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Europa League: Shkendija, Turnovo eliminated, Metalurg proceeds (Video)

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Metalurg's Dejan Tanturovski is challenged by Jordi Rubio; photo: sportmedia.mkMetalurg's Dejan Tanturovski is challenged by Jordi Rubio; photo: sportmedia.mkThe number of Macedonian clubs in the Europa League unfortunately got reduced to only one as Shkendija and Turnovo got eliminated by Zimbru and Chikhura, while only Metalurg proceeds after beating UE Santa Coloma once again.

Turnovo was the first to kick-off in today's games playing away in Georgia against Chikhura. The home team already had a 1:0 lead after celebrating last week in Skopje so Turnovo had to go with attacking style of play. The hosts made a stunning start after scoring early in the 6th minute, meaning that Turnovo now had to score two goals. Eventually Turnovo scored a goal in the injury time of the first half when Aleksandar Pandovski scored after Dragan Gjorgiev's corner. Just like the previous game, manager Goce Sedloski made all the three substitutions in the first 15 minute of the second half. Still, instead of a second Turnovo goal, it was Chikhura who scored, not once but twice. With losing both games, Turnovo faced an early elimination unlike last summer when managed to play in two rounds. Chikhura adnvaced into the next round where will play against Bursaspor from Turkey.

Game highlights:

The dejected Yordan Miliev afterthe match; photo: kfshkendija.comThe dejected Yordan Miliev afterthe match; photo: kfshkendija.com

Unlike Turnovo, Shkendija traveled in Moldova with a 2:1 advantage from the first leg in Skopje. The Red&Black failed to defend the lead collapsing after only five minutes of play. Since it was a result that was taking Zimbru in the next round thanks to the away goal rule, Shkendija had to put everything on the attack in order to score a goal. The time was passing by as the result wasn't changing. The final result of 2:0 was put three minute before the final whistle when the hosts scored after a corner kick. It could have been 3:0 as in the 90th minute as Spătaru was alone in front of the Jovanovski but Muhamed Useini fouled him from behind for which got a second yellow. As winners of this clash, Zimbru goes to the second qualifying round where will face Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.

Game highlights:

Metalurg had no problems with Andorran side UE Santa Coloma and beat them once again. In the next round Metalurg will have a much harder opponent as they will take on Bosnian side Željezničar who earlier today eliminated Lovćen from Montenegro. The first leg ended goalless but in the second played in Montenegro Željezničar celebrated a 1:0 win.

Game highlights:

Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi
Georgia Chikhura - Turnovo Macedonia 3:1 (1:1) 4:1 agg.
Scorers: 6', 67' Gabedava, 75' Rekhviashvili - 45'+1 Pandovski
Chikhura: Somkhishvili (c); Kashia, Rekhviashvili, Tchelidze, Odikadze; Kimadze, Bechvaia, Datunaishvili, Dekanoidze; Gabedava (80' Koripadze), Kutchukhidze (79' Mumladze).
Turnovo: Dimovski; Harizanov (53' Kovachev), Muftachiyski, Mavrov (60' Dolapchiev), Varelovski; Gjorgiev, Tashev, Najdenov, Pandovski (49' Naumchevski); Churlinov, Pandev (c).
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
Yellow cards: Kutchukhidze, Gabedava (C), Mavrov (T)
Red cards: /

Zimbru stadium in Chișinău
Moldova Zimbru - Shkendija Macedonia 2:0 (1:0) 3:2 agg.
Scorers: 5' Amani, 87' Paşcenco
Zimbru: Rusu; Erhan (c), Bogdan (57' Burghiu), Pavlyuchek, Jardan; Cheptine (46' Spătaru), Klimovich, Vremea, Dedov, Grossu, Amani (68' Paşcenco).
Shkendija: Jovanovski; Murati (86' Kavdanski), Berisha, Miliev, Bejtuai; Nurishi (51' Imeri), Polozhani (c), Useini, Mitrov (65' Selmani); Vručina, Stênio Júnior.
Referee: Anatoliy Vishnichenko (Kazakhstan)
Yellow cards: Amani (Z), Polozhani, Useini, Vručina, Huseini
Red cards: 90' Useini (S)

National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Macedonia Metalurg - UE Santa Coloma Andorra 2:0 (2:0) 5:0 agg.
Scorers: 19' Gjorgievski, 34' Simonovski
Metalurg: Efremov; Ristovski (57' Tanturovski), Dodevski, Leskaroski, Gjorgievski; Stojanovski, Naumoski (66' Georgiev), Mitrev (c) (46' Naumovski); Angelov, Simonovski, Radeski.
UE Santa Coloma: Godswill; Maneiro, Roca, Martínez (c), G. López; Jordi Rubio, Crespo, Rodríguez, Salvat (73' Vall); Anton (63' Amat), Bernat (53' Pereira).
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (Finland)
Yellow cards: Mitrev, Stojanovski (M), Rodríguez, Anton, Maneiro, Amat (SC)
Red cards: /

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