1.MFL overview of Round 9 (Video)

Vardar outplayed Akademija Pandev to extend the lead at the top as Shkendija dropped points against Renova. Makedonija GjP defeated Pobeda while Belasica – Sileks and Shkupi – Rabotnichki ended in draws.

photo by FC Shkupi: goalee Risto Jankov sits on the group as the Shkupi players celebrate the goal


Leaders Vardar celebrated over second-placed Akademija Pandev to confirm the difference at the top. Micevski from the spot after half an hour of play and Brdarovski in the second half brought the win for the Red&Blacks by scoring a brace. Vardar is still undefeated and perfect at home while the Academy recorded their third defeat.

Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Vardar – Akademija Pandev 3:0 (1:0)
Goals: 30′ (pen) Darko Micevski, 73′, 84′ Vladica Brdarovski
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)

Shkendija had many problems in the local derby against Renova. With the goal of goalscorer Ibraimi the holders were leading on half-time but two quick goals by Stojanovski after the break silenced the home fans giving Renova a surprising 2:1 lead. Than, it was Renova facing problems as Zuka collected the second yellow card and had to leave the pitch. Defender Bejtulai equalized ten minutes from time with a wonderful striker from around 30 meters.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Renova 2:2 (1:0)
Goals: 23′ Besart Ibraimi, 80′ Egzon Bejtulai – 53′ (pen), 54′ Vlatko Stojanovski
Red cards: 66′ Fisnik Zuka (R)
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)

The local Skopje derby between Shkupi and Rabotnichki ended with the teams splitting the points. The home team took the lead after just eight minutes of play thank to a comedy own goal by the visiting defense. Keeper Jankov and lateral defender Herrera both went on to clear the ball in their box what resulted in the later sending it behind the net. Rabotnichki, who two days ago celebrated its 81st birthday, scored an equalizer through Petkovski halfway through the second half.

Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Rabotnichki 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: 9′ (og) Sebastián Herrera Cardona – 63′ Petar Petkovski
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)

A free kick masterpiece by Bozhinovski scored some ten minutes before the break decided the outcome of the clash between Makedonija GjP and Pobeda. The Lions are still undefeated at home and interesting still haven’t conceded a goal in front of their own fans. Pobeda was in the same situation for their away games, but today’s defeat was their first and the goal conceded was also their first on the road.

Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje
Makedonija GjP – Pobeda 1:0 (1:0)
Goals: 37′ Bobi Bozhinovski
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)

After a goalless first half in Strumica it was visiting Sileks who took the lead through substitute Ivanov who scored 7 minutes after being introduced. Belasica managed to level the score four minutes before the final whistle when Baldovaliev converted a penalty kick. This is the first point for Sileks in their away games this season.

Mladost stadium in Strumica
Belasica – Sileks 1:1 (0:0)
Goals: 85′ (pen) Zoran Baldovaliev – 62′ Dimitar Ivanov
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)

National team break now follows so the first league will be back on the 21st with the Round 10 matches.

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