VARDAR TAKE FIFTH MACEDONIAN CUP
FK Vardar will play in the first qualifying round of next season's UEFA Cup after beating league leaders FK Pobeda 2-1 in Thursday's Macedonian Cup final.
The Skopje side twice evaded the Pobeda offside trap in the first half to take a decisive lead as they claimed their fifth cup success. Dimce Ristevski sent Hristijan Kirovski through on goal to beat Darko Tofilovski for Vardar's first after 22 minutes, and captain Wandeir was then allowed to slip the net to double his side's advantage five minutes later.
Aleksandar Krsteski and Blagoja Gesoski both missed presentable chances to get Pobeda back into the game before Miodrag Jovanovic's 72nd-minute shot was only half blocked by Vardar goalkeeper Jorde Georgeivski, allowing Marjan Nacev to score. However, Vardar ended the game looking the more dangerous side, with Tofilovski making saves from Wandeir and Ristevski.
Pobeda Prilep must now settle their nerves and look ahead to Sunday's league finale, as they travel to FK Shkendija 79. Two points clear of second-placed FK Rabotnicki, a win will guarantee them their second title since independence and a place in the first qualifying round of next season's UEFA Champions League.
MD: Congratulations to Vardar! Now it's awaiting for the winner of the league.