Macedonia managed to play only 1:1 against Malta in the last test before September’s EURO 2012 qualifications.
With no tv, radio or online commentary from the Ta’ Qali National Stadium, the Macedonian football fans were left to follow the game on the livescore sites on the world wide web. third game in a row, after June’s friendlies against Azerbaijan and Romania, no Macedonian tv station decided to broadcast the game.
Ivan Trickovski opened the score with a header in the 36th minute and Macedonia took the lead with 0:1. This was second goal for Trickovski in the national team as he scored one in the 3:1 win against Azerbaijan in June. In the begining of the second half, in the 47th minute exactly, Malta tied on 1:1 thanks to Michael Mifsud’s header. Mifsud is the best player in the Malta national team and the 29-years-old scored his 25th national career goal.
FFM also made a clear mistake after put on their web site a story in which claims that this game is 150th official in the history of the Macedonian national football team. This was actually 148th game including the friendly against Montenegro in Skopje that FIFA later decided not to count because Macedonia used one substitute more than it was allowed. FFM probably counts the two games played on a tournament in Iran in 2005 where Macedonia was represented by the B-squad and it’s result weren’t recognized by FIFA because in the same days another squad represented Macedonia and played a friendly away to Liechtenstein. This is another huge statistical mistake by FFM after few years ago miscounted Goran Pandev goals in the national team, giving him an extra ghost goal.
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Macedonia’s next challenge is the qualification game for the EURO 2012 away in Bratislava against World Cup 2010 participant Slovakia. The game is sheduled for 3rd of September. Four days later, Macedonia will host Armenia in Skopje.