Soccer Digest

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 August, 2012, 2:40am


Tiny Donji Srem in shock win over Partizan Belgrade

First Division debutants Donji Srem celebrated their biggest ever win after beating champions Partizan Belgrade 2-1. Donji Srem, based in the village of Pecinci that only has about 2,500 inhabitants, shocked Partizan at Vojvodina Novi Sad's Karadjordje stadium. "This evening some Partizan players were just not worthy of the club's colours and this should teach them a lesson ahead of Thursday's Europa League qualifier at [Norwegians] Tromso," angry visiting coach Vladimir Vermezovic said. His opposite number, Bogic Bogicevic, was overjoyed. "We never expected to win but when the opportunity came we took it, with two goals in the space of four minutes," he said. Reuters


Dire debut for Melgarejo as Benfica held by Braga

Benfica were held to a 2-2 draw by Braga after Paraguayan defender Lorenzo Melgarejo scored an own goal and then gave the ball away cheaply for another in a nightmare debut. They salvaged a point when striker Oscar Cardozo struck in the 73rd minute with a penalty but failed to find a winner. Eduardo Salvio had put the hosts ahead from close range just after the break and the fans were still celebrating the breakthrough when 21-year-old Melgarejo, an adapted left back, left them dumbstruck as he sent a flying header into his own net. Then a clumsy clearance in the box fell to Braga's Brazilian midfielder Alan, who set up Mossoro for an easy goal just past the hour mark. Reuters