Macedonia will be without representative in the European Champions League after the elimination of the Macedonian champion Pobeda from Prilep. In the second match away to the Estonian Levadia from Tallinn, Pobeda only drew 0:0 and Levadia qualified for the next stage after the 0:1 win in Prilep.
Konstantin Nahk’s first-leg free-kick in a sweltering Macedonia last week ultimately proved enough to give the Estonian capital club a dream tie with FK Crvena Zvezda. The visitors could not find the goal they needed to at least take the tie into extra time and their profligacy in front of the net meant Levadia won through to the second qualifying round for only the second time in their history – something no other team from their country has ever managed.
Pobeda had nothing to lose on this match and were attacing on Levadia's goal. They were slight better side although they traveled to Estonia without some of their best players who stayed in Macedonia because injuries and suspensions. Pobeda's chances for qualifying to the next round ended in the 46th minute when Dameski was sent off.
And again Macedonia and their representatives finish their journeys in the European competition very quick. The shame is even bigger if we know that Levadia Tallinn was the first Estonian team to qualify in the next round for the second time in their history and the first Estonian club that ever eliminated a club from the Balkans in some European competition. That's how the matches with Crvena Zvezda and some other bigger European clubs will stay just in the dreams of the Macedonian football players and fans.