Goalless draw in the first of the two friendly games in Turkey. Finland gave Macedonia a tough match without many scoring chances on both sides.
photo: Finland takes a free kick
Angelovski opted for the standard 3-5-2 formation. Dimitrievski between the posts; Ristevski, Velkovski and Musliu in the back line; Ademi, Spirovski and Bardhi in midfield with Ristovski and Alioski as wings; Pandev and Nestorovski up front.
Macedonia was the better side in the opening 45 minutes, but Finland took the control after the break. Only few chances were created on both sides as most of the play was in midfield with both teams having problems to get out from their half.
Probably the best chance for breaking the dead lock came in the 57th minute was when Arijan Ademi took a rebound ball inside the box and fired a shot only to hit keeper Lukáš Hrádecký in the chest.
The best chance for Finland came in the 76th minute when Robin Lod nicely controlled a long ball in the Macedonian box, his his finishing was simply awful as he failed to even hit the target from a close range.
The VAR system was available at this match, but it wasn’t used.
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This was the fifth game between Finland and Macedonia. For the first time an encounter end in a draw. Finland has the better record with 3 wins, Macedonia has only 1.
The next challenge for the Lynx in Turkey is Azerbaijan on Tuesday.