Return leg of the UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round. The Macedonian champion is probably already eliminated, but will try to get a better result and why not a goodbye win.
Today at 20.45 at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon will start the return leg of the clash between the champions of neighbours Macedonia and Serbia. Shkendija failed to get a promising result in the first leg away in Belgrade as they got trashed with 4:0 with a good first half result of 0:0 when Ferhan Hasani even missed a penalty.
Belgian champion Genk is waiting in the 3rd round as the hope dies last, even the smallest. Partizan will try to score first as therefore the winner will be already known as Shkendija will have to score 6 goals. On the other hand, the Macedonians will have to attack from the very beginning and with an early goal they can make the match interesting for the fans and the neutral viewers.
Again, no away fans are allowed. Just to remind, both clubs decided to ban the entrance for the visiting fans in order to avoid troubles on the stands. But, Partizan is knows to have many fans in Macedonia, mainly among the Serbian minority and it will be difficult for the police to stop them entering the Philip II stadium. Therefore, Shkendija’s board decided to sell tickets even to away fans but they will be stopped from entering the stadium if they are dressed in Partizan’s colors of have any item that has resemblence to the Serbian champion. Also, Partizan’s board asked their supporters in Macedonia not to attend the game although this is their chance to see the team live.
Again, Partizan will be without the Macedonian national team player Aleksandar Lazevski who is still in out with an injury. Shkendija will be missing Ilir Elmazovski who picked up an injury. There are no secrets for the first eleven as Kjatip Osmani already announced the starting line-up: Suat Zendeli (gk); Ardian Cuculi, Sedat Berisa, Vladimir Nikitović, Medzit Neziri; Nebi Mustafi, Muhamed Huseini, Izair Emini, Eljmedin Redzepi; Ferhan Hasani, Ersen Sali. Redzepi is also a bit injured, so if he can’t play than Jasir Selmani will take his place.
Referee of the game will be Ovidiu Alin Hategan from Romania. The tickets are already available with a prize of 300 Denars for the North and South stand and 200 Denars for the West stand, while the East stand is reserved for the ultras group Ballistët. The game will be broadcasted live on AlsatM TV.