Red Star Belgrade fought back from the brink to secure their first Champions League qualification since 1992 with a crucial draw against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday evening.
Finding themselves 2-0 down by the 48th minute, Red Star rallied to turn the tables just past the hour mark with two goals in roughly 120 seconds that eventually saw them go through on away goals.
Frenzied by the final whistle, a large proportion of the Serbian side’s 8,000 travelling fans invaded the pitch in celebration, which included one supporter quite literally seizing Nemanja Radonjic’s shirt from his back…
That was likely to be Radonjic’s final game for Red Star, with a €12million move to Marseille set to take place before Friday’s deadline – which might explain the fervour for his sweat-infused garments.
As for the Serbian side, they have now reclaimed a place at UEFA’s top table for the first time in 26 years, some 27 years after they last won the European Cup (by defeating Marseille on penalties in the 1991 final).
Funny how things work out.