That’s it! Macedonia for the first time reaches a European championship! Pandev’s goal broke the tie in Tbilisi as Macedonia celebrated a lone goal win.
photo by Petr Stojanovski / FFM: celebration in Tbilisi
It wasn’t a quality match tonight in Tbilisi, but non will remember the play, but the result. Macedonia started with a lot of stagefright. The opening half the Lyxs barely made a proper action. The Georgians had three chances through Okriashvili (two) and Gvilia, not that serious, while in the 35th minute came the only Macedonian opportunity. Alioski sent a cross for Pandev who tried a header from the edge of the box, but Loria made a good save.
Both coaches did not make any changes at half-time, despite the bad play. In the 56th minute Elmas from the left side nicely penetrated through the Georgian defense, gave the ball to Pandev who immediately gave him back. Elmas than passed to Nestorovski who greatly served Pandev. Our best player did not miss the opportunity and put the ball into the home net.
Georgia cold not create a serious threat. Macedonia managed to hold the result desperately waiting the final whistle. Eventually, after the 4th injury minute ended, English referee Anthony Taylor blew for end and the Macedonian went jubilant.
Pandev cried and cried, at the age of 37, in the dying moments of his career, he will see his dream come true, to play at a major tournament with his bellowed Macedonia.
To view the match report click here.