Antalya friendly matches roundup

Six Macedonian top league clubs spent their winter preparations in the popular Turkish sports resort of Antalya. Here is how they performed in the friendly matches.

photo by Crvena Zvezda: team photo of Sileks and Crvena Zvezda before their encounter.

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Those 6 teams (listed by order of current standings) happen to be the top 6 on the table. By Monday, every club would have returned to Macedonia. They played a total of 30 friendlies in Turkey accumulating 7 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses.

 

Leaders Shkendija played 4 matches recording 1 defeat, 2 wins and a draw.

1:2 vs. Zürich Switzerland
4:1
vs. Olimpik Ukraine
0:0 vs. Dinamo Croatia
2:0 vs. Qəbələ Azerbaijan

National team teammates Arijan Ademi and Ferhan Hasani captained their teams as they faced in Turkey; photo: KF Shkendija

 

Holders Vardar was among the most active teams playing 6 games. They celebrated 3 times, lost 2 and draw once.

0:2 vs. Pakhtakor Uzbekistan
1:0 vs. Beroe Bulgaria
0:1 vs. Chornomorets Ukraine
3:0 vs. Zagłębie Poland
2:2 vs. Slovácko Czechia
1:0 vs. Dukla Czechia

Vanja Markovič, Tigran Barseghyan, Boban Grncharov and Juan Felipe in Vardar’s wall against Dukla; photo: FK Vardar

 

Third-placed Sileks also played 6 matches recording 3 defeats, 2 draws and only 1 win. Half of their games were against Russian teams.

0:3 vs. Orenburg Russia
1:2 vs. Luch-Energiya Russia
1:1 vs. Arka Poland
3:0 vs. Neftçi Azerbaijan
1:1 vs. Crvena Zvezda Serbia
0:1 vs. Kuban Russia

 

Akademija Pandev, like Vardar and Sileks, played 6 games, but they failed to win recording 4 loses and 2 draws. Each time they played they faced an opponent from different country.

0:1 vs. Yenisey Russia
1:4 vs. Cracovia Poland
0:1 vs. Mladost Lučani Serbia
1:1 vs. Sumqayıt Azerbaijan
0:3 vs. Prishtina Kosovo
2:2 vs. Daejeon Citizen South Korea

Players of Akademija Pandev and Yenisey shake hands before the game; photo: FK Akademija Pandev

 

Rabotnichki played only 3 friendly games in Turkey, the lowest of all. Winless as well, with 2 defeats and a draw.

1:2 vs. Qəbələ Azerbaijan
0:1 vs. Keşlə Azerbaijan
1:1 vs. Mariupol Ukraine

Moment of the game between Mariupol and Rabotnichki; photo: FK Mariupol

 

Shkupi had trouble scoring. In the 5 games they failed to score on 3 recording 3 draws, 1 win and 1 defeat.

0:0 vs. Qarabağ Azerbaijan
0:0 vs. Stal Ukraine
0:2 vs. Čelik Bosnia-Herzegovina
1:1 vs. Chornomorets Ukraine
2:1 vs. Okzhetpes Kazakhstan

Players of Shkupi celebrate Stephan Vujčić’s goal against Chornomorets; photo: FC Shkupi

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