Macedonian First League – Round 28

 The win for Sileks away to Vardar and the three draws marked the 28th round of the Macedonian first league. Rabotnicki defeated Milano, Turnovo held Renova and the points were also shared on the matches between the teams fighting against relegation.

Vardar Skopje – Sileks Kratovo 0:2 (0:1)
10' Stupic, 55' Gligorov
For the second time in a week, Sileks' players left the national arena Philip II of Macedon with three points. Last week they defeated Rabotnicki and today they celebrated against Vardar.
After only ten minutes, Sileks shocked the few hundred fans on the stadium. After a mistake by Vardar's defence, Boško Stupić received the ball in the box and scored for 0:1. Vardar had a nice chance to equalize in the 20th minute when Belcev sent a cross from the right side but Jancevski failed to score with head. The only other serious chance for Vardar happened in the 35h minute when Ejupi sent nice long shot from the left side, but Sileks' goalkeeper blocked it in corner.
In the 50th minute Emurlahu had an attempt from 17 meters bu the ball went over the cross bar. And then Sileks shocked the "anemic" Vardar again. Belcev made a terrible mistake in the box when he tried to return a ball to Pacovski, but Sileks' captain Gligor Gligorov stole that ball and scored for 0:2. Vardar's coach Tasevski threw everything on attack and made few changes in the squad. The only bright spot was the 17-years-old Aleksandar Pandovski who refreshed Vardar's play in the second half, but it wasn't enough. The hosts had no idea how to enter the box and tried with long balls and crosses towards the box, but they failed in every attempt. Emurlahu had another chance on ten minutes before the end when he shot from 25 meters, but the ball went just over the bar.
Vardar had a chance to get closer to Milano on the 3rd position, a position that takes in UEFA Europa League next season, but with the defeat they stayed on four points behind. With the win today, Sileks made the only move on the table in this round and they are now placed 7th with four points above the play-out zone.

Rabotnicki Skopje – Milano Kumanovo 2:0 (1:0)
23' Filho, 60' Wandeir
Rabotnicki are slowly going out of the small crisis after the defeats in the last two rounds. 
The first 20 minutes of the match went with no chances and no shots on both goals but Rabotnicki managed to use some of their rare chances later. In the 23rd minute, Wandeir assisted Ze Carlos Gomes Filho who took the hosts in lead. In the 37th minute Savić had good chance to double the lead but Brando managed to block his shot. Milano had their only serious chance in the last minute of the first half but Georgievski saved Gashi's attempt.
The second half started similar as the first half with not so entertaining football and not many chances on both sides. In the 60th minute, Wandeir used one mistake by Milano's defence when they tried to set an offside trap, ran alone in front of Nuredinoski and scored for 2:0. Ten minutes later, Liridon Kukaj made a foul from behind and earned a red card, same as on the first match between Rabotnicki and Milano when he broke Aksentiev's leg. With a two goal lead and a player more, Rabotnicki played the last 20 minutes with a calm play. Wandeir in the 85th minute had another chance to score when he came out alone with Nuredinoski but he missed the goal.

Pelister Bitola – Metalurg Skopje 2:2 (1:1) (report)
45' Dimitrovski (pen.), 53' Rutevski – 28' Popovski, 61' Doknić
Pelister and Metalurg played a very interesting match in Bitola. Both teams needed the points in the battle against relegation and they shared them with a draw after an leveled play.
In the first part of the first half, both teams had attempts on the goal from long shots but Petkovski for Pelister and Stefanović, Neno and Ilijoski were not successful. The scoreline was changed in the 28th minute when Doknić with a cross from the right found Aleksandar Popovski in front of the goal who scored for 0:1. Few minutes later Popovski assisted Ilijoski who came out alone in front of Pelister's goalkeeper, but Nikov saved. Metalurg dominated in the middle of the pitch in the second part of the first half and controlled their lead, but Pelister punished them for one of their mistakes in the last minute. Rutevski sent a long ball to Dimitrovski in the box who was pulled by his shirt by Vajs and the referee whistled for a penalty kick. Dragan Dimitrovski took the penalty kick and equalized the score.
Eight minutes in the second half, the fans on Tumbe Kafe saw the most beautiful moment on the match when Blagojce Ruteski dribbled Metalurg's defence, entered the box and scored nice goal for Pelister's 2:1 lead. But the hosts didn't hold their lead for long as in the 61st minute Vladimir Doknić shot from the edge of the box and placed the ball in the lower left corner. There were few more chances on both goals, but after the leveled play on both sides with 11 shots on the goal, by both teams, the final score was the most realistic outcome of this match.

Napredok Kicevo – Pobeda Prilep 1:1 (1:0) (report)
10' Levkov (pen.) – 83' Krstev
The match between Napredok and Pobeda was another match which is one of the crucial for the relegation this season and with this draw, Napredok are losing their chances for survival in the league.
Napredok were close to win the three points as they had the lead in the biggest part of the match. In the 10th minute, Cvetanovski was fouled by Pobeda's goalkeeper Božić and a penalty was awarded for Napredok. Blagoj Levkov took the penalty and scored his 11th goals this season and joined De Brito and Gligorovski on the top of the scorers list. Only two minutes later, Pobeda had their biggest chance to score on this match when Nestoroski from close range shot directly in the goalkeeper Karamacoski.
Same as in the first half, Napredok had more of the ball posession in the second half. They created few chances, but Levkov and Cvetanovski failed to score. Seven minutes before the end of the match, Pobeda punished Napredok when after a free kick, a long ball was sent in the box where Mile Krstev used it and set the final score.

Horizont Turnovo – Renova Dzepciste 1:1 (1:0)
27' Kovacev – 73' Ibraimi

Makedonija GjP are free this round.

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