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Vardar wins league title, Pelister gets relegated

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Vardar celebrates in the locker room; photo: VardarVardar celebrates in the locker room; photo: VardarTwo different emotions for the two biggest brands in Macedonian football. Vardar finally clinched the league title with a home win over Renova, while Pelister secured relegation after losing to Turnovo.

Vardar managed to finally clinch the league title after several unsuccessful attempts in the past few games. Goran Popov scored the opening goal in the 8th minute on a well struck free kick. Senijad Ibričić, a former Bosnian international, made it 2:0 in the 26th minute. Izair Emini reduced that deficit to 2:1 in the 35th minute after a terrible mistake by Blagoja Ljamchevski, but Vardar's two goal advantage was restored minutes later courtesy of Stefan Spirovski. In the 2nd half, Ibričić would add another goal in the 87th minute when he converted a penalty. With this 4:1 win, Vardar celebrated their eight league trophy in the club's history.

Popov scores on his free kick; photo: VardarPopov scores on his free kick; photo: Vardar
Video of the goals:

Vardar: Pachovski, Ljamchevski, Grncharov, Bojović, Popov, Spirovski, Gligorov, Ibričić, Petkovski (64' Petrov), Asani (75' Dashyan), Blazhevski (85' Miranyan).

Renova: Neziri, Musliu, Mecinovikj, Mishkovski, Memedi, Velija (61' Imeri), Mojsov (71' Selmani), Jusufi (46' Skenderi), Gafuri, Nuhiu, Emini.

At the FFM pitch in Skopje, Rabotnichki overcame a halftime deficit to down Shkendija. It was the visitors who scored the first goal through Bojan Vručina just before halftime, but Rabotnichki came back in the 2nd half. Goals by Chuma Anene and substitute Kire Markoski lifted them past Shkendija.

Highlights of the game:

Rabotnichki: Efremov, Siljanovski (74' Bocevski), Dodevski, Velkovski, Cikarski, Petrovikj, Trajchevski (56' Markoski), Vujčić, Anene, Altiparmakovski (85' Ristovski), Ilijoski.

Shkendija: Jovanovski, Todorovski, Bejtulai, Polozhani, Abdula (78' Kirovski), Useini (23' Selmani), Totre, Alimi, Juffo, Stênio Júnior (20' Ashkovski), Vručina.

Pelister, meanwhile, was officially relegated after losing to Turnovo. This was an absolute must win for Pelister against their direct rival for avoiding the 9th position on the table, but Turnovo left Prilep victorious after notching two goals in the opening half. Manager Gjoko Hadjievski was brought on to restore some pride with Pelister, but it didn't work as they will now head to the second division. Much of the blame should lie with the owner as Pelister failed to make any reinforcements in the winter. The team actually got worse after the company "Cermat" came on board.

Some highlights of the game:

Pelister: Dragojević, Todorovski, Petreski (46' Biljali), Cheshmedjiev, Mustafov, Stajev (46' Smokovski), Velkoski, Anastasov, Milenkovski, Stanojević (78' Trifunovski), Tsirlidis.

Turnovo: Zahov, Iliev, Tashev, Djinov, Milushev, Ivanov, Kochoski (89' Gligorov), Tanushev, Mavrov, Markov (63' Bozhinov), Krstovski (57' Stoilov).

In the final game on Saturday, Bregalnica cruised to a comfortable victory over Teteks. All four goals were scored in the 2nd half. Teteks fielded a young side and Bregalnica was able to expose them as the game got deeper.

Bregalnica kicks off versus Teteks; photo: Stipski AsoviBregalnica kicks off versus Teteks; photo: Stipski Asovi

Teteks: D. Pavlov, Toshevski (46' Popzlatanov), Najdovski, Oslonovsky (50' Murgjeski), Stojkovski, Mishovski, Atanaskoski, Filipovski (46' Adem), Jovanoski, Kostadinov, V. Pavlov.

Bregalnica: Gachevski, Mitrev, Stojanov, Stanković (75' Nacev), Blazheski, Ristovski, Hristov, Andonov (46' Gjoreski), Velkovski, Kocev (46' Iliev), Stupić.

The lone game scheduled for Monday didn't mean much as both Sileks and Metalurg have to chance of moving up into the top four on the standings. This was a game to determine the 5th and 6th ranked teams on the table. In the end, Metalurg couldn't hold on to a 1:0 halftime lead, and ended up losing 1:3 after Sileks scored three times in the 2nd half.

Video of the goals:

Metalurg: Dimovski, Ristovski, Petrov, Ilieski (70' Krstev), Gjorgievski, V. Stojanovski, Bakracheski, Angelov (73' Bujchevski), Jakimoski, A. Stojanovski, Radeski.

Sileks: Nikov, Timovski, Janev, Mickov, Djonov, Bagashovski, Jakov, Duranski (89' Acevski), Velinov (62' Marić), Nedeljković, Gorgiev.

Round 31 Results:

Vardar - Renova 4:1 (3:1)
8' Goran Popov, 26', 87' (pen) Senijad Ibričić, 39' Stefan Spirovski - 35' Izair Emini

Rabotnichki - Shkendija 2:1 (0:1)
52' Chuma Anene, 66' Kire Markoski - 42' Bojan Vručina

Pelister - Turnovo 0:2 (0:2)
20' Marjan Tashev, 32' Gjorgji Markov

Teteks - Bregalnica 0:4 (0:0)
58' Boško Stupić, 72' (og) Trajche Stojkovski, 79' Angel Nacev, 87' Nikolay Hristov

Metalurg - Sileks 1:3 (1:0)
45' Marjan Radeski - 48' Krste Todorov, 71' Igor Nedeljković, 84' Boban Marić

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