Partizan won Cukaricki away with first half goals from forwards Tawamba and Ozegovic and achieved second win in a row after a couple of hiccups.
While forwards secured goals, defenders made sure Partizan kept another clean sheet, among them 18-year-old debutant Svetozar Markovic.
Partizan academy graduate found out he will make his debut few hours before kick-off as Milan Mitrovic picked up an injury. We talked to club`s youngster after Cukaricki game.
– Everyone was really supportive, helping me to enter this game of big significance in a calm fashion. Friendlies over winter preps were helpful too – I gained maturity and firmness. I think that was on show today, says Markovic.
Starting line-up included another recent Partizan academy graduate, Armin Djerlek, while Luka Cucin played right-back last time around.
– Djerlek and myself, we are Partizan kids, we played almost all age groups at the club and that helped us adjust to senior team easier. When you are part of the club from the early age, you are used to pressure and winning mentality built in you from the day one. Partizan academy prepared us for this day for the past five or six years.
Partizan played well today, especially in the first half.
– It`s true, we had five or six good opportunities in the first but failed to score more. Uneven pitch surface didn`t help too but we will work to finish off our opportunities in the future. We retreated a bit after the break but we were focused at the back and did our best to keep the clean sheet.
What did boss Djukic say to you before the game?
– To keep calm, to be firm in tackles and to do my best. He also told me that I`m mature enough for this and that he is convinced I`ll be great out there.
You made your debut, what are you after now?
-I want to win double and play Champions League with Partizan.