Macedonian First League – Round 26

Pobeda - MetalurgThe heavy rain brought very hard conditions for the players on the bad pitches in Macedonia, but also brought few interesting matches and results. Sileks surprised Rabotnicki in Skopje, while Pelister finally noted a win after five rounds.

Pobeda Prilep – Metalurg Skopje 1:1 (1:1)
30' Krstev (pen.) – 42' Neno
After the suspensions by UEFA, shocked Pobeda hosted in-form Metalurg who arrived in Prilep to use the current situation and win the points.
But the whole situation didn't have big effect on Pobeda's players who could have taken the lead on the beginning of the match. In the 2nd minute Metalurg's goalkeeper Tasevski went a little up front and Stanojlovic tried to use this chance, but the lobbed ball went above the goal. Ten minutes later, the guest had their first scoring chance, but Spasojevic' header went next to the goal. The real excitements started after 30 minutes when Silva was fouled in the box and a penalty was awared for Pobeda. The experienced captain Mile Krstev took the kick and scored the opening goal. Five minutes later Nestoroski had a great scoring chance but he missed the target. Metalurg punished the hosts in the 42nd minute when Adelcio Abrilio Carlos – Neno scored very nice goal with a long shot from 25 meters.
The second half didn't bring much nice football with one nice chance by Velkoski which was saved by Bozic, but brought tensed atmosphere and three red cards. Pobeda's goalkeeper Bozic and Metalurg's striker Velkoski were sent off because of an brawl, so the defender Obradovic had to act as a goalkeeper in the last 15 minutes. Few minutes later Metalurg's Georgievski earned his second yellow card, so Metalurg finished the match with nine players.
In the last minutes Aceski and Nestoroski had nice chances for Pobeda, while Carlos Neno could have won the points for Metalurg in the 87th minute when in stead of the net he hit the goal post.

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Pelister Bitola – Renova Dzepciste 1:0 (0:0) (report)
83' Delovski
Pelister finally won and escaped from the bottom of the table. After four defeats and a draw, Pelister won the three points and escaped the relegation spot.
After the opening 25 minutes with a slow football, mainly dominated by Renova on the middle of the pitch, the few hundred fans on "Tumbe kafe" stadium saw interesting match with many chances on both sides. Ibraimi and Todorovski had chances for Renova, while Rutevski from free kick, Dimitrovski, Talevski, Spirovski and Glavevski had chances to score for Pelister in the first half.
Renova had their biggest chance in the 72nd minute when Ismaili sent a low cross from the side, but it was missed by Pelister's defence and went towards the goal but the ball was blocked. The biggest excitements happened in the last ten minutes of the match. In the 83rd minute, Dimitrovski sent a cross from the right side and Zlatko Delovski met the ball in the box and scored for Pelister. Pelister's lead probably brought nervous for Renova's players, so Agron Memedi was sent off in the 84th minute because of his kick over Spirovski. Three minutes in the injury time Despotovski scored for Renova, but this goal was disallowed because of a hand play. This decision caused big protests by the guests, but the referees ended the match and Pelister won the three points.

Rabotnicki Skopje – Sileks Kratovo 1:2 (0:0)
69' Filho – 50' 80' Stupić
Sileks made the biggest surprise this round by managing to defeat reigning champions on their own ground.
Both teams had their chances in the first half. In the 27th minute Wandeir found Silva in the box who failed to score from ten meters. Only a minute later, Silva assisted Wandeir but his shot was saved by Sileks' goalkeeper Kosturanov. Sileks had their best chance in the 33rd minute when Dzangarovski's header went above the cross bar.
Five minutes in the second half, Serbian striker Boško Stupić used the big mistake by Rabotnicki's Krstevski and Georgievski and scored in the empty net. Rabotnicki managed to equalize in the 69th minute when Savić sent a cross from the left side to Ze Carlos Gomes Filho who shot and scored for 1:1. But that was all that Rabotnicki managed to do on this match. In the 80th minute, Gligorov assisted Stupić who was left alone and scored his second goal. Sileks didn't stop here as in the 86th minute Stupić could have scored again and in the 89th minute Georgievski saved Temelkov's long shot from a free kick.

Napredok Kicevo – Makedonija GjP Skopje 1:1 (1:1) (report)
8' Levkov – 3' De Brito (pen.)
The heavy rain caused almost impossible conditions to for football in Kicevo. Apart from the excitements in the first minutes, there were no other chances on both side on the empty stadium. After only three minutes, a dubious decision by the referee who whistled for a penalty kick after one player of Makedonija fell in Napredok's box. The Brazilian striker Cesar De Brito took the kick and scored his 11th goal and took the lead in the scorers list. Only five minutes later Blagoj Levkov scored equalizing goal. After this, there were almost no real chances because of the bad pitch condition. Both teams tried with long balls, but failed to create a scoring chance and there were even no shots on goal in the second half.

Horizont Turnovo – Vardar Skopje 1:1 (0:1)
75' Kovacev – 30' Emrulahu

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