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Kostovski kisses his girlfriend to celebrate the goal; photo: BelgaKostovski kisses his girlfriend to celebrate the goal; photo: BelgaJovan Kostovski scored the crucial goal to send OH Leuven to the Belgian top division, Krste Velkoski compiled a goal and an assist for Sarajevo, David Babunski collected an assist for Barcelona B, while Muzafer Ejupi netted two goals for Slaven Belupo.

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League, Europa League Play-offs, Mechelen - Lokeren 2:1
Besart Abdurahimi opened on the bench for Lokeren before he was introduced at the start of the 2nd half to substitute Nill De Pauw. Abdurahimi attempted one shot in the 65th minute that went wide of the goal. Lokeren lost 4:3 on aggregate over the two games against Mechelen. So, Mechelen kept alive its hopes of qualifying for the Europa League by moving on to the next stage, while this loss ends the season for Lokeren.

Besart looks on from the backgroundBesart looks on from the background

Belgium, Promotion Play-offs, Lommel United - Lierse 3:1
Daniel Mojsov was not among the 19 players called up by Lierse. Mojsov was eligible to return from his yellow cards suspension, but the manager decided to rely on younger players since Lierse was officially relegated in the previous match. Mojsov, a free agent this summer, is not expected to be back. He wants to join a top division club in Belgium, but it remains to be seen what kind of interest he will draw on the transfer market.

Belgium, Promotion Play-offs, Eupen - OH Leuven 0:1
Jovan Kostovski started in attack for OH Leuven and played until the 70th minute when he was replaced by Giuseppe Rossini. Kostovski scored the decisive goal in the 62nd minute to send OH Leuven back to the top division. It came on a header following a free kick played into the box. OH Leuven needed a win or a draw to get promoted, and that is exactly what happened.

Video of the goal by Kostovski:

Belgium, Jupiler Pro League Play-off I, Anderlecht - Gent 2:1
Damjan Shishkovski was not summoned in the matchday squad by Gent. There was a chance for Shishkovski to be the #2 keeper for this final game of the season, since Gent already secured the title, but the manager decided against it. Instead, the usual backup (Brian Vandenbussche) started, while the usual starter (Matz Sels) was on the bench as the #2 keeper. Shishkovski did not make an appearance for the first team, but he is expected to return based on our talks with a Belgian journalist that covers Gent.

Austria, Tipico Bundesliga, Ried - Austria Wien 0:2
Vanche Shikov continues to be out of favor at Austria Wien as he was once again missing from the team. Austria Wien has two more games to go, one in league play and then the cup final against Red Bull Salzburg.

Germany, Bundesliga, Bayern München - Mainz 2:0
Nikolche Noveski played all 90 minutes for Mainz who closed the season with a road loss against Bayern München. The previous game last Saturday was Noveski's home finale, but this match was officially his final one in a Mainz uniform. Noveski has still not announced whether he will retire, or resume his career with another team.

Noveski during the matchNoveski during the match

Turkey, Spor Toto Süper Lig, Galatasaray - Beşiktaş 2:0
Goran Pandev was not included in the 18 player matchday squad by Galatasaray. With this win, Galatasaray is very close to clinching the league title in Turkey.

Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Istra 1961 - Dinamo Zagreb 1:1
Arijan Ademi was an unused substitute for Dinamo Zagreb. One more round (at home versus Rijeka) separates Dinamo Zagreb from an undefeated season in league play.

Croatia, MAXtv Prva Liga, Slaven Belupo - Zadar 2:0
Muzafer Ejupi opened on the bench for Slaven Belupo before he was introduced in the 26th minute to replace Davor Vugrinec. The club was celebrating Vugrinec who, at age 40, was playing his final home game for Slaven. He got a big ovation in the 26th minute when the substitution was made. Ejupi came in and scored both goals in the 30th and 81st minute. This match was played on a pitch that was flooded by rain, but Slaven won't mind after their 2:0 win.

Video of the two goals by Ejupi (at 0:20 and 1:18):

Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Krka - Maribor 1:3
Agim Ibraimi remained on the bench for Maribor as an unused substitute.

Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Zavrč - Olimpija 1:2
Aleksandar Lazevski was an unused substitute for Olimpija.

Slovenia, PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije, Koper - Rudar 0:3
Dejan Peshevski started on the wing for Koper and played until the 55th minute when he was replaced by Patrik Posavac. Peshevski also received a yellow card in the 9th minute. Koper has struggled in league play (in 7th place out of 10 teams), but they recently won the Slovenian Cup.

Pashevski looks to escape his markerPashevski looks to escape his marker

Italy, Serie B, Latina - Modena 1:1
Stefan Ristovski played the entire game for Latina who claimed an important point to ensure survival in Serie B. They will compete in the same competition next season. This round was the end of the 2014-15 campaign in Italy's second division.

Ristovski chests the ball downRistovski chests the ball down

Italy, Serie B, Ternana - Varese 2:0
Nikola Jakimovski got the start for Varese and played until the 53rd minute when he was substituted by Manuele Blasi. Varese was relegated to the third division in Italy.

Jakimovski gives a thumbs upJakimovski gives a thumbs up

Netherlands, Eredivisie Relegation Play-offs, VVV-Venlo - NAC Breda 0:1
Uros Matic opened on the bench for NAC Breda before he made a late appearance in the 90th minute to replace Adnane Tighadouini. As for his teammate Aleksandar Damchevski, he continues to be out of action with a long-term injury. NAC Breda began the relegation play-offs with an important win.

Russia, Football National League, Krylia Sovetov - SKA-Energiya 1:0
Adis Jahovic started in attack for Krylia Sovetov and played until the 84th minute when he was substituted by Sergei Kornilenko. Jahovic also picked up a yellow card in the 56th minute. The home side scored the lone goal just before halftime after a blunder by the visiting keeper. A long shot was bobbled, allowing Alan Chochiyev to score on the rebound. Later in the day (game was played on Sunday), when all of the results were done for this round, Krylia Sovetov guaranteed itself promotion to the Russian top flight.

Jahovic controls the ballJahovic controls the ball

Spain, Liga Adelante, Las Palmas - Barcelona B 4:3
David Babunski began on the bench for Barcelona B before he was introduced in the 58th minute to take the spot of Alen Halilovic. Barcelona B trailed 4:0 to Las Palmas, but then they managed to score three goals. On the goal that made it 4:1, Babunski sent an accurate long ball to Jean Marie Dongou who did the rest with a calm finish past the keeper. Barcelona B dropped to last place with this loss. With just two rounds remaining this season, Barcelona B is still not mathematically relegated, but their odds of avoiding the drop are miniscule. It's only a formality that should be made official after the next game.

Video of the assist by Babunski (at 4:00):

France, Ligue 1, Rennes - Lyon 0:1
Gjoko Zajkov was not among the 19 players called up by Rennes. This was the final round of the season in France, and Zajkov did not make any league appearance from the 38 possible games. Instead, he mostly played for Rennes II in the lower leagues.

Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Videoton - Kecskemét 1:0
Mirko Ivanovski started for Videoton and played until the 77th minute when he was replaced by György Sándor. Ivanovski came close to scoring in the 2nd minute, but his close range header whistled just wide of the left post. In the 40th minute, Ivanovski won a penalty after he was fouled inside the area. However, his teammate Róbert Feczesin missed the spot kick as he sent his effort just wide of the goal.

Ivanovski battles for the ballIvanovski battles for the ball

Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Puskás Academy - Újpest 4:5
Enis Bardhi was an unused substitute for Újpest.

Hungary, OTP Bank Liga, Győr - Pécsi 3:0
Vladica Brdarovski was not available for Győr due to a red card suspension. Brdarovski announced on his Instagram that he would not be returning to the club next season.

Switzerland, Challenge League, Servette - Schaffhausen 1:2
Ezgjan Alioski played all 90 minutes for Schaffhausen who dealt a big blow to the promotion chances of second placed Servette by winning this game. Servette now trails the table leader Lugano by four points. Only the top team gets promoted and just two rounds remain on the schedule.

Alioski jumps on his teammate to celebrate a goalAlioski jumps on his teammate to celebrate a goal

Switzerland, Challenge League, Winterthur - Wil 4:1
Samir Fazli started for Wil and played until the 80th minute when he was replaced by Ergün Berisa. Wil finds itself in a tricky position. Their bad form over the past month could prove costly. After this latest defeat, Wil is only one point above the relegation zone.

Fazli aims to maintain possessionFazli aims to maintain possession

Romania, Liga I, Petrolul - Dinamo București 0:3
Kristijan Naumovski stayed on the bench for Dinamo București as the #2 keeper behind Traian Marc. Dinamo București continues to play musical chairs at that position.

Romania, Liga I, Viitorul - Brașov 0:2
Boban Nikolov was not included in the matchday squad by Viitorul.

Romania, Liga I, Gaz Metan Mediaș - Concordia 2:0
Hristijan Dragarski was not among the 18 players called up by Concordia.

Cyprus, First Division (Championship Group), Ermis - APOEL 2:4
Valmir Nafiu was an unused substitute for APOEL. I already wrote an article on this site ("Nafiu, supposedly injured, makes APOEL bench"), so I won't repeat the same stuff again. Hopefully the Macedonian federation will have an explanation about what is going on with Nafiu. APOEL clinched the league title in Cyprus with this victory over Ermis.

Nafiu (blonde highlights) at the title celebrationNafiu (blonde highlights) at the title celebration

Cyprus, First Division (Relegation Group), Ayia Napa - Othellos 2:2
Bojan Markoski missed his second consecutive game for Ayia Napa after the club ensured its top division status for next season. Based on newspaper reports in Cyprus, Markoski recently traveled to Vietnam to negotiate with an unnamed club.

Poland, T-Mobile Ekstraklasa (Championship Group), Jagiellonia - Wisła Kraków 2:1
Ostoja Stjepanovic was an unused substitute for Wisła Kraków.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, BH Telecom Premijer Liga, Vitez - Sarajevo 0:3
Krste Velkoski played the entire game for Sarajevo and compiled both a goal and an assist. Krste opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a well struck free kick, and then he recorded an assist in the 90th minute when he set up Amer Bekic to score a goal.

Video of the goal (at 0:09) and assist (at 1:50) by Velkoski:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, BH Telecom Premijer Liga, Zrinjski - Olimpic 2:0
Filip Gligorov was not available for Olimpic due to a yellow cards suspension.

Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Vllaznia - Skenderbeu 0:2
Aco Stojkov was an unused substitute for Skenderbeu.

Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Tirana - Teuta 1:0
Kire Ristevski played all 90 minutes for Tirana and was part of a defense that kept a clean sheet. Tirana closed the season in Albania with a narrow triumph over Teuta.

Ristevski (2nd from R) lines up among the startersRistevski (2nd from R) lines up among the starters

Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Elbasani - Partizani 0:3
Ardian Cuculi was not available for Partizani due to a yellow cards suspension. This win meant that Partizani clinched a spot in the Europa League qualifications for this summer.

Albania, Kategoria Superiore, Flamurtari - Kukesi 0:2
Nijaz Lena got the start for Flamurtari and played until the 53rd minute when he made way for David Bocaj.

Slovakia, Fortuna Liga, Košice - Senica 1:1
Darko Tofiloski played from the start for Košice and conceded one goal in the 77th minute. It came on a shot from the edge of the area.

Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Crvena Zvezda - Mladost Lučani 3:1
Daniel Avramovski was not included in the Crvena Zvezda squad for their final game of the season. Crvena Zvezda only had four players on the bench, but none of them were Avramovski.

Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Jagodina - OFK Beograd 5:3
Darko Micevski started for OFK Beograd and played until the 30th minute when he was replaced by Damjan Gojkov. It didn't say whether the switch was tactical or related to an injury. OFK Beograd was losing 3:0 at that time.

Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Novi Pazar - Donji Srem 2:0
Neither Riste Mitrevski nor Martin Hristov featured for Donji Drem. The club finished in the bottom two, so they were relegated to the second division.

Serbia, Jelen SuperLiga, Radnički Niš - Voždovac 0:0
Tome Kitanovski started at right-back for Voždovac and played the complete match. Voždovac finished strong in this campaign to barely avoid the drop.

Azerbaijan, Topaz Premyer Liqası, Inter Bakı - Qarabağ 2:1
Muarem Muarem played all 90 minutes for Qarabağ who concluded the season with a road loss against Inter Bakı. Despite this result to the second placed team, Qarabağ still won the league title in Azerbaijan.

Muarem (L) during the gameMuarem (L) during the game

Czech Republic, Synot Liga, Slovácko - Mladá Boleslav 1:1
Veliche Shumulikoski started in defensive midfield for Slovácko and played the full 90 minutes. Shumulikoski also received a yellow card in the 35th minute.

Shumulikoski celebrates his teammate's goalShumulikoski celebrates his teammate's goal

South Korea, K-League Classic, Jeju United - Jeonnam 3:2
Stevica Ristic played the entire game for Jeonnam who came up just short after conceding a late goal in the 87th minute. Stevica had his best chance in the 80th minute, but his close range effort was blocked inside a crowded penalty area.

Denmark, NordicBet Liga, AB Copenhagen - Viborg 2:1
Aleksandar Stankov began on the bench for Viborg before he was introduced in the 76th minute to replace Alhaji Gero, while his teammate and twin brother, Antonio Stankov, was an unused substitute.

Kazakhstan, Premier League, Zhetysu - Kairat 0:3
Dushan Savic played all 90 minutes for Zhetysu in their convincing home loss against Kairat.

Armenia, Premier League, Banants - Gandzasar 2:0
Filip Timov started on the wing for Banants and played the complete match. In the 60th minute, Timov won a penalty when he was brought down inside the area. His teammate, Miguel López, converted the subsequent spot kick.


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