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Apr 14, 2015

CSKA and Fenerbahce edge ahead in Euroleague playoffs

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce drew first blood in the Euroleague’s best-of-five playoffs with contrasting home wins over their respective rivals on Tuesday.

A rampant CSKA blew away Panathinaikos 93-66 while Fenerbahce eked out an 80-72 victory against holders Maccabi Tel Aviv after overcoming an 11-point second-half deficit.

Apr 10, 2015

Real pip Barca at the top of Euroleague group

BELGRADE, (Reuters) – Real Madrid ended the Euroleague’s second group stage with a 99-83 win over Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday to clinch top spot in their section and book a best-of-five quarter-final against Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Rivals Barcelona finished second in Group E after an 88-65 victory at Galatasaray earned a clash with triple former winners Olympiakos Piraeus, the third-placed team in Group F.

Apr 9, 2015

Maccabi and Panathinaikos reach playoffs

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Euroleague holders Maccabi Tel Aviv, six-times winners Panathinaikos and Anadolu Efes Istanbul clinched the competition’s final three playoff berths in contrasting fashion on Thursday.

Maccabi sealed their passage with a 73-64 win at direct rivals Alba Berlin and while the result eliminated the German side, it also sent through Panathinaikos despite their dramatic 69-68 defeat at Red Star Belgrade.

Apr 8, 2015

Partizan, Cukaricki surge into Serbian Cup final

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade and city rivals Cukaricki stormed into the Serbian cup final after flawless second-leg performances gave them emphatic aggregate wins on Wednesday.

Partizan brushed aside Jagodina 2-0 away for a 5-0 overall rout of last year’s finalists and Cukaricki celebrated the biggest success in their history with a 4-1 win at neighbours Vozdovac after beating them 2-0 in the first leg.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Partizan, Cukaricki surge into Serbian Cup final

BELGRADE, April 8 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade and city rivals Cukaricki stormed into the Serbian cup final after flawless second-leg performances gave them emphatic aggregate wins on Wednesday.

Partizan brushed aside Jagodina 2-0 away for a 5-0 overall rout of last year’s finalists and Cukaricki celebrated the biggest success in their history with a 4-1 win at neighbours Vozdovac after beating them 2-0 in the first leg.

Apr 4, 2015

Soccer-Partizan go five points clear as Red Star stumble

BELGRADE, April 4 (Reuters) – Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade stretched their advantage to five points with a 2-1 home win over bottom side Radnicki Kragujevac on Saturday.

Partizan benefited from a slip-up by champions and city rivals Red Star, who were beaten by the same score at Novi Pazar.

Mar 30, 2015

Matic shines on another gloomy night for Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A 2-1 defeat by Portugal has left Serbia with only a slim hope of reaching Euro 2016 after Nemanja Matic provided the only beacon of light in another lacklustre qualifying performance by the Balkan nation.

The Chelsea midfielder capped a fine individual display with a breathtaking equaliser at the La Luz stadium on Sunday, unleashing an unstoppable overhead volley to briefly cancel out Ricardo Carvalho’s opener.

Mar 30, 2015

Soccer-Matic shines on another gloomy night for Serbia

BELGRADE, March 30 (Reuters) – A 2-1 defeat by Portugal has left Serbia with only a slim hope of reaching Euro 2016 after Nemanja Matic provided the only beacon of light in another lacklustre qualifying performance by the Balkan nation.

The Chelsea midfielder capped a fine individual display with a breathtaking equaliser at the La Luz stadium on Sunday, unleashing an unstoppable overhead volley to briefly cancel out Ricardo Carvalho’s opener.

Mar 27, 2015

Serbia can stop Ronaldo and Portugal, says Ivanovic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Portugal have one of the world’s top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation’s captain Branislav Ivanovic said.

Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than leaders Denmark who have played a game more, while the Serbians are fourth with one point from three games behind Albania who have four from three.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-Serbia can stop Ronaldo and Portugal, says Ivanovic

BELGRADE, March 27 (Reuters) – Portugal have one of the world’s top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation’s captain Branislav Ivanovic said.

Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than leaders Denmark who have played a game more, while the Serbians are fourth with one point from three games behind Albania who have four from three.

    • About Zoran

      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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