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F.Y.R. Macedonia round-up: Derby joy for table-toppers

FK Vardar opened up a two-point gap with a 2-1 local derby victory against FK Sloga Jugomagnat.

FK Vardar opened up a two-point gap at the top of the Macedonian Premier League with their 2-1 local derby victory against FK Sloga Jugomagnat.

Oliveira on target
Brazilian Rogerio de Costa Oliveira put Vardar head with his fourth goal of the season, and then helped double the lead with 23 minutes left when his shot was diverted into the net by Sloga defender Goran Jovanovski. Nikola Tancevski scored what proved to be a consolation seven minutes from time, as Sloga remain bottom without a win this term.

Dimitrovski pegs back Tikves
FK Tikves allowed Vardar to open up their lead after being held 1-1 by FK Sileks. Antonio Tasev put Tikves ahead just before half-time, but five minutes into the second period Bojan Dimitrovski levelled for the visitors.

Another for Baldovaliev
FK Belasica GC moved level on points with Tikves after securing a 1-0 win against FK Kumanovo. Premier League top scorer Zoran Baldovaliev was the man on target to take his tally to seven this season.

Late winner
Pece Sivevski's last-minute goal gave FK Napredok a creditable 1-0 victory against FK Cementarnica 55 in Skopje, while FK Pobeda overcame FK Bregalnica Delcevo 4-3 in a thrilling game, with the visitors coming close to salvaging a point after trailing 4-1 with eight minutes to go, Blagojco Krstevski reducing the deficit with two goals.

Three dismissed
Cvete Delioski's 50th-minute goal gave FK Pelister a 1-0 win against FK Rabotnicki in a gave where three red cards were shown, including a first-half dismissal for Pelister goalkeeper Damjanovic for handball. Pelister's Goran Stisnioski and Rabotnicki forward, Dusan Nedeljkovic were also sent off.