Nikolche Noveski returned to the Mainz starting lineup for his 250th appearance in the German Bundesliga, Arijan Ademi netted the opening goal in Dinamo Zagreb’s important win over rival Rijeka, Daniel Georgievski scored on a stunning strike for Melbourne Victory, while Ferhan Hasani grabbed the game winner for Brøndby in his first action in over three months due to a long-term injury.
Germany, Bundesliga, Hamburg – Mainz 2:1
Nikolche Noveski played all 90 minutes for Mainz in central defense, while Valmir Nafiu was not among the 18 players called up by Hamburg. Noveski was back in the starting lineup for the first time since late August (that happened to be the opening round of the season). Nikolche was rusty as he was directly at fault for both Hamburg goals. On the first goal, Noveski failed in his attempt to clear the ball, leading to a goal by Cléber of Hamburg. Meanwhile, on the second goal, the referee awarded the home side a penalty after a cross struck Noveski’s hand inside the area. Rafael van der Vaart converted the spot kick to put the game away as Mainz could only muster a late consolation goal. This was Noveski’s 250th appearance in the German Bundesliga, 249 of those coming with Mainz (his other one came with Hansa Rostock).
Turkey, Spor Toto Süper Lig, Galatasaray – Akhisar Belediyespor 2:1
Goran Pandev was not summoned in the matchday squad by Galatasaray.
Italy, Serie A, Parma – Lazio 1:2
Stefan Ristovski was an unused substitute for Parma. On Sunday, it was also announced that Parma would be getting new owners (the group features businessmen from Russia and Cyprus).
Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Kortrijk – Mechelen 3:0
Tome Pachovski was not included in the Mechelen squad due to an injury.
Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Club Brugge – Zulte Waregem 2:1
Aleksandar Trajkovski played the entire game for Zulte Waregem in their slim loss versus Club Brugge. Trajkovski was active and presented problems for the opposing defense. In the 22nd minute, Aleksandar had a good chance to tie the game at 1:1, but his shot from a tight angle was saved by keeper Mathew Ryan. Then, Trajkovski nearly collected an assist just before halftime when he nicely set up a teammate (whose shot from close range was saved once again by Ryan). Finally, in the 74th minute, Trajkovski appeared to be fouled inside the area, but the referee waved play on, much to the disgust of the Zulte Waregem players and coaches.
Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Lokeren – Cercle Brugge 0:0
Besart Abdurahimi began on the bench for Lokeren before he was introduced at the start of the 2nd half to take the spot of Nill De Pauw. Abdurahimi provided a spark as his dribbling made Lokeren more dangerous, but their finishing let them down on several occasions in ultimately settling for the goalless draw.
Belgium, Proximus League, Dessel Sport – OH Leuven 1:1
Jovan Kostovski started in attack for OH Leuven and played the complete match, his best chance coming in the 50th minute when his header went narrowly wide of the goal.
Austria, Tipico Bundesliga, Austria Wien – Red Bull Salzburg 2:4
Vanche Shikov played all 90 minutes for Austria Wien in a clash that was a tale of two halves. Austria Wien led 2:0 at the halftime break, but Red Bull Salzburg came storming back in the 2nd half with four goals. While the score was 2:0 for Austria Wien, Shikov had a chance to make it three but his header went just wide of the right goal post.
Austria, Tipico Bundesliga, Sturm Graz – Ried 3:1
Aleksandar Todorovski was an unused substitute for Sturm Graz.
Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Maribor – Radomlje 4:1
Agim Ibraimi opened on the bench for Maribor before he was introduced in the 63rd minute to replace Sintayehu Sallallich. Ibraimi came close to scoring a goal in the 80th minute, but his free kick struck the post. Interestingly, Agim has yet to score a goal in the Slovenian league this season. Ibraimi has been doing well in the Champions League, but Maribor fans told us that Agim has not played well in league matches (may have to do with motivation).
Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Dinamo Zagreb – Rijeka 3:0
Arijan Ademi played the entire game for Dinamo Zagreb and scored the opening goal in the 40th minute when he fired a left footed shot past the opposing keeper. Dinamo Zagreb made easy work of second placed Rijeka to extend its lead at the top of the table to seven points.
Australia, Hyundai A-League, Central Coast Mariners – Melbourne Victory 0:3
Daniel Georgievski played all 90 minutes for Melbourne Victory and was part of a defense that kept a clean sheet in the comfortable road victory over Central Coast Mariners. Georgievski also scored his first goal for Melbourne Victory in the 68th minute with a great strike from distance.
Switzerland, Raiffeisen Super League, St. Gallen – Sion 2:0
Muhamed Demiri was not included in the St. Gallen squad for what the team described as an injury.
Switzerland, Challenge League, Servette – Chiasso 3:1
Zoran Baldovaliev was an unused substitute for Chiasso.
Romania, Liga I, CFR Cluj – CS Universitatea Craiova 0:0
Mirko Ivanovski played the complete match for CFR Cluj in the goalless draw against CS Universitatea Craiova. Ivanovski attempted two shots on goal in the 37th and 45th minute, but neither troubled the visiting keeper.
Romania, Liga I, Viitorul – Botoșani 1:2
Boban Nikolov began on the bench for Viitorul before he was introduced in the 53rd minute to take the spot of Alexandru Mitriță. This match also saw 16-year-old Ianis Hagi, the son of footballing legend Gheorghe, make his debut for Viitorul when he came off the bench in the 89th minute. As a reminder, Gheorghe Hagi is the owner and manager of Viitorul.
Denmark, Superliga, Brøndby – Silkeborg 1:0
Ferhan Hasani started the game on the bench for Brøndby before he was brought on in the 71st minute to substitute Mikkel Thygesen. Four minutes later, Hasani managed to bring his team the win when he scored the lone goal on a close range header. Hasani was also shown a yellow card in the 77th minute.
Netherlands, Eredivisie, Cambuur – NAC Breda 0:1
Aleksandar Damchevski opened on the bench for NAC Breda before he made a late appearance in the 90th minute to replace Jeffrey Sarpong. The visitors got a much needed three points after going without a win in the previous nine games in league play.
Netherlands, Eredivisie, Groningen – Heerenveen 1:1
Hristijan Denkovski was not among the 18 players called up by Groningen.
United Arab Emirates, Arabian Gulf League, Al-Nasr – Al-Ahli 2:1
Ivan Trichkovski got the start for Al-Nasr and played until the 72nd minute when he was substituted by Amir Mubarak. Al-Nasr overcame an early deficit to record a come from behind victory.
Spain, Liga BBVA, Granada – Valencia 1:1
Stole Dimitrievski was not summoned by the senior team of Granada. Instead, Dimitrievski lined up for Granada B this weekend in the Spanish third division.
Spain, Liga Adelante, Girona – Barcelona B 0:1
David Babunski started on the bench for Barcelona B before he made a late appearance in the 89th minute to take the spot of Alen Halilović, the scorer of the only goal in the game.
Bulgaria, A Group, Cherno More – Levski 1:0
Kristijan Naumovski stayed on the bench for Levski as the #2 keeper behind Plamen Iliev.
Bulgaria, A Group, Beroe – Ludogorets 0:4
Stefan Spirovski opened on the bench for Beroe before he was introduced in the 66th minute to replace Georgi Kostadinov. Beroe was soundly defeated by the reigning champions in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria, A Group, Litex Lovech – Slavia 2:0
Kire Ristevski was an unused substitute for Slavia, while his teammate Dushan Savikj started in attack and played until the 67th minute when he was replaced by Mitchell Burgzorg.
France, Ligue 1, Rennes – Montpellier 0:3
Gjoko Zajkov was not among the 19 players called up by Rennes for this game.
Poland, T-Mobile Ekstraklasa, Wisła Kraków – Lech Poznań 1:2
Ostoja Stjepanovikj remains sidelined for Wisła Kraków with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Mladost Lučani – Crvena Zvezda 1:1
Daniel Avramovski missed another match for Crvena Zvezda due to an injury.
Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, OFK Beograd – Jagodina 1:1
Darko Micevski did not feature for OFK Beograd in the home draw against Jagodina.
Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Voždovac – Radnički Niš 2:1
Tome Kitanovski did not play for Voždovac who converted a late penalty kick in the 90th minute to edge Radnički Niš.
Cyprus, First Division Championship, Ermis – Doxa 2:1
Martin Bogatinov played from the start for Ermis and conceded one goal in the 69th minute (directly from a free kick), while his teammate Besart Ibraimi featured until the 68th minute when he was substituted by Marcos De Azevedo. This game had a controversial ending after Ermis scored the winning goal in the 100th minute (via a converted penalty kick), but there were only supposed to be four minutes of stoppage time.
Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Diósgyőr – Újpest 2:1
Enis Bardhi was not included in the Újpest squad due to a red card suspension.
Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Qarabağ – Neftçi 0:0
Muarem Muarem started on the bench for Qarabağ before he entered the game in the 60th minute to replace Qarabağ. The derby in Azerbaijan ended in a goalless draw.
Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Khazar Lankaran – Gabala 3:0
Dejan Blazhevski got a rare start for Khazar Lankaran and played until the 90th minute when he made way for Kazim Kazimli. Blazhevski collected one assist in the 50th minute when his free kick into the box was headed home by Agabala Ramazanov. Dejan also received a yellow card in the 28th minute.
Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Inter Bakı – AZAL 1:0
Slavcho Georgievski was an unused substitute for Inter Bakı.
Russia, SOGAZ Football Championship, Dynamo Moskva – Amkar 5:0
Marko Simonovski opened on the bench for Amkar before he was introduced in the 62nd minute to replace Igor Kireyev. Dynamo Moskva made easy work of Amkar by putting together a dominant performance.
Greece, SuperLeague, Kerkyra – Atromitos 1:1
Vladimir Dimitrovski played the entire game for Kerkyra who dropped two points by conceding a late equalizer in stoppage time of the 90th minute. Dimitrovski has begun to receive more opportunities over the past month in central defense.