes of the restart, Jevtovic had broken free and delivered the second goal.

That effectively settled the outcome.

Nepredak offered few real threats and Popovic in the home goal dealt with those that came his way.

Dutch midfielder Lorenzo Ebisilio completed the scoring from close range in the final minute.

It had been a comfortable victory for the champions despite the difficult conditions.

And a monumental performance by the Crvena Zvezda ultras.

 

report - John Bethell

 

 

 


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