In ‘the final before the final’ Vardar and Shkendija played an exciting match that ended in a 2:2 draw.
Shkendija players celebrating a goal, photo: KF Shkendija
Vardar and Shkendija played an exciting match in which the visitors had a 2:0 lead but at the end Vardar could have easily won the match. Imeri opened the score with a magnificient goal in the 8th minute of the match and three minutes before the break Ibraimi doubled Shkendija’s lead. In the meantime the visitors stayed with one player less on the field because Albanian international Mici was sent off in the 34th minute. During the second half Vardar played much better and managed to score twice through the substitute Kolevski in the 72nd minute and through Brazilian international Juninho who scored the equalizer in the 80th minute of the match. Which team will advance to the quarterfinals will be decided in their rematch in Tetovo.
Pelister missed a chance to defeat Rabotnichki. The hosts took the lead through Glavevski in the 39th minute but Sharkoski equalized in the 64th minute with a beautiful lob shot. In the 79th minute Pelister’s captain Blagoja Ljamchevski missed a penalty kick. He hit the bar of the visitors goal.
The last year Cup winner Akademija Pandev easily defeated Osogovo while Labunishta won the second league clash against their neighbor Ohrid and will have two-goal advantage ahead of the rematch in Ohrid.
Renova celebrated a victory against Tikvesh, in an incredible finish in Kavadarci. The nets rested until 88th minute when Zuka opened the score and just two minutes later Selmani dashed the home team’s hope of continuing their Cup adventure.
Bregalnica is the only team from a lower league that managed to win against the rival from the Macedonian First league. They beat Makedonija GjP with the lone goal scored by Gorgiev in the first half.
There were no goals in the matches Shkupi – Sileks and Borec – Struga.
Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Labunishta – Ohrid 2:0 (1:0)
11′ (og) Martin Lekoski, 50′ Klime Dalcheski
Referee: Bobi Velichkov (Veles)
National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje
Vardar – Shkendija 2:2 (0:2)
72′ Kolevski, 80′ Juninho – 8′ Imeri, 42′ Ibraimi
Red card: 90+1 Darko Micevski (V), 34′ Gledi Mici (Ss)
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)
Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Sileks 0:0
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)
Zoran Paunov stadium in Veles
Borec – Struga 0:0
Referee: Marjan Mladenovski (Skopje)
Blagoj Istatov stadium in Strumica
Akademija Pandev – Osogovo 3:0 (1:0)
23′ 49′ Gjorgi Stoilov 47′ Marko Rajkovikj
Referee: Furkan Idrizi (Tetovo)
Pod Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola
Pelister – Rabotnichki 1:1 (1:0)
39′ Blagojche Glavevski – 64′ Nikola Sharkoski
Referee: Marjan Stojanoski (Kichevo)
Gradski stadium in Shtip
Bregalnica – Makedonija GjP 1:0 (1:0)
41′ Pepi Gorgiev
Red card: 67′ Blagoja Spirkoski (M)
Referee: Vasko Mavrov (Strumica)
Gradski stadium in Kavadarci
Tikvesh – Renova 0:2 (0:0)
88′ Remzifaik Selmani, 90′ Fisnik Zuka
Red cards: 87′ Valon Neziri (R) – bench
Referee: Albrim Shakjiri (Struga)
The return legs are scheduled for October 30th.