Belgrade’s FA Cup Final was played at the Stadio Olimpico in May 2015, but the new season has been a different story.
With the tournament having been postponed due to the Euro 2016 crisis, Belgrade are now back in the final, having won 5-1 over BATE Borisov.
They had lost 1-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.
The match was played in front of a capacity crowd of over 40,000, the largest ever for the Stade Velodrome.
Here are our key takeaways from this game: -The return of the BATE vs. BATE derby was a welcome boost for the Serbians.
“I’m happy that we can again play with the Bate derby as the home fixture for the next two weeks,” Serb striker Sime Vrsaljko said.
-The Serbians have lost a lot of ground in the Europa League this season, having dropped from eighth to seventh.
In the previous edition, the club finished second behind Olympiakos and were crowned champions of Europe in the third round.
The Serbs lost their first game in the tournament, losing 1-1 to Besiktas in the quarter-finals.
But they were back in it again, this time winning 2-1 on aggregate.
Serbia’s last appearance in the Champions League was in 2012, when they were knocked out in the group stage.
There is no doubt the club are feeling good about their progress, and are looking forward to next season.
This is an opportunity for Belgrade to show their full potential.
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