Midweek internationals performances

Goran Pandev scored a late goal for Napoli that was disallowed by the assistant referee, while Edin Nuredinoski kept a clean sheet for Ethnikos Achnas in a Cypriot Cup game.

Italy, Serie A, Napoli – Cesena 0:0
Goran Pandev played all 90 minutes for Napoli and was the most threatening player throughout the game.  Pandev came close in the 24th minute but his effort from the edge of the area went just inches wide of the right goal post.  Three minutes later, Pandev attempted a powerful left footed shot towards goal but it was straight at the keeper who punched the ball to avert the danger.  Goran almost scored the game winner in the 80th minute but his shot was just parried by the Cesena keeper and it went for a corner.  However, Pandev did score a goal in the 90th minute but it was disallowed by the assistant referee for an apparent handball by his teammate Christian Maggio.

Video of Pandev’s disallowed goal (at 2:12):


Belgium, Cofidis Cup, Lokeren – Lierse 1:0
Boban Grncarov played the entire game for Lierse who suffered a minimal road loss in the first leg of their semi-final matchup against Lokeren in the Belgian Cup.  The return leg will be played on 7 February and Lierse must win in order to have a chance of advancing to the domestic cup final.

Cyprus, Cyprus Coca Cola Cup, Ethnikos Achnas – Aris 2:0
Edin Nuredinoski played from the start for Ethnikos Achnas and kept a clean sheet while his teammate Stojan Ignjatov was not called up for this game.

Cyprus, Cyprus Coca Cola Cup, Ermis – Apollon 3:1
Hristijan Kirovski started on the bench for Apollon before he entered the game in the 75th minute replacing João Paulo.  Kirovski had two chances but his header in the 79th minute was saved by the Ermis keeper while in the 105th minute of extra time, Hristijan’s volley went just wide of the goal.  After 90 minutes, it was 2:1 for Ermis and since Apollon won with the same score in the first leg, the match went into extra time where Ermis advanced to the next round of the Cypriot Cup.

Cyprus, Cyprus Coca Cola Cup, Alki – AE Paphos 2:0
Nikola Gligorov played all 90 minutes for Alki who scored a goal in each half to defeat AE Paphos.

Saudi Arabia, Al-Qadisiyah – Al-Fateh 1:2
Zoran Baldovaliev started for Al-Qadisiyah and played until the 65th minute when he was replaced by Fahad Al-Doseri.  This was Zoran’s second appearance for the club since moving there last month.

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