Renova from Dzepciste, the first Macedonian representative in the European competitions this season, failed to defeat the Belarus side Dinamo Minsk and are eliminated from the UEFA Europa League.
Arena Filip II – Skopje
Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Renova – Dinamo Minsk
1:1(1:1) (2:3 agg.)
12′ Ibraimi – 38′ Kislyak (pen.)
Dinamo Minsk: Gorbunov, Lebedev, Chukhlei, Kislyak (51′ Mbanangoye), Pavlyukovich, Putilo (71′ Stankovich), Montaroup, Veretilo, Shkabara (30′ Gigevich), Saraba, Gurenko.
About 4000 fans arrived on the stadium in Skopje to give support to the first Macedonian representative in the European competitions this season. The big heat and the 30 celsius degrees were big advantage for Renova, but the Dinamo had the advantage of 2:1 from the first match. This advantage for the guests from Minsk allowed them to play more cautious at the beginning of the match, so there were no real excitements in the first ten minutes of the match. After 12 minutes of play, Pavlyukovich had the first chance for Dinamo Minsk, but he missed the chance and his team was punished. Renova took a fast counter attack and Statovci sent a cross ball to Besart Ibraimi who didn’t miss his chance and scored nice header-goal for 1:0.
The current result was adequate for Renova to qualify for the next stage and they started playing more cautious. This gave space for Dinamo Minsk to attack more and they had two corner kicks but with no effect. Memedi had one chance for Renova in the 28th minute when he got the ball in the box, but missed the target. Dinamo Minsk had their biggest chance so far in the 30th minute when Renova’s defenders gave much space to Putilo and he came close from the side, but his shot went over the goal.
Big shock happened in the 37th minute when Gigevich entered the box from the left side and Renova’s defender pulled him down in the box, so the referee whistled for a penalty kick. Syarhey Kislyak took the penalty kick and equalized to 1:1 and that was the final score of the first 45 minutes.
The result from the first half brought Dinamo Minsk again in advantage and in the first minutes of the second half they were in position to play slow and defensive football and keep control the of the result. On some occasions Dinamo even defended with ten men in their half, so Renova failed to organize any serious attack.
The newly entered Mbanangoye gave more freshness to Dinamo’s play and they managed to create few chances, mainly from counter attack. In one of these attacks, Lebedev scored a goal for Dinamo, but this goal was disallowed because of offside position. Besart Ibraimi on the other side was the most dangerous player in Renova’s squad but Ibraimi’s attempts in the 58th and 68th minutes were blocked and Dinamo’s goal was saved.
Dinamo Minsk had another dangerous counter attack in the 77th minute when Lebedev and Gigevich brought the ball very fast in Renova’s box but Mbanangoye didn’t use this chance. Lebedev and Chukhlei had the chance to seal Dinamo’s victory in the 80th and 86th minute, but the goalkeeper Kovačević managed to save their shots.
Renova had their last chances in the final minutes of the match, but Ali and Memedi failed to make more dangerous threats on Dinamo’s goal and the match ended with final 1:1 and a result that eliminated Macedonian club Renova from the UEFA Europa League.