Red Star drew against BSC Young Boys (2:2) after an exciting Champions League R2 match that featured a cannonade of goals – from the offside position.
The Red and Whites showed strong initiative that often lacked a precise finishing touch. Ndiaye’s goal (35′) was first dismissed due to a potential offside. However, VAR showed no issues, for a 1-0 lead and an ecstatic reaction by the loud home crowd.
Red Star scored a total of four times, but it’s the offsides that marked tonight’s encounter. On the other hand, the guests managed to sneak in a quick first goal, while using a full drop in defence for the second. Some half an hour before the end of the match.
Aleksandar Katai showed artistry, but it was Osman Bukari that saved a point for Zvezda with a beautiful side goal only two minutes before the end of the regular 90. In the following seven minutes Zvezda had various chances to keep the three points at home. Unfortunately for the loud fans, not this time.
“We didn’t open well in the second half. (…) I am happy with the game in the first 30 minutes. We played until the end and we could have won. I am not satisfied, because we failed to win a match that we should have won. (…) The crowd carried us through the low points.”, said Zvezda’s coach Bakhar.
The Red and Whites will face Leipzig away – in the Champions League Match Day 3, on October 25th.
*Note: Zvezda fans showed off a pre match mosaic inspired by “The Starry Night”, one of the most well known paintings by Vincent van Gogh, alongside a motto: “This is the night of the brave”.