Cup: surprises in the quarter-final opening legs (Video)

Pobeda with a stunning road advantage over holders Shkendija, Belasica beat Sileks away, Akademija Pandev as expected defeated Korabi, while Makedonija GjP edged Rabotnichki.

photo by Zlatko Topkoski: moment of Makedonija GjP – Rabotnichki

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The biggest surprise happened in Tetovo where cup and league holders Shkendija got defeated by Pobeda in front of its own fans. Cameroonian international Yannick Makota stunned the home team in the 19th minute scoring only his second goal of this season with the previous also being in a cup match.

Shkendija could not find the back of the visiting net and thing got even more complicated just minute into the second half when defender Bejtulai collected his second yellow card. Without top goalscorer Besart Ibraimi who got injured couple of days ago, Shkendija’s front line seemed handicapped.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Pobeda 0:1 (0:1)
Goals: 19′ Yannick Makota Ngalle
Red cards: 46′ Egzon Bejtulai (Sh)
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)

Belasica is with one leg already in the semis after celebrating away to Sileks in Kratovo with a great result of 2:0. The Kangaroos scored both goals after the break with the second being from the spot. This is a great advantage for the upcoming return leg in Strumica.

Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Belasica 0:2 (0:0)
Goals: 57′ Stefan Sulev, 75′ (pen) Zoran Baldovaliev
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)

The only second league side Korabi was no match for Akademija Pandev but did manage to score a goal on the road. The 3:1 win for the Academy seems good enough, but that conceded goal can boost the morale for the Korabi players in the return leg in Debar.

Kukush stadium in Turnovo
Akademija Pandev – Korabi 3:1 (2:1)
Goals: 7′ Filip Mihailov, 34′ Sashko Pandev, 5a’ Ljupcho Doriev – 40′ Bleron Mucha
Referee: Aleksandar Grujoski (Kichevo)

A local derby took place in Skopje where Makedonija GjP hosted Rabotnichki. The winner was decided with a goal scored shortly after the break by Brazilian international Robson. Tanturovski had a great chance to double the lead but his great shot from distance hit the crossbar. It is a very active result and we will surely witness an exiting return leg at the Philip II Arena.

Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje
Makedonija GjP – Rabotnichki 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 47′ Robson da silva
Referee: Vasko Mavrov (Strumica)

The return legs are scheduled for 5 December when we will find out which four teams will compete in the semifinals next spring.

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