1.MFL overview of Round 22 (Video)

Both Vardar and Shkendija got defeated as Renova and Borec made surprises, Rabotnichki continued the great form with Akademija Pandev being their newest victim, Sileks beat Makedonija GjP with a penalty goal, while Shkupi celebrated in Struga.

photo by KF Shkendija Tetovo: the desperate Besart Ibraimi reacts after Borec’s second goal

Leaders Vardar visited relegation struggling Renova looking for new points in the title battle against Shkendija. However, they came back home empty handed. Early in the 5th minute keeper Filip Gachevski brought down striker Bojan Miovski and the hosts got a penalty that was converted by Argjent Gaduri. Vardar could not equalize and in the second half again Miovski was fouled in the box, this time by Ukrainian defender Yevhen Novak. Again Gafuri was better then Gachevski and doubled the lead. Renova did won thanks to two penalty goals, but Vardar today was unrecognizable and the defeat was well deserved. The host recorded their third win in a row.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Vardar 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 5′ (pen), 62′ (pen) Argjent Gafuri
Referee: Marjan Gocevski (Strumica)

Vardar’s defeat gave runners-up Shkendija a big chance to come close on just 5 points as they visited dead last Borec. However, they recorded even worse defeat then Vardar. Borec played like they were the holders and not Shkendija. Twice Serbian attacker Radović in the first half, then Brazilian Fernando Silva with a lovely free kick goal before Croat goalscorer Prelčec scored for a stunning 4:0 lead. Huge points for Borec in the battle for avoiding relegation, although they are still bottom-placed, but at least now joined the other above them. In the last ten minutes the visitors managed to pull back two goals, both coming from captain Alimi to make the defeat more honorable.

Zoran Paunov stadium in Veles
Borec – Shkendija 4:2 (2:0)
Goals: 12′, 40′ Nikola Radović, 72′ Fernando Silva, 78′ Nikola Prelčec – 80′, 90’+2 Armend Alimi
Referee: Marjan Mladenovski (Skopje)

Rabotnichki is the most in form team this second half-season so far. Yesterday again they confirmed their great run with a win over Akademija Pandev. On the other hand, Pandev’s lads are now 11 matches without a win and even the manager change did not help them. The game winning goal came some ten minutes after the break when Sebastián Herrera with a long ball served defender Viktor Velkoski who as if he was a goalscorer reacted greatly sending the ball into the net.

National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Akademija Pandev 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 56′ Viktor Velkoski
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)

Sileks did not let Makedonija GjP to claim a point in Kratovo and with an early penalty goal grabbed the points. Since Shkendiaj lost Sileks is now tied at the second place.

Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Makedonija GjP 1:0 (1:0)
Goals: 9′ (pen) Ivan Ivanovski
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)

Due to a flooded field, the match in Struga between the hosts and Shkupje started a bit late. Shkupi took a two goal lead in the opening half with the hosts managing to pull one back just before the break. However, a red card 12 minutes after the break downed the hosts to 10 men and made Shkupi’s job to keep the lead easier.

Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Struga – Shkupi 1:2 (1:2)
Goals: 41′ (pen) Nijas Lena – 19′ Oumar Goudiaby, 30′ (pen) Serginho
Red cards: 57′ Abdulhadi Jahja (S)
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)

The next round is right this Wednesday.

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