1.MFL overview of Round 35 (Video)

Shkendija received the trophy as celebration took place in their hometown of Tetovo, Makedonija GjP and Rabotnichki escaped relegation, Belasica got relegated, while Sileks’ fate will be decided in the last round as they can theoretically leave Renova in the play-out.

photo by andikëndi: the fans of Shkendija celebrate the title prior to kick-off

Rabotnichki celebrated in Strumica and sent Belasica in the second league. A lone goal by Ackovski hammered the home team who had to at least win a point to keep their salvation hopes alive. But they never found the back of the visiting net and next season will head back to the 2.MFL East. Belasica next round faces Sileks who is three points away, but since Sileks is better in the head-to-head record even a win for Belasica won’t change anything.

Mladost stadium in Strumica
Belasica – Rabotnichki 0:1 (0:1)
Goals: 38′ Krostijan Ackovski
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)

Cup finalist Makedonija GjP had a tough match before Wednesday’s final. A direct clash with relegation rivals Sileks. The Lions managed to win with two before break goals and book a place for next season. They now have three points more than Sileks, but they have a better head-to-head record so they can relax next week. On the other hand, thanks to Belasica’s defeat Sileks is save from direct relegation and will most probably end up in the play-out. There is hope to avoid that as well, but in order for that to happen they have to beat Belasica next week and Renova to lose by Shkendija.

Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje
Makedonija GjP – Sileks 2:0 (2:0)
Goals: 30′ Dejan Tanturovski, 44′ Hristijan Kirovski
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)

Entertaining match was played between Shkupi and Renova, two rivals for the fourth place, the potential Europa Legaue spot. The hosts took an early lead and before the break top goalscorer Stojanovski got two quick booking leaving the visitors with ten men. But for his absence not to be noticed took care Ramadani who with his brace after the break silenced the home crowed. Just a minute later Shkupi managed to equalize.

This point keeps Renova is game for that UEL spot, but also leaves it vulnerable for the relegation play-off. If they lose in the last round against Shkendija and Sileks beats Belasica, Renova can end up 8th as they have a worse head-to-head record with Sileks (1 win, 1 defeat and 2 draws) thanks to the away goal rule.

Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Renova 2:2 (1:0)
Goals: 9′ Serginho, 60′ Berat Jonathan Ustabaşı – 52′, 59′ Emran Ramadani
Red cards: 44′ Vlatko Stojanovski (R)
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)

Akademija Pandev visited champions Shkendija with their mind already at Wednesday’s Cup final. The match was without any importance for both sides and it served only for the home team to celebrate the title. They eventually received the first league trophy after the final whistle.

Highlights & receiving trophy:

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Akademija Pandev 4:1 (1:0)
Goals: 26′, 84′ Arbin Zejnulai, 51′ Ennur Totre, 67′ Stênio Júnior – 52′ Kristijan Ivanov
Referee: Aleksandar Grujoski (Kichevo)

Vardar had absolutely no problems with relegated Pobeda. it was more like a friendly for both sides with the hosts training their finishing skills especially Popzlatanov who celebrated a hat-trick.

Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Vardar – Pobeda 6:0 (4:0)
Goals: 18′, 37′, 46′ Jovan Popzlatanov, 32′ darko Micevski, 43′ Bojan Kolevski, 48′ Juan Felipe
Referee: Marjan Gocevski (Strumica)

1.MFL 2018/19

Champions League | qualifiers
Europa League | qualifiers
Play-out |
Relegation | 2.MFL

Head-to-heads records:

Sileks vs. Belasica:
Sileks wins the tie regardless of last match.

Makedonija GjP vs. Sileks:
Makedonija GjP wins the tie.

Renova vs. Sileks:
Sileks wins the tie on away goals rule since the 1:1 draw was at Renova’s.

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