On-loan Roma striker Sadiq Umar was front and centre as Partizan Belgrade beat Radnicki Nis 4-1 on Saturday.
Umar, who joined Partizan on loan in the summer, has endured a mixed start to life in the Serbian top-flight. However, he looked back to his lethal best here, hauling Savo Milosevic’s side back from an early deficit.
The hosts went ahead as early as the 11th minute, Nermin Haksic converting from the penalty spot.
Partizan however equalized in the 23rd minute through a penalty of their own: Sadiq made a powerful run inside the box, was hauled down, and Bibras Natkho sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from 12 yards.
The visitors completed the comeback seven minutes later. This time, it was Sadiq with the finishing touch, running in behind and poking the ball past Nikola Petrovic and into the bottom corner.
Partizan, now well in the driver’s seat, extended their advantage 10 minutes into the second half. Mali international Seydouba Soumah’s brilliant solo run took him past one challenge, and he steadied himself before finishing with aplomb.
With the result well and truly secure, Sadiq got his brace and applied some gloss onto the scoreline, timing a run expertly and executing a deft chip over the advancing Petrovic to complete the scoring.
The brace takes the 22-year-old to five goals so far this season, and takes Partizan up to third in the Superliga.