Pelister is closer to relegation after getting smashed at Skopje, a direct rival who eventually escaped the bottom place. Pobeda collected huge points against Shkendija, Vardar eventually won under Babunski, Renova beat Akademija Pandev, Rabotnichki and Shkupi shared the point.
photo by FC Shkupi: Rabotnichki is defending a corner kick from Shkupi
The pride of Bitola is again in a very bad situation. Today they visited bottom-placed side of Skopje in a hope that they can win the points in order to save the club from a third relegation. But the game went downhill for them right from the start. The second minute just had started when Benjamin Demir was fouled in the box by Bojan Ilievski. Aleksovski converted the penalty bringing an early lead.
Later the same half Congolese international Joël Bopesu twice took a perfect corner kick which resulted into goals. First it was Togolese winger who seized the occasion to double the lead, while later Cameroonian defender Ousseini Mounpain put the visitors into despair.
Pelister had a colossal chance to get back in game just before the half-time whistle, but Petar Ljamchevski somehow managed to miss on an empty goal from a close range.
In the 60th minute Filip Petkovski had a great chance to make it 4:0. He went one on one with the keeper Darko Atanasovski, but the visitor was more successful denying the home captain a goal.
If Pelister had even a slightest hope for somehow getting back, all of that died with Todorovski’s unlucky own goal in the 68th minute.
Skopje and Pelister are now equal on points but the later took over the bottom place due to worst goal-difference and head to head record. Still, both are in the relegation zone.
Avtokomanda stadium in Skopje
Skopje – Pelister 4:0 (3:0)
Goals: 2′ (pen) Gjoko Aleksovski, 27′ Dosseh Koffi, 38′ Ousseini Mounpain, 68′ (og) Goce Todorovski
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)
Third from behind Pobeda welcomed the new champions in Strumica and recorded a much needed and important win. Obviously the visitors weren’t preoccupied with the final score allowing Pobeda to clinch the points, very important in the battle for escaping the last two places. Pobeda is now four points ahead of Skopje and Pelister.
Mladost stadium in Strumica
Pobeda – Shkendija 2:1 (1:1)
Goals: 39′ Zoran Danoski, 80′ (pen) Filip Najdovski – 44′ Besart Ibraimi
Referee: Marjan Markoski (Ohrid)
Vardar recorded only defeat since new manager Boban Babunski took over, but that bad run got stopped today in Kratovo. With two goals scored in the opening twenty minutes, the red&blacks denied Sileks to put in question their second place. The last half an hour Vardar played with ten men due to the expulsion of Goran Popov, but Sileks failed to punish that.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Vardar 0:2 (0:2)
Goals: 14′ Goran Popov, 19′ Besar Iseni
Red cards: 59′ Goran Popov, 90’+1 Dejan Blazhevski (V)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)
Rabotnichki and Shkupi shared the points in a match featuring one goal on each side. Angelov brought the lead for the home team after just 13 minutes of play, while Jasharoski scored the equalized six minutes after the break. No team managed to add a winner in the rest of the game.
National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Shkupi 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: 13′ Viktor Angelov – 51′ Alen Jasharoski
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
Renova defeated Akademija Pandev in Tetovo and most probably put an end to all fears regarding the possible relegation. The current standing say that Renova is actually back in game for the Europa League spot as they are now only two points behind Rabotnichki.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Akademija Pandev 2:1 (0:0)
Goals: 69′ Nenad Mishkovski, 75′ Valjmir Nafiu – 85′ Daniel Milovanovikj
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)