Macedonia played a high scoring draw away to Estonia in the Round 3 of the second Nations League season.
photo by ERR: Estonia gets ready to take a free kick
Macedonia: Shishkovski, Ristovski, Zajkov, Ristevski, Alioski, Spirovski, Nikolov, Kostadinov, Hasani, Trajkovski, Trichkovski. Bench: Bozhinovski, Velkovski, Bardhi, Pandev, Nestorovski, Stojanovski, Velkoski. Coach: Igor Angelovski
Estonia: Hein, Kuusk, Pikk, Käit, Kreida, Sinyavskiy, Vassiljev, Sappinen, Luts, Baranov, Teniste.
Bench: Kotenko, Igonen, Tur, Tunjov, Lepik, Soomets, Liivak, Lilander, Pürg, Järvelaid, Marin, Ainsalu. Coach: Karel Voolaid
3rd minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Estonia – Macedonia 0:1 Estonia scores a comical own goal. A defender, Marten Kuusk tries to play a pass back to the keeper, but the keeper was not where the defender expected. The keeper then tries to recover, but he is unable to. It leads to an own goal.
15th minute: Sappinen had a header comfortably saved by Shishkovski.
16th minute: Big chance for Estonia. They play a long ball, Zajkov slips, and Kält has a great look on goal. However, the shot was right at the keeper.
18th minute: Another chance for Estonia. Baranov outmaneuvers his marker Zajkov and has a decent look following a corner kick, but he skies his volley over the goal.
23rd minute: A shot from Aleks Trajkovski is saved easily by Estonia keeper Hein.
29th minute: We carelessly lose the ball in midfield. Going the other way, Estonia’s captain Vassiljev tries a shot that goes just wide.
33rd minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Estonia ties the game at 1:1.
A low cross from the left hand side is finished from close range by Rauno Sappinen.
43rd minute: Trajkovski makes a pass to Trichkovski who is unable to keep his effort down. It goes well over.
45th minute: Trajkovski has a go directly from a free kick. It ended up just over the goal.
That free kick sailing just over was also the final play of the half as the referee then blew the whistle for halftime.
Halftime: Estonia – Macedonia 1:1
The 2nd half is about to start. One change for our NT as Enis Bardhi comes on for Ferhan Hasani.
46th minute: Alioski tries a shot from distance. It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner kick.
52nd minute: Good cross from Ristovski reaches Trichkovski inside the area, but his shot was right at the keeper.
61st minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Estonia leads 2:1.
After a free kick into the box, Estonia had one go that was blocked, the next attempt was saved by Shishkovski, but the rebound of that was tapped in. Sappinen scored his second goal.
64th minute: Goran Pandev and Ilija Nestorovski came on for Ivan Trichkovski and Boban Nikolov.
66th minute: Penalty awarded to Macedonia for a hand ball inside the area.
67th minute: Trajkovski misses the penalty. It hits the top of the crossbar.
71st minute: A shot from Spirovski ends up inches wide of the right goal post. Initially, I though that was in, but it just missed.
76th minute: Penalty to Estonia for a hand ball. A free kick strikes the wall. The referee says it hit a Bardhi’s hand. Penalty.
76th minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Estonia leads 3:1. Perfectly taken penalty by Frank Liivak leaves the keeper no chance.
77th minute: Vlatko Stojanovski and Krste Velkoski came on for Aleksandar Trajkovski and Tihomir Kostadinov.
80th minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Pandev scores to cut the deficit. A nice cross from Ristovski is met by Pandev who calmly sends a shot to the back of the net. 3:2 Estonia
81st minute: Nice pass from Pandev to Nestorovski. He chests the ball, turns, but then falls instead of shooting. He wants a penalty; the referee says no.
87th minute: GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL.
Tie game. Zajkov scores to level the score at 3:3. Following a corner, there is heavy traffic. One effort is blocked. The ball then reaches Zajkov whose shot is deflected and goes past the keeper.
Final Estonia 3:3 Macedonia