1.MFL overview of Round 26 (Video)

Skopje stunned Pobeda to tie on points with Pelister whose players got food poisoning on their way to Skopje so their match against Shkupi got postponed. Rabotnichki beat Sileks under new manager Jovanovski, Shkendija smashed Renova, while Akademija Pandev and Vardar shared the points.

photo by FK Rabotnichki: the Reds celebrate Kirovski’s goal

Shkupi will have to wait a bit more for their come back at the Chair stadium. Their game involving Pelister never kicked-off as 15 of the visiting players got food poisoning during their travel to Skopje. The pullman stopped in Veles to make a break where the players had their lunch, but shortly after consuming the food most of them started to feel bad and were immediately transported into the nearest hospital. Since 15 of the players were poisoned, Pelister asked the Football federation of Macedonia to postpone the game. After receiving prove by the hospital, FFM accepted the request and the match got officially postponed.

Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Pelister postponed
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)

A real battle for avoiding relegation took place on neutral field in Strumica where Pobeda hosted bottom-placed Skopje, the team that is actually playing in great form and is undefeated this second half-season. Skopje seized an occasion in the 33rd minute and took the lead through captain Filip Petkovski.

Pobeda was trying to equalize and missed some good chances in the second half. In the 79th minute Filip Najdovski almost scored but Hristijan Pecov kicked the ball from the goal-line. Just four minutes later Jordancho Naumovski took great free kick only to hit the crossbar.

Mladost stadium in Strumica
Pobeda – Skopje 0:1 (0:1)
Goals: 33′ Filip Petkovski
Red cards: 90’+2 Benjamin Demir (S)
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)

Rabotnichki’s new manager Gjore Jovanovski started with a win over Sileks. After half an hour the Reds took the lead thanks to a mistake by visiting keeper Milan Mitrović. He jumped to catch a ball but suddenly dropped it, Viktor Angelov reacted quickly passing it to Hristijan Kirovski to could not miss on an empty net. The final score was settled deep into the stoppage time when Nigerian striker Geoffrey Chinedu scored on a counter attack.

Kirovski’s opener:

Petar Miloshevski stadium in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Sileks 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 30′ Hristijan Kirovski, 90’+3 Geoffrey Chinedu
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)

Everything that happened in the match between Akademija Pandev was in just four minutes. The home side took the lead through U21 national team player Konstantin Cheshmedjiev who scored on the rebound, but only few minutes later Cameroonian Clarence Bitang sent a good ball in the box where Russian striker Maksim Maksimov equalized on a header.

Kukush stadium in Turnovo
Akademija Pandev – Vardar 1:1 (0:0)
Goals: 50′ Konstantin Cheshmedjiev – 53′ Maksim Maksimov
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)

Leaders Shkendija easily than expected celebrated over neighbors Renova. Radeski and Shefiti scored a brace each as Renova got smashed with five goals to null.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Renova 5:0 (3:0)
Goals: 23′ Izair Emini, 31′, 72′ Marjan Radeski, 40′, 76′ Shefit Shefiti
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)

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