Rather quiet weekend for the Macedonian internationals across Europe as Marko Simonovski was the only one to score a goal, Elif Elmas and Napoli reached the Italian Cup final, while Kire Ristevski scored an unfortunate own goal.
photo by FC Voluntari: Goal scorer Marko Simonovski in action against Academica Clinceni
Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Kukësi – Flamurtari 4:1
Edis Malikji played the full game for the hosts who destroyed Flamurtari by 4:1.
Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Partizani – Luftëtari 8:1
Egzon Belica made the start for Partizani and got substituted after the halftime break, when the hosts already had a comfortable 4:1 lead. But unlike Belica, his young teammate Besnik Ferati did not get a chance to play as he remained the entire match on the substitute’s bench. Partizani went on to score 8 goals in total to make a massive defeat over Luftëtari.
Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Skënderbeu – Laçi 1:1
Agon Elezi got a chance from the start for the hosts and he went on to play the full 90 minutes. He also picked up a yellow card at the end of the first halftime. Unlike him, his teammate Artim Polozhani did not get summoned for this round.
Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Teuta – Tirana 1:0
As usual, Blagoja Todorovski played another full game for Teuta while Bobi Celeski was once again their backup goalkeeper. Todorovski also got booked in the 30th minute.
Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Vllaznia – Bylis 2:2
Goalie Andreja Efremov and defenders Mevlan Adili and Filip Gligorov all played the entire game for Vllaznia in the draw against Bylis, while their teammate Simeon Hristov did not get summoned for this match.
Armenia, Bardzraguyn Khumb play-off, Lori – Alashkert 0:2
Risto Mitrevski played the entire game for the visitors and helped them win and keep a clean sheet. Alashkert has now climbed on the second position at the table but there is only 2 points gap from them to the 5th ranked team in the league, so every win and every point in this championship round is from crucial importance.
Armenia, Bardzraguyn Khumb play-off, Noah – Ararat-Armenia 1:1
After playing two full matches in the last 7 days, Aleksandar Damchevski was rested for this encounter and he remained an unused substitute.
Armenia, Bardzraguyn Khumb play-out, Gandzasar – Pyunik 1:0
Right back Antonio Stankov started the game on Pyunik’s bench and entered the field in the 60th minute, while his teammate Denis Mahmudov did not make the squad for this encounter against Gandzasar. This was the third consecutive game that Mahmudov was sidelined by Pyunik.
Austria, Bundesliga, Rapid – Wolfsberg 2:1
Adrian Hajdari did not make the match day squad for Rapid.
Bulgaria, Parva Liga, Etar – Dunav Ruse 5:3
Aleksandar Isaevski did not get summoned by Dunav Ruse for the encounter against Etar which ended with a total of 8 scored goals.
Bulgaria, Parva Liga, Slavia – Beroe 2:4
Darko Tasevski remains sidelined by Slavia due to his injury. It is very unlikely that he returns to action before the end of this season.
Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Lokomotiva – Dinamo 1:0
Captain Arijan Ademi played another full game for Dinamo as they suffered a somewhat unexpected loss to Lokomotiva. Nonetheless, Dinamo has a very stable lead on top of the table (17 points ahead of the second placed team) so this loss shouldn’t cause any concern.
Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Istra – Hajduk 0:1
Agron Rufati remained once again an unused substitute for Istra.
Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Slaven Belupo – Osijek 0:0
Todor Todoroski was back in Osijek’s matchday squad in the encounter against Slaven Belupo, but he remained an unused substitute.
Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Varaždin – Rijeka 0:0
Darko Velkovski returned to action for Rijeka (after being sidelined the last round due to a minor injury) and helped his team to keep a clean sheet, but they failed to win against outsider Varaždin. Rijeka is in a very close battle with Hajduk for the second place in the league (which leads to Champions League qualifiers) so every dropped point may be crucial for the final outcome.
Czech Republic, Fortuna Liga, Karviná – Mlada Boleslav 2:2
Kire Markoski was once again not included in Karviná’s squad.
Germany, 2.Bundesliga, Karlsruhe – Stuttgart 2:1
Darko Churlinov got left out from Stuttgart’s matchday squad as they suffered a disappointing loss to their old rivals – Karlsruhe. This set Stuttgart back as they now dropped to the third position on the table, which only leads to promotion play-off rather than direct promotion to the Bundesliga.
Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Kaposvár – Diósgyör 3:0
Mirko Ivanovski made the start for the visitors and got substituted after the halftime break. Mirko also picked up a yellow card.
Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Fehérvár – Újpest 2:2
Visar Musliu wasn’t part of the hosts squad, while his teammate Boban Nikolov opened on the bench and played the last quarter hour. On the other side Kire Ristevski as usual played the entire game and also received a yellow card in the 73rd minute. Kire netted a goal the last round, so he did also this round, but unfortunately it was an own goal which opened the score in the 41st minute. Eventually the game ended in a draw.
Kire’s own goal (beginning of the video):
Italy, Coppa Italia, Napoli – Inter 1:1
Elif Elmas made the start for Napoli and played for 65 minutes in the draw against Inter that was sufficient for Napoli to win the semi-final (2:1 on aggregate). Elmas and his teammates will be facing Juventus in the big final of the Italian cup.
Poland, Ekstraklasa, Jagiellonia – Piast 0:2
Dejan Iliev was once again sidelined by Jagiellonia due to his muscle injury. Dejan is expected to return to training normally the upcoming week.
Portugal, Liga NOS, Sporting – Paços 1:0
Stefan Ristovski returned to Sporting’s squad for this encounter but remained an unused substitute.
Romania, Liga I Betano play-out, Voluntari – Academica Clinceni 3:0
Marko Simonovski made the start for Voluntari and opened the score of the game in the 21st minute with a nice header. This was Simonovski’s third goal this season in Romania. He went on to play for 72 minutes and his club won the game by 3:0 in the end.
Simonovski’s goal (at 0:17):
Serbia, Linglong Tire SuperLiga, Radnik – Radnički 2:4
Zoran Danoski made the start for Radnik and played for 69 minutes, while his teammate Boban Georgiev did not get summoned for this match. For the visitors, Radnički captain Aleksandar Todorovski did not make the matchday squad for a second consecutive game.
Serbia, Linglong Tire SuperLiga, Rad – Voždovac 0:2
Young striker Marko Gjorgjievski watched from the bench as his teammates defeated Rad by 0:2.
Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-off, Slovan – Ružomberok 1:0
Tihomir Kostadinov played the entire game for Ružomberok as they faced the current table leaders – Slovan. The hosts ended up winning the game through a lone goal scored in the final minutes of the match.
Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-off, Žilina – Spartak 2:1
Enis Fazlagikj did not make the squad for the hosts.
Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-out, Senica – Sereď 1:1
Central midfielder Filip Duranski played the full 90 minutes for the visitors in the 1:1 draw against Senica.
Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-out, ViOn Zlaté Moravce – Nitra 2:1
Striker Milan Ristovski played another full match for Nitra as they suffered a narrow defeat against Tomche Grozdanovski‘s ViOn. Unlike Milan, Tomche did not get any playing time in this encounter as he remained an unused substitute.
Slovenia, Prva Liga, Rudar – Bravo 1:3
Besart Abdurahimi remained an unused substitute for Bravo.
Slovenia, Prva Liga, Triglav – Domžale 1:1
Midfielder Zeni Husmani made another start for Domžale and played for 63 minutes.
Spain, Primera División, Valencia – Levante 1:1
Enis Bardhi made another start for Levante and played for 74 minutes. Both goals of the game were scored in the final minutes of the match as the Valenciano derby ended in a draw.
Spain, Primera División, Mallorca – Barcelona 0:4
Aleksandar Trajkovski finally returned to Mallorca’s squad for the encounter against Barcelona, but once again he did not get any playing time as he remained the entire match on the bench. Mallorca ended up losing 0:4 against the big favorites and league leaders – Barcelona.
Spain, Segunda División, Cádiz – Rayo Vallecano 1:1
Stole Dimitrievski was on goal for Rayo and conceded one goal in the draw away to Cádiz.
Sweden, Allsvenskan, Malmö – Mjällby 2:0
Besard Shabovikj started the new Swedish season with full 90 minutes for Mjällby. His team however lost 2:0 to Malmö.
Sweden, Allsvenskan, Helsingborg – Varbergs BoIS 0:3
Daniel Krezikj made the start for Varbergs BoIS and played for 79 minutes as a LWB until he go substituted. He also picked up a yellow card in the 60th minute. Daniel started the season with a solid 0:3 away win to Helsingborg.
Turkey, Süper Lig, Gençlerbirliği – Atiker Konyaspor 2:1
Erdon Daci started the game on Konyaspor’s bench and entered the pitch in the 87th minute to play the final moments of the game. Meanwhile, Daci’s teammate Leonard Zhuta remains to be sidelined from the squad.
Turkey, Süper Lig, Beşiktaş – Antalyaspor 1:2
As usual, Adis Jahovikj was once again the starting striker for Antalyaspor. He went on to play for 84 minutes when the coach decided to make a tactical substitution by replacing him with a defender in order to protect the lead in the final stage of the game.