1.MFL overview of Round 20 (Video)

Comfortable wins for Shkendija and Vardar, thriller match in Bitola as Pelister beat Rabotnichki, Skopje earned a point at Akademija Pandev.

photo by KF Shkendija: Ardijan Cuculi celebrates his goal

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Akademija Pandev seems like is still on a winter break. After they got smashed away to Shkupi last round, now they failed to beat relegation favorites Skopje. The visitors defended with all players on the field and managed to grab a point by playing a goalless draw.

Kukush stadium in Turnovo
Akademija Pandev – Skopje 0:0
Goals: /
Akademija Pandev: 1. Vujanac; 3. Atanaskoski, 4. Dimov, 5. Iliev, 7. Ivanov (66′ 20. Markov), 22. Grifoni, 77. Cheshmedjiev, 8. Stoilov, 19. Pandev (C), 9. Mishov (56′ 18. Velinovski), 28. Baldovaliev (75′ 17. Krstovski).
Skopje: Stefanović; 3. Bopesu, 6. Lichina, 16. Pecov, 14. Mounpain, 7. Janevski (90′ 2. Kocev), 8. Aleksovski, 10. Desnikj, 11. Koffi (85′ 17. Demir), 9. Petkovski (C), 18. Nastevski.
Yellow cards: Stoilov, Cheshmedjiev (AP), Bolesy (S)
Red cards:
Referee: Faton Mustafi (Tetovo)

Rabotnichki took an early lead in Bitola through new signing Kirovski after a great pass by Herrera. Later Pelister turned around the result in a span of just 4 minutes. First Manevski converted a penalty kick to equalize, while Ilijovski brought the lead. There were no changes until the last minutes of the match. First Rabotnichki tied through Nigerian striker Chinedu in the 84th minute, but Pelister brought back the lead just three minutes later thanks to substitute Trifunovski who scored a nice goal.

Pelister’s winner:

Pod Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola
Pelister – Rabotnichki 3:2 (2:1)
Goals: 24′ (pen) Borche Manevski, 28′ Riste Ilijovski, 87′ Ive Trifunovski – 3′ Hristijan Kirovski, 84′ Charles Georfrey Chinedu
Pelister: 25. Da. Ristevski; 4. Todorovski (C), 5. Dragarski, 15. Ilievski, 21. Markoski, 23. Ljamchevski (58′ 22. Trifunovski), 8. Naumoski (83′ 85. Markovski), 9. Milenkovski, 10. Konjarski, 77. Manevski (90′ 19. Nedanoski).
Rabotnichki: 1. Bozhinovski; 6. Herrera, 5. Sadiki, 14. Krmar (46′ 9. Chinedu), 26. Lazarov, 55. Krasniqi (73′ 20. Sharkoski), 10. Stjepanovikj, 24. Trajchevski (C), 8. Duranski (81′ 22. Asani), 11. Velinov, 21. Kirovski.
Yellow cards: Markoski, Naumoski, Trifunovski (P), Duranski (R)
Red cards:
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)

Vardar had no problems with Pobeda. Before the break Armenian attacker Barseghyan finally broke the dead lock thanks to Juan Felipe. In the second half Toshevski dribbled past Danoski and served Maksimov . The Russian was in a position from when it was impossible to miss and doubled the lead. In the last minute Glishikj assisted to Maksimov who scored his second, this time in a great style.

National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Vardar – Pobeda 3:0 (1:0)
Goals: 38′ Tigran Barseghyan, 73′ Maksim Maksimov
Vardar: 90. Gachevski; 32. Glishikj, 21. Novak, 6. Grncharov (C), 2. Toshevski; 16. Gligorov, 8. Marković (68′ 5. Bitang); 70. Juan Felipe; 9. Blazhevski (67′ 72. Maksimov), 24. Popzlatanov, 11. Barseghyan (81′ 33. Iseni).
Pobeda: 12. Jovanoski; Jaćimović, 3. Danoski, 5. Najdovski, 16. Loga (63′ 21. Naumoski), 15. Krsteski (C), 22. Velkoski, 18. Trajkoski (53′ 9. Geshoski), 7. Ivanović, 10. Aceski, 11. Karcheski (46′ 17. Isaevski).
Yellow cards: Grncharov (V), Jaćimović, Najdovski (P)
Red cards:
Referee: Petar Mantev (Negotino)

The derby of this round took place in the Madjari neighborhood instead in Chair. Defender Cuculi netted a header after a corner kick by Hasani to bring Shkendija the half-time lead. A second goal scored by Hasani brought down the morale of the home players and at the end with a third goal the defeat became disastrous.

Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Shkendija 0:3 (0:1)
Goals: 33′ Ardian Cuculi, 79′ Ferhan Hasani, 88′ Besart Ibraimi
Shkupi: 1. Zendeli (C); 7. Ljamchevski, 16. Krivanjeva, 5. Bajrami, 4. Malikji (69′ 8. Shabani); 10. Adem; 89. Jasharoski (86′ 11. Ismailji), 14. Broja, 23. Stojkoski, 10. Imeri (58′ 19. Vujčić); 18. Ilijoski.
Shkendija: 1. Zahov; 6. Cuculi, 15. Musliu, 33. Adili; 18. Stênio Júnior (90’+3 3. Wakili), 8. Totre, 5. Alimi, 77. Todorovski (60′ 16. Murati); 10. Hasani (C), 7. Ibraimi, 14. Radeski (90’+2 22. Fazlagikj).
Yellow cards: Bajrami, Zendeli (Su), Hasani, Adili (Se)
Red cards:
Referee: Marjan Gocevski (Strumica)

The lone game played on Saturday was between Renova and Sileks, It ended in a goalless draw.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Sileks 0:0
Goals: /
Renova: 41. Kobetić; 18. Mishkovski, 5. Kostov, 6. Neziri, 29. Cvetanoski (74′ 8. Jusufi), 7. Sadiki, 23. Nafiu (78′ 15. Gafuri), 16. Stojanovski, 17. Fernando Silva (62′ 21. Kadriu), 10. Nuhi (C), 11. Velija.
Sileks: 27. Mitrović; 3. Blagojević, 4. Gucev, 5. Stojchevski, 13. F. Gligorov, 14. G. Gligorov (C) (85′ 7. Georgiev), 23. Filipović, 21. Tanushev, 16. Panovski, 9. Đorđević (82′ 99. Bujchevski), 10. Filipovski (54′ 45′ Aleksovski).
Yellow cards: Stojanovski, Jusufi (R), Gucev (S)
Red cards: /
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)

1.MFL 2017/18

PosClubPtsPWDLFAGD
1913629431012774
2563616812534112
3523614101250437
4513613121151465
550361311123037-7
642361012144347-4
741361011153653-17
83836108183656-20
93536714152443-19
103436810183768-31
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