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Teteks remains in First League for next season

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Jorde Georgievski celebrates Teteks winJorde Georgievski celebrates Teteks winTeteks managed to defeat Skopje in the penalty shootout and remain in the First League for the 2012/13 season.

The first of two relegation/promotion play-off matches took place today.  Teteks, the 10th placed side in the First League, faced third ranked Second League side Skopje on a neutral venue at the Pod Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola.

The match was not overly exciting.  Both teams knew the stakes were high and played rather cautiously.  Teteks controlled possession for the majority of the game, but Skopje had some dangerous moments with counter attacks, including hitting the post once.Ljupcho Markovski argues with the referee during the interruptionLjupcho Markovski argues with the referee during the interruption

The match was briefly interrupted just before halftime when Skopje's manager Ljupcho Markovski received a red card, which caused the Skopje supporters to go irate.  However, the match resumed with the Skopje manager leading the club from the stands.

It stayed 0:0 after 90 minutes so the match went into extra time.  In extra time, Skopje kept falling down, looking to waste time, and it was no surprise that the match remained goalless and penalties would decide the outcome.  All five Teteks players converted their spot kicks, while Skopje's Alen Jasharovski was the lone player to miss as his effort was saved by Teteks keeper Jorde Georgievski.

 Skopje 4 5
 Teteks
Aleksandar Popovski
O
O
Jorde Georgievski
Alen Jasharoski
X
O
Borche Ristovski
Doncho Argirovski
O
O
Risto Mitrevski
Borche Dimitrovski
O
O
Burhan Alii
Tome Galachev
O
O
Stojan Velinov

Thus, Teteks will compete in the First League once again next season, while Skopje continues in the Second League after falling short in the penalty shootout.

Tomorrow, the second relegation/promotion play-off will take place with Horizont Turnovo squaring off against Gorno Lisiche on a neutral venue at the Goce Delchev stadium in Prilep.

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