|The team after the match vs. Donji Srem|
In a rather boring match, Red Star was able to pull out the three points vs. a very organized FK Donji Srem side. The only goal of the match was scored by Red Star right-back, Nejc Pecnik from a penalty kick. The most important thing was that Red Star took the three much needed points.
Red Star came out in the following line up (4-4-2):
Rajkovic; Pecnik, Pavicevic, Lazic, Djordjevic; Lazovic, Ristic, Bosancic, Katai; Rakic, Despotovic
Used subs: Grujic-Despotovic, Avramovski-Bosancic, Jovic-Katai
For this match, Red Star made a few changes to the line-up. For the suspended Mijailovic, Djordjevic got the start, Gavric was replaced by Katai and for the first time this season, Red Star played a 4-4-2 formation.
Donji Srem had the first chance of the match, when in the 7th minute Stanisavljevic had a go on net, but the shot ended up right in Rajkovic’s hands.
In the first 10 minutes, Donji Srem showed a lot of fight and tried to attack Red Star as much as possible, especially off the counter. Djordjevic was very shaky to say the least with a ton of giveaways in the first 15 minutes of the match or so.
In the 25th minute, Red Star had their first real chance. From a Lazovic corner, Rakic got his head on the ball, but it sailed just wide of the far post.
In the 33rd, Red Star was awarded a penalty kick, after Rakic’s shot was blocked by Donji Srem defender, Prljevic. Pecnik stepped up to take the PK, and made no mistake.
In the 42nd minute, Ristic’s corner kick was cleared off the line by a Donji Srem defender. Red Star very close to getting a second goal.
In the 45th minute, Donji Srem got one by Rajkovic, but striker, Spalevic was flagged for a very questionable offside call. Could have easily been 1-1 at the half.
At halftime, Despotovic was subbed off for talented 18-year old, Grujic. With this substitution Red Star went back to their natural 4-1-4-1 formation.
In the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half, minimal chances were created by either side, but there were plenty of fouls on both sides, which really slowed down the match.
In the 65th minute, Spalevic crossed the ball for Stanisavljevic, but his shot is saved rather easily by Rajkovic.
In the 80th minute, Katai-Lazovic-Rakic combine on a play, but Rakic’s shot is saved incredibly by Donji Srem keeper, Belic.
88th minute, Ristic cuts in from the left wing, but his shot is pushed over the bar by Belic. Belic was by far Donji Srem’s best player.
In the 90th, Grujic’s nifty footwork got him by three Donji Srem defenders, but his shot goes just wide right of the post. This was the last chance of the match for either team.
-Katai was awful in his first start for Red Star. People still use the excuse that he’s not in form, or that he has not adjusted just yet, but I do not buy it.
-For the second time in the last two games, Lazovic was very quiet, if Red Star wants to contend for the title and repeat, they need Lazovic at the top of his form.
-Djordjevic started off very slow in his first start, but as the match went on, he looked much more comfortable.