A minimal win with a goal conceded for Rabitnichki in the first leg in the Europa League match up with Hungarian side Honvéd.
photo by Filip Zdraveski: Honvéd attacking in the first half
Equal start from both sides with no chances in the opening 15 minutes. Rabotnichki controlled the play without letting the Hungarian oпponent to come close.
Great counter attack by the Reds in the 34th minute for breaking the dead lock. Captain Stjepanovikj recovered a ball in his half, passed to Peev who sent a through ball for Petar Petkovski. The shortest player on the field got one on one with the visiting keeper, beating him for a 1:0 lead.
The visitors equalized in the last minute before the break. Uzoma passed the ball to Gergő Nagy who from around thirty meters fired a precise shot into the top left corner leaving Bozhinovski powerless.
Fifteen minutes into the second half Rabotnichki again took the lead. Joël Bopesu and Ljubomir Stevanović well combined few passes down the left flank with Stevanović ending it in a cross into the box where Nikolche Sharkoski scored with his left foot on a half volley strike.
Colossal chance for the home side missed Stević in the 81st minute when he fall short on an empty goal. Just a minute later substitute Filip Petkovski also could have scored but failed to dribble the Hungarian keeper.
Petar Miloshevski stadium in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Honvéd 2:1 (1:1)
Goals: 34′ Petar Petkovski 60′ Nikolche Sharkoski – 45’+1 Gergő Nagy
Rabotnichki: 1. Bozhinovski; 6. Herrera, 23. Najdovski, 4. Mitrev, 17. Stević; 11. Bopesu, 10. Stjepanovikj (C), 14. Peev; 8. Stevanović (88′ 5. Sadiki); 7. P. Petkovski (79′ 9. Chinedu), 20. Sharkoski (70′ 99. F. Petkovski).
Honvéd: 99. Gróf; 3. Uzoma (72′ 33. Kukoč), 7. Batik, 26. Škvorc, 13. Heffler; 6. Gazdag, 9. Vadócz, 24. Kamber (C), 77. Nagy (86′ 21. Bamba); 96. Lukács (67′ 22. Májer), 19. Danilo.
Yellow cards: Stjepanovikj, Herrera (R), Batik (H)
Red cards: /
Referee: Kristo Tohver
Assistants: Neeme Neemlaid & Aron Härsing
Fourth official: Tomi Rahula
Rabotnichki will travel to Hungary with a 2:1 lead on the return leg next Tuesday.