Midweek internationals performances

Ristovski in action against TNS; photo: NK RijekaRistovski, Emini and Saiti scored and assisted, while Ejupi only scored a goal as the Macedonian internationals had games in both the Champions League and Europa League.

UEFA Champions League qualifications, The New Saints (WAL) – Rijeka (CRO) 1:5 (1:7 agg.)
Both Stefan Ristovski and Leonard Zhuta played the whole game for Rijeka. Ristovski assisted to Aleksander Gorgoń in the 61st minute for 0:3, while three minutes later Gorgoń returned the favor assisting to Ristovski for 0:4. Zhuta and Ristovski advance into the next round where will face Austrian champions Salzburg.

Ristovski’s assist (at 2:18) & goal (at 3:15):


UEFA Champions League qualifications, København (DEN) – Žilina (SVK) 1:2 (4:3 agg.)
Uroš Matić started for the home team and played untill the 66th minute when William Kvist took his place. It was 1:2 at that moment. His København advanced and will face Vardar in the next round.

UEFA Champions League qualifications, Kukësi (ALB) – Sheriff (MDA) 2:1 (2:2 agg.)
Both Izair Emini and Nijas Lena played the full 90 minutes for the Albanian champion. Emini scored for 1:0 in the 35th minute, while he assisted to Pero Pejić for 2:0 in the last moments before the break. Kukësi got eliminated on away goal rule and missed a chance to advance by missing a penalty kick near the end.

Emini’s goal (right on start) & assist (at 1:03):

UEFA Europa League qualifications, Sūduva (LTU) – Liepāja (LAT) 0:1 (2:1 agg.)
Marjan Altiparmakovski came in instead Ernestas Veliulis the 72nd minute, but failed to help his team avoid the defeat. Despite losing, Sūduva advanced on aggregate and will face Swiss side Sion.

Altiparmakovski with the ball; photo: FK Sūduva

UEFA Europa League qualifications, Trakai (LTU) – Norrköping (SWE) 2:1, 5:4 p.s.o. (3:3 agg.)
David Mitov Nilsson was Norrköping’s keeper for this match. He didn’t have the best day as he didn’t react good on both of Trakai’s goals, especially the second. Also, he failed to save any penalty in the shoot-out sp his team faced a surprising elimination and therefore missed a chance to play against Shkendija in the next round.

Trakai’s goals (at 10:40 & 33:50) & penalties (from 2:12:40):

UEFA Europa League qualifications, AEK (CYP) – Cork City (IRL) 1:0 (2:0 agg.)
Daniel Mojsov came back from the injury and played the whole game, while Ivan Trickovski started and featured untill the 88th minute when Vladimir Boljević took his place. Two minutes earlier Trichko was shown a yellow card. Their AEK will face Dinamo Minsk in the next round, the team that eliminated Rabotnichki.

UEFA Europa League qualifications, Brann – Ružomberok 0:2 (1:2 agg.)
Tihomir Kostadinov was a late 90th minute substitute for Ružomberok who after losing at home in the first leg managed to overcome that result and advance. They will face Premier League side Everton in the next round.

UEFA Europa League qualifications, Fola (LUX) – İnter (AZE) 4:1 (4:2 agg.)
Enis Saiti was starter for Fola and did well once again. He first doubled the lead in the 32nd minute after a bad keeper reaction on his free kick. Then in the 54th picked up a yellow card, while in the 59th he assisted from corner kick to Tom Laterza for 3:0. In the 67th minute he was taken off for Stefano Bensi (who scored against Macedonia in Skopje in a EURO 2016 qualifier). Saiti and Fola pulled off a big surprise by qualifying for the 3rd round where will play against Östersund from Sweden.

Saiti’s goal (at 0:17) & asstst (at 0:29):

UEFA Europa League qualifications, Luzern (SUI) – Osijek (CRO) 2:1 (2:3 agg.)
Muzafer Ejupi played the whole game and scored a golden goal for the Croatian team. It was the 72nd minute when he scored for 2:1 preventing the Swiss side to advance. His teammate Milovan Petrovikj wasn’t in the squad. The next opponent for Osijek is Dutch giant PSV.

Ejupi’s goal (at 2:45):


UEFA Europa League qualifications, Domžale (SLO) – Valur (ISL) 3:2 (5:3 agg.)
Zeni Husmani played the full 90 minutes for Domžale who advanced to face Bundesliga side Freiburg in the next round.

Husmani tries a shot; photo: Lado Vavpetič

Indonesia, Liga 1, PS TNI – Gresik United 2:1
Defender Goran Ganchev played the whole game for the visiting side. After 15 rounds his team is stuck in the relegation zone with only 6 points and 11 defeats.

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