Macedonian internationals performances

Armend Alimi (L) during the Ermis vs. Anorthosis game; photo: a number of leagues across the world either finished for the season or on their winter break, it was another slow weekend for Macedonian players based abroad.  Instead, this weekend’s performances were marked by two bad misses.  Goran Pandev had a penalty attempt saved against his former club Inter, while Jovan Kostovski missed a sitter from close range in Belgium.

Italy, Serie A, Napoli – Inter 4:2
Goran Pandev started on the bench for Napoli before he made a late appearance in the 90th minute to replace Anthony Réveillère.  Moments later, Pandev was brought down inside the area by Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia, leading to a penalty for Napoli.  Pandev and his teammate Lorenzo Insigne discussed who to take the penalty, but Pandev eventually won out to take the spot kick.  However, Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovič saved Pandev’s penalty and the ball then went out for a corner.

The penalty miss by Pandev:

Italy, Serie A, Parma – Cagliari 0:0
Agim Ibraimi was an unused substitute for Cagliari.

Italy, Serie B, Latina – Crotone 2:3
Stefan Ristovski was not included in the Latina squad due to a thigh injury.  The expectation is that Ristovski will miss around a month with his thigh injury to his right leg.

Germany, 1.Bundesliga, Mainz – Borussia Mönchengladbach 0:0
Nikolche Noveski played all 90 minutes for Mainz and was part of a defense that kept a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

England, Barclays Premier League, Cardiff City – West Brom 1:0
Goran Popov was not among the 18 players called up by West Brom.

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Mechelen – Waasland-Beveren 0:0
Tome Pachovski played from the start for Mechelen and kept a clean sheet, while his teammate Aleksandar Trajkovski was an unused substitute.  For Waasland-Beveren, meanwhile, Ivan Trichkovski also stayed on the bench for the entirety of the match.

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, OH Leuven – Oostende 1:2
Jovan Kostovski started in attack for OH Leuven and played until the 73rd minute when he was substituted by Thomas Azevedo.  Kostovski had a big chance in the 19th minute, but he skied his effort over the goal from close range.

The bad miss by Kostovski (at 0:45):

Romania, Liga I Bergenbier, Ceahlăul – Steaua București 0:2
Daniel Georgievski was not included in the matchday squad by Steaua București.

Romania, Liga I Bergenbier, Astra – Viitorul 2:0
Mirko Ivanovski was an unused substitute for Astra, while Boban Nikolov started for Viitorul and played until the 82nd minute when he was substituted by Răzvan Marin.

Romania, Liga I Bergenbier, Dinamo București – Poli Timișoara 4:0
Kristijan Naumovski stayed on the bench for Dinamo București as the #2 keeper behind Cristian Bălgrădean.

Switzerland, Raiffeisen Super League, Young Boys – St. Gallen 1:0
Muhamed Demiri started in defensive midfield for St. Gallen and played until the 79th minute when he was substituted by Marco Franin.

Spain, Segunda Division, Real Murcia – Barcelona B 3:1
David Babunski was not included in the 18 player matchday squad by Barcelona B.

Austria, tipp 3 Bundesliga, Sturm Graz – Grödig 2:2
Aleksandar Todorovski remains out with a long term injury for Sturm Graz.

Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Khazar Lankaran – Ravan 1:0
Nikola Gligorov opened on the bench for Khazar Lankaran before he was introduced in the 84th minute to replace Deyvid Sacconi.

Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Inter Bakı – Sumgayit 2:0
Ilcho Naumoski was not included in the 18 player squad by Inter Bakı, while his teammate Slavcho Georgievski played all 90 minutes in defensive midfield.

Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Neftçi – Gabala 2:1
Igor Mitreski was an unused substitute for Neftçi who needed a goal deep into stoppage time of the 90th minute to narrowly edge Gabala.

Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Bakı – Qarabağ 2:1
Muarem Muarem played the entire game for Qarabağ in central midfield, while keeper Edin Nuredinoski was not summoned in the matchday squad of Bakı.

Cyprus, First Division Championship, Ermis – Anorthosis 0:0
Armend Alimi played all 90 minutes for Ermis in the goalless home draw against Anorthosis.  Alimi had a good chance in the 87th minute, but his effort went just wide of the goal.

Netherlands, Eredivisie, Zwolle – Heerenveen 1:2
Samir Fazli was not included in the Heerenveen squad due to an injury.

Netherlands, Eerste Divisie, VVV-Venlo – MVV Maastricht 2:0
Antonio Stankov did not feature for MVV Maastricht in their road defeat against VVV-Venlo.

Georgia, Umaglesi Liga, Dinamo Tbilisi – WIT Georgia 0:1
Darko Glishikj was an unused substitute for Dinamo Tbilisi who suffered a tough loss by conceding the lone goal in the 90th minute.

Bulgaria, A Group, CSKA Sofia – Lyubimets 7:0
Hristijan Kirovski was an unused substitute for CSKA Sofia.

Bulgaria, A Group, Beroe – Pirin 2:1
Dragi Kocev was not included in the matchday squad by Pirin.

Greece, Football League, Kerkyra – Ethnikos Gazoros 1:0
Both Zoran Baldovaliev of Kerkyra and Ivan Nastevski of Ethnikos Gazoros played the entire game for their respective teams.  The lone and what proved to be game winning goal was scored by Kerkyra early in the 4th minute through a converted penalty kick.

Greece, Football League, Aiginiakos – Zakynthos 3:0
Cvetan Churlinov did not play for Aiginiakos, while his teammate Ivan Mitrov got the start in midfield and played until the 63rd minute when he was replaced by Dimitrios Petkakis.

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