Interesting matches were played in 29th round of the Macedonian first league this weekend when all matches ended with home win. Milano defeated Vardar in the battle for Europe and Pobeda with an overturn defeated Pelister in the battle for avoiding relegation in
Milano Kumanovo – Vardar Skopje 1:0 (0:0) (report)
Milano defeated Vardar in the most interesting match of this round which had big importance for the third position on the table which takes in the UEFA Europa League next season.
The highly motivated hosts started attacking from the beginning of the match and had their first big chance in the third minute when Gligorovski came alone in front of Pacovski who managed to save his shot.Six minutes later, Gligorovski again got in the box from the right, but this time he passed to Lazarevski on the left side who missed the goal. Vardar had the only goalscoring chance in the 23rd minute when Gligorov sent a shot directly from the corner, but Nuredinoski saved it.
The biggest excitement of this match happened on the beginning of the second half. Only 10 seconds elapsed as Milano kicked off the second half and Alimi ran in front from the right side and sent a cross towards the box where Ivica Gligorovski with a header kick scored his 12th goal this season and took the lead in the scorers list. Few minutes later, Gligorovski was close to score his second goal when he took a free kick from 25 meters, but he hit the post. After the lead, Milano lowered the tempo and controlled their lead with a slow play. Vardar had efectless attacks which were no big threat for Milano's goal and the match ended with final 1:0.
With this win Milano won important points which take them on seven points advantage in front of Vardar who are losing the battle for playing in Europe next season.
Pobeda Prilep – Pelister Bitola 2:1 (0:1)
76' Krstev, 85' Aceski – 6' Dimitrovski
The formerly well known derby of Pelagonija, this time was called derby of the bottom. Only thousand fans went on the "Goce Delcev" stadium in Prilep to watch the match which was important for both teams in the battle for avoiding relegation.
Pelister's Dragan Dimitrovski brought big shock for the home fans in the 8th minute when after one fast counter attack he took the guest in lead with his goal scored with head. After this goal, Pobeda made big pressure towards Pelister's goal, but failed to produce and good goal scoring chances. Tripunovski's long shot in the 19th minute was saved by Petrovski, while Bozic on the other side saved two good chances for Glavevski and Dimitrovski towards the end of the first half.
Again in the second half, Pobeda made pressure towards Pelister's goal and desperately tried to equalize. Pelister pulled back and tried to defend their lead but this showed to be as bad decision decision as they failed to resist on Pobeda's pressure. In the 76th minute, Mile Krstev took a free kick from 30 meters and equalized the score with a nice shot. Five minutes before the end of the match, after a fast attack from the left side, Nove Aceski sent a nice lob shot which ended in Pelister's net for final 2:1.
Renova Dzepciste – Rabotnicki Skopje 1:0 (1:0)
Renova and Rabotnicki played interesting match in Tetovo. Both teams played fast and attacking football and created many chances, but failed to use them and score more goals.
Renova had more pressure over Rabotnicki's goal, but the guests succesfully managed to stop their attacks. This match will definitely be marked by the fantastic goal scored by Besart Ibraimi. Renova had a free kick in the last seconds of the first half and Stanković only lifted the ball for Ibraimi who sent strong shot from 30 meters and scored.
Rabotnicki went more in attack in the second half, but the Savić and Fabio Silva failed to use their chances. Ibraimi also threatened towards Rabotnicki's goal, but Naumovski saved his shots.
Sileks Kratovo – Napredok Kicevo 4:2 (1:1)
36' Markovski, 64' Temelkov, 70' Andonov, 90' Đorđević – 11' Stepanoski, 83' Dzangarovski (o.g.)
Another very interesting match with six goals was played in Kratovo where Sileks won important points for avoiding the play-out zone.
The guests took the lead with the goal by Kire Stepanovski but Blagojce Markovski equalized before the half time. Aleksandar Temelkov took Sileks in lead and Dusko Andonov scored the third goal in the 70th minute. Sileks scored another goal, but this time Toni Dzangarovski scored in his own net and returned the doubt for the winner, but serbian striker Vladica Đorđević confirmed the win in the last minute of the match.
Makedonija GjP Skopje – Horizont Turnovo 1:0 (0:0)
Harder then expected, leaders Makedonija defeated Turnovo and kept the eight point advantage over second placed Renova on four rounds before the end of the season.
The hosts had the complete control of the match and dominated in the 90 minutes but failed to score from the numerous chances they created in front of Turnovo's goal until the 85th minute. Turnovo's former member Nikolce Kleckaroski used one of the chances and scored the winning goal.
Metalurg were free this round.