Aleksandar Trajkovski and Goran Pandev debuted for their new clubs in Italy, Jovan Kostovski sustained a serious shoulder injury for OH Leuven, Ilija Nestorovski and Muzafer Ejupi scored one goal apiece in Croatia, while David Babunski provided an assist for Barcelona B.
Italy, Serie A, Palermo – Genoa 1:0
Aleksandar Trajkovski opened on the bench for Palermo before he was introduced in the 33rd minute to substitute Ivaylo Chochev, while Goran Pandev played the complete match for Genoa. Trajkovski was very lively and Palermo looked much more dangerous with him on the pitch. Trajkovski attempted two shots on goal in the 67th and 89th minute, but both of his efforts were saved. As for Pandev, he was also active and had two early chances saved nicely by the Palermo keeper. Overall, both Trajkovski and Pandev had solid debuts for their new clubs in Italy.
Austria, tipico Bundesliga, Red Bull Salzburg – Austria Wien 2:2
Vanche Shikov played all 90 minutes for Austria Wien in the road draw against Red Bull Samzburg. Austria Wien twice took the lead, but the home side came back both times to snatch a point.
Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Istra 1961 – Dinamo Zagreb 1:1
Arijan Ademi was not included in the Dinamo Zagreb squad due to an injury.
Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, RNK Split – Rijeka 0:2
Stefan Ristovski started at right-back for Rijeka and played the complete match, while Marko Simonovski came off the bench for RNK Split at the beginning of the 2nd half to replace Petar Franjic. Ristovski had one good chance in the 75th minute, but his effort went just wide of the goal.
Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Lokomotiva – Inter Zaprešić 1:2
Ilija Nestorovski played the entire game for Inter Zaprešić and scored the opening goal in the 11th minute. It came on a header from close range after a good cross from the left hand side.
Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Slaven Belupo – Zagreb 2:1
Muzafer Ejupi got the start for Slaven Belupo and played until the 90th minute when he made way for Filip Mihajlevic. Ejupi compiled a goal and an assist. He set up Mario Gregurina in the 18th minute, while he converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute. Just like Nestorovski, Ejupi has also notched 4 goals in seven league games this season.
To view the assist by Ejupi, click here.
Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Rudar – Maribor 0:0
Agim Ibraimi played all 90 minutes for Maribor in the goalless draw against Rudar. He was mostly quiet as Maribor was led by interim coach Sasa Gajser. Their previous manager resigned earlier in the week. Returning to Ibraimi, one Israeli journalist informed me that Maccabi Haifa has expressed interest in Agim, so we’ll see if anything comes of that rumor.
Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Zavrč – Domžale 0:0
Zeni Husmani was an unused substitute for Domžale.
Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Mechelen – OH Leuven 2:1
Jovan Kostovski started at center-forward for OH Leuven and played until the 35th minute when an injury forced him to be replaced by Romero Regales. Kostovski received a push in the back and fell hard on his right shoulder. He left the field on a stretcher. On Sunday, OH Leuven said that Kostovski’s injury will require surgery and he will be out for 3-4 months.
Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Anderlecht – Lokeren 1:0
Besart Abdurahimi was an unused substitute for Lokeren.
Turkey, PTT 1. Lig, Samsunspor – Adana Demirspor 3:3
Daniel Mojsov played the entire game for Adana Demirspor in their high-scoring road draw against Samsunspor. The home side equalized directly from a free kick in the in the 90th minute.
Turkey, Spor Toto Süper Lig, Eskişehirspor – Sivasspor 4:2
Muarem Muarem began on the bench for Eskişehirspor before he came on in the 59th minute to take the spot of Kaan Kanak. This was Muarem’s debut for his new club.
Turkey, Spor Toto Süper Lig, Bursaspor – Gaziantepspor 0:1
Sedat Berisha was not among the 18 players called up by Bursaspor who suffered a tough loss by conceding the lone goal in stoppage time of the 90th minute.
Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, MTK Budapest – Videoton 1:0
Mirko Ivanovski was an unused substitute for Videoton. Ivanovski’s team is in chaos right now. They sit in a tie for last place on the standings, while the team has not fared much better in the Europa League. Management inexplicably switched coaches earlier in the summer, and that has proven to be a bad decision.
Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Újpest – Haladás 0:0
Enis Bardhi opened on the bench for Újpest before he was introduced in the 60th minute to replace Kylian Hazard, the younger brother of Chelsea star Eden.
Poland, Ekstraklasa, Legia – Korona Kielce 1:2
Ivan Trichkovski was not summoned in the matchday squad by Legia. Trichkovski is still working on improving his physical condition since his last competitive game came more than seven months ago.
Sweden, Allsvenskan, Häcken – Malmö 1:0
Leonard Zuta played all 90 minutes for Häcken and was part of a defense that kept a clean sheet. Häcken scored the lone goal in the 78th minute on a close range effort following a corner kick.
Sweden, Superettan, AFC United – Mjällby 0:0
Daniel Ivanovski started at right-back for Mjällby and played until the 65th minute when he was substituted by Eric Björkander. After 21 rounds, Mjällby is tied for last place in the second division.
Spain, Segunda División B – Group 4, Granada B – San Roque 3:3
Stole Dimitrievski played from the start for Granada B and conceded three goals in the 22nd, 38th and 84th minute. Granada B scored a late equalizer deep into stoppage time to open the 2015-16 season with a point.
Spain, Segunda División B – Group 3, Cornellà – Barcelona B 2:1
David Babunski started in midfield for Barcelona B and played the complete match. Babunski provided the assist on the only Barcelona B goal in the 54th minute. He made an accurate pass to Jean Marie Dongou who did the rest with a calm finish.
Switzerland, Challenge League, Schaffhausen – Aarau 1:0
Ezgjan Alioski played the entire game for Schaffhausen who converted a penalty kick in the 53rd minute to edge Aarau. Alioski was fielded in his usual left-back position.
Switzerland, Raiffeisen Super League, Sion – Young Boys 1:3
Taulant Sulejmanov-Seferi continues to be sidelined with an injury for Young Boys.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Premijer Liga, Čelik – Sarajevo 1:1
Krste Velkoski played all 90 minutes for Sarajevo in their road draw against Čelik. Velkoski had a good volley attempt saved nicely by the keeper in the 6th minute.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Premijer Liga, Borac Banja Luka – Olimpic 0:1
Filip Gligorov did not play for Olimpic due to a long-term injury (broken leg).
France, Ligue 1, Lyon – Rennes 1:2
Gjoko Zajkov was not among the 18 players called up by Rennes.
Netherlands, Eerste Divisie, NAC Breda – Jong Ajax 3:0
Uros Matic was an unused substitute for NAC Breda. Matic has now stayed on the bench in each of the first three rounds this season.
Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Vojvodina – Novi Pazar 4:1
Stefan Ashkovski got the start for Novi Pazar and played until the 69th minute when he made way for Dino Zilkic, while his teammate Ivan Nastevski was not given a chance once again. Novi Pazar was trailing 4:0 before scoring a late consolation goal in the final minute of stoppage time.
Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, OFK Beograd – Mladost Lučani 0:1
Aleksandar Lazevski started at left-back for Mladost Lučani and played until the 90th minute when he was replaced by Ivan Pesic, while his teammate Tome Kitanovski played the full game at right-back and also received a yellow card in the 90th minute. As for OFK Beograd, Daniel Avramovski finally debuted by coming off the bench in the 56th minute to substitute Milos Zlatkovic, while his new teammate Ostoja Stjepanovic was still not cleared by the Serbian federation to play in this match. Both Kitanovski and Avramovski came close to scoring in the 67th and 73rd minute, respectively, but their shots were saved by the keepers.
The good chances by Kitanovski (at 3:46) and Avramovski (at 4:18):
Cyprus, First Division Championship, Ermis – APOEL 1:5
Valmir Nafiu was once again missing from the matchday squad of APOEL who opened the new season with an emphatic road win over Ermis.
Cyprus, First Division Championship, Ethnikos Achnas – Doxa 2:2
Martin Bogatinov played from the start for Ethnikos Achnas and conceded two goals in the 16th and 85th minute. The first goal came via a converted penalty kick.
Slovakia, Fortuna Liga, Trenčín – Ružomberok 1:1
Darko Tofiloski started at goalkeeper for Ružomberok and played the full encounter. The lone goal that he conceded came in the 5th minute on a close range effort.
Czech Republic, Synot Liga, Jihlava – Slovácko 1:2
Veliche Shumulikoski was not included in the Slovácko squad due to a back injury.
South Korea, K-League Classic, Jeonnam – Pohang 0:0
Stevica Ristic got the start for Jeonnam and played until the 75th minute when he made way for Lee Chang-Min. Ristic also picked up a yellow card in the 16th minute.
Bulgaria, A Group, Lokomotiv Plovdiv – Levski 1:0
Zoran Baldovaliev started for Lokomotiv Plovdiv and played until the 70th minute when he was replaced by Georgi Valchev. Baldovaliev came close to scoring in the 17th minute, but his effort was saved by the Levski keeper.
Kazakhstan, Premier League (Relegation Group), Zhetysu – Taraz 1:0
Dushan Savic played the entire game for Zhetysu and scored the only goal in the 67th minute. It came on a shot from inside the area after a low cross from the right hand side.
Moldova, Divizia Națională, Dacia – Academia 1:0
Medzit Neziri was an unused substitute for Dacia.
Armenia, Premier League, Banants – Ararat 3:0
Vlatko Drobarov played all 90 minutes for Banants and was part of a defense that kept a clean sheet in the comfortable home victory over Ararat.
Finland, Veikkausliiga, Jaro – Inter Turku 0:0
Egzon Belica was not summoned in the matchday squad by Inter Turku.
United States, North American Soccer League, Atlanta Silverbacks – Indy Eleven 1:1
Dragan Stojkov started for Indy Eleven and played until the 85th minute when he was replaced by Don Smart. Stojkov also received a yellow card in the 45th minute.