FK Rabotnicki earned a famous European victory as they overcame Hungarian champions Debreceni VSC to secure a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against LOSC Lille Métropole.
On a major national holiday in F.Y.R. Macedonia, the club produced perhaps the finest result in their history despite making a shaky start. Igor Bogdanović had already shot wide for Debrecen when Ibrahim Sidibe opened the scoring for the visitors with a close-range header after 20 minutes. Within a minute the hosts were on level terms with Nderim Nedzipi beating Norbert Csernyánszki with a 30-metre strike. That levelled the tie at 2-2 on aggregate but Rabotnicki were ahead after 34 minutes as Stojance Ignatov picking out Ivan Pejčić who beat Csernyánszki again.
Brazilian Carlos Abrilio then hit the crossbar for Rabotnicki before a fine counterattack saw Ignatov feed Pejčić once more. This time he passed for Vanco Trajcev to make it 3-1, and with Péter Halmosi being shown a second yellow card before the interval, Debrecen's hopes of progressing collapsed. Sidibe was then dismissed early in the second half for a dangerous challenge and, against nine men, Rabotnicki always looked comfortable. Carlos Abrilio duly scored a fourth goal to send his side to within one round of the UEFA Champions League group stage.
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