Metalurg played their fourth friendly during their preparations and suffered a 3:0 loss away to Partizan.
Metalurg made the drive to Belgrade to take on the defending Serbian champions Partizan but they suffered a 3:0 loss during a friendly which was Metalurg’s first loss during their four friendly games. Metalurg won their previous three friendlies by beating both Renova and Sileks 2:0 while they won 3:1 in their third friendly against Horizont Turnovo. Metalurg is preparing for their matchup against Lokomotiv Sofia in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League while Partizan will take on the Macedonian champions Shkendija during the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Partizan scored the three goals in the 15th, 33rd, and 80th minute to record the victory. During their preparations, Partizan also faced another Macedonian club in Rabotnicki and they won that friendly game 5:1.
This was the starting 11 for Metalurg: Pavlović – Memedi, Petkovski, Kralevski, Dragović – Mitrev, Krstev, Zaharievski – Nacevski, Ejupi, Ilijoski.
Also played: Blagoja and Petar Ljamcevski, Medić, Tenekedziev, Simonovski.