Pelister and Vardar shared the points with the most unpopular result, bottom-placed Skopje held leaders Shkendija, another draw happened between Rabotnichki and Akademija Pandev, while Sileks and Renova defeated Pobeda and Shkupi.
photo by FK Pelister: a smoke-show by the home fans briefly interrupted the derby in Bitola
Title holders Vardar visited Pelister in Bitola in the biggest Macedonian derby. The visitors were slightly better, but at the end the points got shared. Probably the biggest scoring chance came in the 67th minute for Vardar. Russian international Maksim Maksimov fired a shot from the edge of the box, but only hit the post. On the rebound action Tigran Barseghyan had a header attempt that got saved by Ilche Petrovski. The home keeper took the player of the match award as in the fourth minute of the injury time made another remarkable save. Dejan Blazhevski found Barseghyan in the box who once again tried with a header, but Petrovski showed great reflex.
Pod Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola
Pelister – Vardar 0:0
Referee: Faton Mustafi (Tetovo)
Leaders Shkendija simply couldn’t break the defense of last-placed Skopje who is on an unbeaten run of 7 matches including this one today. The popular Pirates were even hunting the whole three points on this match especially after the visitors were left with ten men. In the 53rd minute Mevlan Adili made a kick-box tackle on Ousseini Mounpain and received his second yellow card. Ten minutes before the final whistle home captain Filip Petkovski had in interesting attempt when he tried to lob Kostadin Zahov from a 30 meter distance, but his shot missed the target by centimeters. Despite having a player less, Shkendija was trying to win the points while Skopje was mostly defending and trying to lose time. In the last minute of the injury time Besart Ibraimi took a free kick but his good shot was saved by Spasoje Stefanović. A point against the best team this season is a great success for the struggling team of Skopje.
Avtokomanda stadium in Skopje
Skopje – Shkendija 0:0
Red cards: 53′ Mevlan Adili (Sh)
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)
Rabotnichki hosted Akademija Pandev in the third game that ended in a draw. The visitors from Strumica took the lead nine minutes before the break thanks to a goal by Atanaskoski, while the home side equalized twenty minutes from time through their winter signing Sharkoski who came from Pobeda.
Petar Miloshevski stadium in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Akademija Pandev 1:1 (0:1)
Goals: 70′ Nikolche Sharkoski – 36′ David Atanaskoski
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
A lone goal scored halfway through the first half by Serbian international Dejan Blagojević gave the lead to Sileks over relegation struggling Pobeda. At the end it was enough for a win and cementing the third place.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Pobeda 1:0 (1:0)
Goals: 26′ Dejan Blagojević
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)
Renova collected very important three points for their battle for avoiding relegation. They defeated underperforming Shkupi who despite the bad form isn’t going near the relegation zone only thanks to the zone teams who don’t win points.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Shkupi 3:1 (2:0)
Goals: 14′, 36′ Vlatko Stojanovski, 57′ Medjit Neziri – 51′ Kristijan Stojkoski
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)