BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, October 30, 2011
After falling behind in the first half, Velez Mostar capitalized on a late penalty to draw Zvijezda on Saturday at Stadion Vrapcici in Mostar.
American forward Danijal Brkovic started his second straight league and played a full 90 for Velez.
Brkovic had the first dangerous scoring opportunity of the game in the 14 minute when hit the crossbar following a Sefko Okic corner.
While Velez controlled most of the first half, it was Zvijezda that scored the first goal when Armin Jazvin collected the ball in the midfield and connected with Stefan Gavaric. Gavaric took a few dribbles and fired home a shot past Velez keeper Zenedin Ostrakovic from the top of the penalty area to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
In the 79th minute Velez found an equalizer when Zvijezda defender Ivan Jakovlijevic was called for a handball in the box. Referee Danijal Pajic quickly pointed to the spot and Velez's Damir Rovcanin converted the penalty to even the score at 1-1.
In the 81st minute, Velez received another fortuitous call when Jakovlijevic was sent off for a second yellow and Velez had the man advantage. The hosts, however, were unable to take advantage and the game ended at a 1-1.
With the draw Velez remain in seventh place in the 16 team league with 15 points through 12 games.
On Wednesday, Velez will host second division Branitelj Mostar in a Bosnian Cup game. They will return to league action on Friday when they visit fifth place Borac Banja Luka.