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Preview: Macedonian Cup 1/8 finals return legs

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Macedonian CupMacedonian CupThe 8 advancing teams in the Macedonian Cup will be known on Wednesday with Vardar - Metalurg, Bregalnica - Turnovo and Renova - Teteks being the must see games.

Because of the grass renovation at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon, the home of Vardar, they decided to play the return leg against Metalurg not at other stadium in Skopje, but in other city. And not just any other city, but the 170 km remote city of Ohrid. Their first leg ended with a minimal one goal win for Metalurg but they also already faced in the First League where they played a 2:2 draw. Meanwhile, their relations got bitter since Metalurg fielded a complaint asking for the league draw to be converted into a 3:0 awarded victory as one of Vardar's players happened to have problems with his registration.

An interesting match is also expected in Shtip where Bregalnica is hosting Turnovo. Since the first leg ended with a 1:0 win for Turnovo, all options are still open. In that game Bregalnica eventually let a goal but only after was left with 9 players. These two will face again this weekend in the First League, but in Turnovo.

Cup holders and now a Second League side, Teteks, will have a hard task in Renova. The first game ended with a 2:2 draw and Renova has the advantage due to the two away golas, so Teteks will have to attack from the start. But is the Second League side capable to surprise Renova who is doing good in the First League, we shall wait and see.

Shkendija has a two goals advantage over Makedonija GjP, same as Pelister over Miravci. Both will now play as guests, but Pelister should have the easier job as Miravci is a Second League side. In a much different position are Drita and Sileks. The first leg ended in a 1:0 home win for Sileks which isn't a big deal but it's a result that can easily be overtaken.

Seems like Rabotnichki and Napredok will have the easiest matches. Rabotnichki has a 4:0 lead over Second League side Novaci, while Napredok beat Gostivar away with 3:0. Still Napredok must be a bit careful as Gostivar is a First League side and far more quality opponent than Novaci.

Wednesday, 24 September 2013 at 15.30 CET:

Gradski stadium in Kichevo
Napredok vs. Gostivar
Referee: Aleksandar Angelov (Kochani)
First leg: 3:0

Novaci stadium in Novaci
Novaci vs. Rabotnichki
Referee: Darko Jovchevski (Tetovo)
First leg: 0:4

Gradski stadium in Shtip
Bregalnica Shtip vs. Horizont Turnovo
Referee: Petar Mantev (Negotino)
First leg: 0:1

Drita stadiujm in Bogovinje
Drita vs. Sileks
Referee: Simeon Stefkov (Skopje)
First leg: 0:1

Gradski stadium in Gevgelija
Miravci vs. Pelister
Referee: Nikola Kostenchev (Skopje)
First leg: 0:2

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova vs. Teteks
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)
First leg: 2:2

Atina Bojadji stadium in Ohrid
Vardar vs. Metalurg
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)
First leg: 0:1

Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje
Makedonija Gjorche Petrov vs. Shkendija
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)
First leg: 0:2

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