Midweek internationals performances (17-19.04 ’18)

Only Samir Fazli managed to find the back of the net, Goran Pandev recorded an assist against Roma, Ilija Nestorovski got injured, while Stefan Ristovski and Tihomir Kostadinov will fight for the cup trophies in Portugal and Slovakia after successfully eliminating their semifinal rivals.

photo by Sporting CP: Stefan Ristovski (L) in a duel with Porto’s Yacine Brahimi

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Albania, Kupa e Shqipërisë, Flamurtari – Skënderbeu 0:2 (1:2 agg.)
All five Macedonians started for the home side: Artim Polozhani, Goran Siljanovski, Muhamed Useini, Muarem Muarem and Fisnik Zuka. Despite having won on the road in the first leg, Flamurtari lost at home and missed to qualify for the final.

Albania, Kupa e Shqipërisë, Kukësi – Laçi 1:1 (1:1 agg.)
Valon Ethemi was on the home bench. His team failed to reach the final after being eliminated on the away goal rule as the first leg ended goalless.

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League play-off, Club Brugge – Charleroi 6:0
Gjoko Zajkov played the entire match in the visiting back line. Disatrous result for his team who got humiliated by the table leaders.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kup Bosne i Hercegovine, Sloboda – Željezničar 1:4 (1:4 agg.)
Aleksandar Lazevski played the whole game for Sloboda who after a goalless first leg got heavily defeated at home and face elimination in the semi-final.

Bulgaria, Parva Liga, Dunav Ruse – Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1:0
Vancho Trajanov started for Loko and featured until the 57th minute when Eliton took his place. The lone goal was already scored at that moment.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Dinamo – Osijek 0:1
Arijan Ademi captained the table leaders throughout the whole game, while Muzafer Ejupi wasn’t part of the visiting team that made a huge surprise.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Slaven Belupo – Inter 3:3
Tome Kitanovski played the full 90 minutes for Slaven while his teammate Mirko Ivanovski missed this match due to a yellow card suspension. Slaven had a 3:0 lead from the 22nd minute, but conceded three goals with the last being a penalty goal deep into the injury time.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Istra 1961 – Rijeka 0:1
Leonard Zhuta played the whole match for the winning side, while his teammate Milan Ristovski wasn’t summoned.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Rudeš – Lokomotiva 1:2
Samir Fazli brought the lead to the home team early in the 15th minute and featured the entire match. His team got defeated with two penalty goals scored in the second half.

Samir’s goal (at 0:17):

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Hajduk – Cibalia 4:0
Armend Dalipi wasn’t called up by the visitors.

Cyprus, Kýpello Kýprou, AEK – APOEL 2:0
Daniel Mojsov and Ivan Trichkovski are close to reach the cup final on Cyprus as their team has a great advantage from the first leg. Mojsov played the whole game and got booked in the first minute after the break, while Trichko was substituted three minutes from time by Joan Tomàs.

Finland, Veikkausliiga, KuPS – RoPS 0:1
Filip Ivanovski came in instead Simo Roiha in the 61st minute when his team still hadn’t scored the winner.

Hungary, Magyar Kupa, Újpest – Balmazújváros 2:1
Remzifaik Selmani wasn’t summoned by the home side who celebrated a win in the first semi-final match.

Italy, Serie A, Roma – Genoa 2:1
Goran Pandev stealed a ball and perfectly assisted to Gianluca Lapadula for Genoa’s goal in the 61st minute after Roma was leading 2:0. Just two minutes after his assist Pandev was taken off for Isaac Cofie.

Pandev’s assist (at 0:39):

Italy, Serie B, Cittadella – Palermo 0:0
Both Ilija Nestorovski and Aleksandar Trajkovski started for Palermo who fourth game in a row can’t win. Nestorovski got injured and after only 29 minute had to be substituted with Antonio La Gumina, while Trajkovski played the whole game. Ilija strained a muscle in the right leg and may miss the rest of the season.

Japan, YBC Levain Cup, Tōkyō – Yokohama F·Marinos 2:2
David Babunski played only the first half as Kaina Yoshio took his place. His Yokohama was 2:0 down at the time.

Babunski during the game; photo: FC Yokohama F·Marinos

Kazakhstan, Qazaqstan Kwbogı, Tobol – Zhetysu 1:0
Vanche Shikov played the entire match as his Tobol advanced into the quarter-finals.

Shikov (white) during the game; photo: FK Tobol

Portugal, Taça de Portugal, Sporting – Porto 1:0, 5:4 p.s.o.
Stefan Ristovski was introduced in the 72nd minute instead of Cristiano Piccini. His team scored the necessary goal five minutes from time to send the match into extra time. Since no goals were scored penalty kicks decided the winner. Ristovski wasn’t among the takers. In the final he and Sporting will face Aves.

Slovakia, Slovenský Pohár, Žilina – Ružomberok 0:0 (1:2 agg.)
Tihomir Kostadinov entered the field in the 68th minute taking the place of Róbert Gešnábel. His team managed to defend the first leg lead and advance in the final where will face the famous Slovan from Bratislava.

Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Domžale – Celje 1:0
Both Zeni Husmani and Agim Ibraimi started for the home side. Husmani played the whole game, while Ibrami was substituted by Petar Franjić in the 72nd minute. Four minutes after that sub came the winning goal.

Spain, Primera División, Levante – Malaga 1:0
Enis Bardhi remained on the home bench.

Sweden, Allsvenskan, Hammarby – Norrköping 2:1
David Mitov Nilsson is still with an injury.

Switzerland, Challenge League, Aarau – Xamax 2:2
Nikola Gjorgjev got a chance to play in the 69th minute when he replaced Gilles Yapi-Yapo. The very next minute his team equalized on 2:2.

Turkey, Türkiye Kupası, Fenerbahçe – Beşiktaş 0:0 abandoned
Elif Elmas wasn’t summoned for this return semi-final leg that never saw its end. It was interrupted in the 62nd minute when the visiting manager was hit with an object thrown by the home fans.

Ukraine, Kubok Ukrayiny, Shakhtar – Mariupol 5:1
Besir Demiri played the whole match in which his team failed to reach the final as it got smashed by the mighty Shakhtar.

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