Arkadiusz Piech (L) was a thorn on Metalurg's side with three goals in two games; photo:

Metalurg, Renova eliminated from Europa League

Arkadiusz Piech (L) was a thorn on Metalurg's side with three goals in two games; photo: conceded another three goals against Ruch Chorzów to lose 1:6 on aggregate, while Renova defeated Gomel 0:1 on the road but was still eliminated from the Europa League qualifications after losing the first leg 2:0.  These results meant that all four Macedonian clubs competing in European competitions this season have now been eliminated.

Metalurg’s hopes of reversing the 1:3 scoreline from the first leg were shattered early on after Ruch Chorzów scored two goals in the opening 15 minutes.  That meant that Metalurg would have needed five goals to advance which was unrealistic.  The first goal by Ruch was scored by striker Łukasz Janoszka while the second goal in the 15th minute came on a strike from about 35 meters by Gábor Straka.  Metalurg actually outshot Ruch Chorzów with the best chance for the home side coming in the 54th minute but the shot by Ljubomir Stevanović was saved nicely by the Ruch keeper.  In the 63rd minute, Arkadiusz Piech made it 0:3 for Ruch, scoring his third goal in the two games against Metalurg.  Near the end of the match, Metalurg defender Goran Dragović was shown a straight red card after committing a bad foul against Piech.  Ruch meets Viktoria Plzeň from the Czech Rapublic in the next round of the competition.

Milano Stadium in Kumanovo, Macedonia
Metalurg – Ruch Chorzów 0:3
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Metalurg: Pavlović, Petkovski, Kralevski, Dragović, Memedi (58′ Alomerovikj), B. Ljamchevski, Ristovski (65′ Nestorovski), Stevanović, Krstev, Dimoski (46′ P. Ljamchevski), Churlinov.
Ruch Chorzów: Pesković, Stawarczyk, Szyndrowski, Sadlok, Đokić (53′ Lewczuk), Zieńczuk, Jankowski, Malinowski (65′ Lisowski), Straka, Piech, Janoszka (74′ Starzynski).
Goalscorers: Janoszka 9′, Straka 15′, Piech 63′ (R)
Yellow cards: Alomerovikj, P. Ljamchevski (M) – Piech, Stawarczyk (R)
Red cards: Dragović (M)

Meanwhile, Renova defeated Gomel 0:1 in Belarus but still fell short 1:2 on aggregate after losing the first leg 2:0 in Kumanovo.  Renova was outshot badly by Gomel but keeper Suat Zendeli rescued the team with several good saves.  The lone goal of the game was scored by defender Ersen Asani in the 56th minute after receiving good service from a free kick by Argjent Gafuri.  Renova needed one more goal to force extra time but Gomel held firm to keep its narrow aggregate advantage.  Gomel advances to the third qualifying round where they will face Liverpool.

Tsentralny Stadium in Gomel, Belarus
Gomel – Renova 0:1
Referee: Jérome Nzolo (BEL)
Renova: Zendeli, Siljanovski, Velija, Simovski (85′ Fetai), Asani, Stepanovski, Bajrami, Nuhi, Emini (56′ Skenderi), Gafuri (77′ Ismaili), Andonov.
Gomel: Bushma, Voronkov, Matveychik (90′ Yevseyenko), Kirilchik, Kashevski, Kozeka, Klimovich, Levitski, Nowak, Platonov, Demidovich (77′ Timoshenko).
Goalscorers: Asani 56′ (R)
Yellow cards: Voronkov (G) – Emini, Bajrami (R)

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