Macedonian internationals performances (24-27.05.2019)

Elif Elmas scored a nice goal for Fener, Arijan Ademi assisted three times for Dinamo, Goran Pandev and his Genoa were spared from relegation, Gjoko Zajkov got a crucial red card in the UEL play-off final, while Boban Nikolov and Stefan Ristovski won the won cup trophies in Hungary and Portugal.

photo by Fenerbahçe SK: Elmas celebrates after scoring the goal

Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Partizani – Kukësi 1:1
Egzon Belica played the full game for Partizani, as did Ardian Cuculi for the visitors. Meanwhile, Cuculi’s teammate Edis Malikji was once again not included in Kukësi’s squad.

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League UEL play-off, Antwerp – Charleroi 3:2
Gjoko Zajkov was once again a starter for Charleroi, but this time he turned to be the man of tragedy for his club. Everything started well for Charleroi in the play-off final for the last UEL spot of the Jupiler Pro League, as after only 12 minutes of playtime they had a 2 goals lead against Antwerp. However, it all went drastically downhill in the 20th minute when Zajkov made a big mistake in the defense, which he then tried to repair by pushing the opponent’s player in the penalty box, which did not only bring a penalty for Antwerp but also a direct red card for Gjoko. Antwerp converted the penalty kick to equalize to 2:2, and with a player down from the 20th minute, Charleroi had a tough time to try hold Antwerp to a draw. In the end, they eventually conceded one more goal in the 67th minute and suffered a 3:2 loss which meant no Europa League summer for Zajkov and his club.

Zajkov’s red card (at 1:29):

Bosnia-Herzegovina, BH Telecom Premijer Liga, GOŠK – Sarajevo 0:2
Krste Velkoski played the entire game for Sarajevo in their away win against GOŠK. The match was without importance as this was the last round with Sarajevo already having secured the title while GOŠK is dead-last.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, BH Telecom Premijer Liga, Mladost – Krupa 3:1
Djelil Asani was once again a starter for Mladost but he picked up an injury in the first half and had to be replaced in the 40th minute. The score at the moment was 1:0 and his team went on to win 3:1 against Krupa. His team ended up 6th.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Dinamo – Hajduk 3:1
Arijan Ademi captained Dinamo throughout the entire match and played a crucial role for his club as he assisted all three goals in the 3:1 win against Mirko Ivanovski‘s Hajduk. Ivanovski on the other side, did not make the squad for his club. Dinamo had already won the title, while Hajduk finished 4th and will participate in the Europa League qualifiers.

Ademi’s assists (at 1:45, 4:25 and 4:58)

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Istra – Rudeš 2:0
Agron Rufati played the full game for Istra and helped his team keep a clean sheet in the 2:0 win against relegated Rudeš. It is not over for his team as they will have to win the relegation play-off against Šibenik in order to survive.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Osijek – Inter 3:1
Muzafer Ejupi spent the entire game on Osijek’s bench. His team finished 3rd and booked a place into the Europa League qualifiers.

Croatia, Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga, Slaven Belupo – Rijeka 1:1
Milan Ristovski got a chance for the first time in the starting lineup for Rijeka, and he played until the 81st minute when he got substituted by Liber. Darko Velkovski was also planned to start as well, but he suffered an injury during the warm-up and had to be replaced at last minute. This is a tough blow for Darko who was looking forward to get back to playing, but once again the injuries stood in his way. It remains to be seen how serious the injury is, but there is a big possibility he might also have to withdraw from the national team squad for the upcoming games against Poland and Austria. Anyway, his Rijeka ended up second and will enter the Europa League qualifiers.

Finland, Veikkausliiga, HJK – KPV 3:1
Filip Ivanovski was not part of the matchday squad  for KPV.

Finland, Veikkausliiga, RoPS – SJK 1:1
Damjan Shishkovski was at the home bench.

Hungary, Magyar Kupa, Honvéd – Vidi 1:2
Boban Nikolov played the entire final and helped his team to win the Hungarian Cup. He got booked in the 56th minute. His team changed its name and from next season will be known as Fehérvár.

Boban with the trophy; photo: Boban Nikolov fb

Italy, Serie A, Fiorentina – Genoa 0:0
Goran Pandev played 84 minutes in what turned out to be the most important match for Genoa this season. Genoa needed a point provided Empoli suffered a defeat to Inter and they managed to deliver, thus avoiding relegation this season in the very last round of Serie A. Genoa ended the season with same number of points as Empoli but thanks to their better head-to-head remained in Serie A.

Pandev is being fouled; photo: Genoa CFC

Portugal, Taça de Portugal, Sporting – Porto 1:1 (5:4 p.s.o.)
Stefan Ristovski did not play in the Portuguese Cup final due to a red card suspension, but he witnessed Sporting beat Porto to claim the trophy. It was 1:1 after 90 minutes, then 2:2 after 30 more minutes of extra time, but Sporting prevailed in the penalty shoot-out to win.

Stefan kisses the cup medal; photo: Stefan Ristovski

Romania, Liga I Betano, Dunărea – Gaz Metan 0:1
Filip Gligorov played the whole match for the home team, while Mite Cikarski was unused substitute for Gaz Metan.

Romania, Liga I Betano, Voluntari – Hermannstadt 2:1
Besart Abdurahimi wasn’t summoned by the visiting side.

Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-off, Žilina – Ružomberok 4:2
Tihomir Kostadinov started in midfield for Ružomberok and played till 67th minute when he was replaced by Viktor Jedinák and previously got booked in the 41st minute. Enis Fazlagikj didn’t play for Žilina because of injury as well as Yani Urdinov for Ružomberok. Ružomberok finished 3rd and qualified for the Europa League, while Žilina ended up 4th and will have to enter a play-off for reaching the Europa League.

Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-out, Spartak – Trenčín 0:0
Kire Markoski entered the field for Spartak during the half-time break replacing Austrian international Kubilay Yilmaz. Spartak ended 7th.

Slovakia, Fortuna Liga play-out, ViOn – Nitra 1:0
Tomche Grozdanovski played until the 88th minute for ViOn when he was substituted by Karol Karlík. He picked up a yellow card five minutes from time. His team finished 10th, just above the relegation play-off spot.

Sweden, Allsvenskan, Hammarby – Norrköping 2:2
David Mitov Nilsson watched the match from the visiting bench.

Switzerland, Raiffeisen Super League, Lugano – Grasshoppers 3:3
Nikola Gjorgjev was unused substitute for Grasshoppers. The season ended with Grasshoppers getting relegated as bottom-placed.

Thailand, Toyota Thai Premier League, Buriram United – Muangthong United 1:0
Mario Gjurovski didn’t play for Muangthong.

Turkey, Süper Lig, Konyaspor – Akhisarspor 0:0
Adis Jahovic entered the pitch at 67th minute replacing Malian international Mustapha Yatabaré while his teammate Leonard Zhuta didn’t make the matchday squad. Their Konya finished 7th.

Turkey, Süper Lig, Malatyaspor – Bursaspor 1:2
Jani Atanasov didn’t make the matchday squad for Bursaspor. Bursaspor got relegated to the Turkish second league.

Turkey, Süper Lig, Fenerbahçe – Antalyaspor 3:1
Elif Elmas played entire game for Fenerbahçe and scored the second goal for his team at 69th minute. It was his fourth goal this season. Elmas’team finished on the 6th place which is great having in mind that all season they were near the bottom.

Elif’s goal (at 0:49):

Ukraine, Prem’yer-liha play-out, Desna – Arsenal 1:0
Stefan Jevtoski is still out of Arsenal’s squad due to injury.

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