Rabotnichki and HJK played a 0:0 draw in a cautious and rather uneventful match leaving things to be decided in a week in Helsinki.
Rabotnichki were by no means outplayed here although the better chances of the match fell to the away team. Both teams played carefully and no team was dominating the match completely. Both teams were even playing in a similar formation and after the first 90 minutes in Skopje we can conclude that Rabotnichki, although will have a hard task, can progress to the next round as HJK did not impress in Skopje.
The best chance of the first half came in the additional time when HJK’s Lod had an attempt from close range but Shishkovski made a great save denying the ball into corner. Earlier, the same player fired another shot but again Shishkovski blocked the ball. In the first part of the second half, Rabotnichki played more organized and had couple of chances but none of them was serious enough to pose problems.
In the last minutes, Rabotnichki had a chance to score a valuable goal through Markoski and later Sulejmanov but both chances failed and it could be said they were lucky not to concede as Kandji had a fast counter attack but the result remained 0:0
National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Helsingin JK 0:0
Rabotnichki: Shishkovski; Siljanovski, Ilievski, Najdoski, Milushev; Vujčić (90’+2 Bojku), Petrovikj (c), Avramovski (77′ Trajchevski); Sulejmanov, Markoski, Anene (52′ Todorovski).
Helsinki: Tørnes, Heikkinen, Lampi, Moren, Väyrynen, Savage, Tainio (c), Alho (71′ Schüller), Sorsa, Lod, Kandji.
Referee: Tamás Bognar (Hungary)
Yellow cards: Najdoski, Siljanovski, Vujčić (R)
Red cards: /