U16: Macedonia second-to-last at 2019 Aegean Cup (Video)

Disappointing results for the young Macedonians at the tournament in Turkey. Two defeats and a draw with only one goal scored in three matches is outcome of the Under-16 Aegean Cup.

photo by TFF: the Macedonians sing the anthem before the last encounter

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The current Macedonian U16 national team that from September will be transformed into the U17 national team for the EURO qualifiers participated at a friendly tournament in Turkey the past few days.

There was a change in the group involving the Macedonian team. Due to the withdrawal of Azerbaijan, originally drawn in Group A, Albania was moved to that group and a second team of Turkey was added to the Group B to play with Macedonia, Spain and Russia.

The young Macedonian did not start the tournament good recording a big defeat by Russia. The Russians were superior scoring four goals, three of them in the first half.

In the second match Macedonia faced Spain under a heavy rain and once again left the field empty handed, but at least recorded a more decent defeat by conceding two goals. What worries us is that the team failed to score in two matches in a row.

By losing the opening two matches Macedonia already faced elimination since the top two in each group would proceed. The last game against Turkey B was more of a training match for Goran Stankovski’s boys. Eventually the young Lynx scored a goal through Behar Feta who equalized bringing Macedonia the first and only point at this tournament.

Tire stadium in Izmir Turkey
Russia Russia – Macedonia Macedonia 4:0 (1:0)
Goals: 21′ Arsen Zakharyan, 49′ (pen), 61′ Artem Sokolov, 52′ Dmitri Malygin
Russia: Odoevskiy; Akulov, Varatynov, Levin (75′ Furman), Shaykhtdinov (75′ Chudetskiy), Zakharyan (60′ Laykin), Samoylov (40′ Nikolaev), Sokolov, Kuznetsov (30′ Bagrintsev), Malygin (60′ Emelyanov), Pershin (60′ Vit. Shitov).
Macedonia: 1. Luka Stojkovski; 2. Lavdrim Ibrahimi, 3. Gregori Davkov, 4. unknown, 7. Behar Feta, 8. unknown, 9. Filip Trpchevski, 10. unknown, 11. Emir Saitoski, 15. Hristijan Nikolovski (C), 17. Salih Muslioski.

Altınordu Metin Oktay Yerleşkesi stadium in Torbalı Turkey
Spain Spain – Macedonia Macedonia 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 12′ (og) Samet Redjepi, 47′ Israel Salazar Piriz
Spain: Ibon; Ispizua, Jesús Vázquez, Rubén Iranzo (64′ Ibrahim Cámara), Adrián Granado, Nestor Lucas (57′ Jordi Ortega), Israel Salazar (C) (64′ Alan Godoy), Bruno Iglesias (64′ Carlos Álvarez), Álvaro Pérez, Javier Serrano (64′ Joan Gallego), Hugo Novoa, Davi Vilán (57′ David de la Vibora).
Macedonia: 12. Filip Vanevski; 2. Lavdrim Ibrahimi (60′ 16. Filip Gjorgovski), 3. Gregori Davkov, 5. Samet Redjepi, 6. Hristijan Georgievski (66′ 20. Darko Markovski), 7. Behar Feta, 9. Filip Trpchevski (66′ Petar Davidovski), 11. Emir Saitoski (54′ Murtezan Neziri), 14. Luka Gjorgjievski (60′ Alban Taipi), 15. Hristijan Nikolovski (C), 17. Salih Muslioski (54′ Oktaj Rakipi).
Yellow cards: Lavdrim Ibrahimi (M)
Referee: Bris Asim Ünal Turkey

Altınordu Metin Oktay Yerleşkesi stadium in Torbalı Turkey
Turkey Turkey B – Macedonia Macedonia 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: 40′ Efecan Barlık – 52′ Behar Feta
Turkey B: Atalay Gökçe (41′ Osman Ertuğrul Çetin), Eren Güler, İsmail Zehir (63′ Ahmet Deha Sarıahmet), Efecan Barlık (70′ Göktürk Mercimek), Alperen Soysal (70′ Hüseyin Biber), Muhammet Furkan Gülhan (41′ Ata Öztürk), Özgür Deryol, Ahmetcan Kaplan, Eray Güneş (57′ Furkan Yaşa), Mehmet Eray Özbek, Eyüp Oskan (41′ Samet Halvaci).
Macedonia: 1. Luka Stojkovski; 2. Lavdrim Ibrahimi (78′ 5. Samet Redjepi), 3. Gregori Davkov, 6. Hristijan Georgievski (47′ Oktaj Rakipi), 7. Behar Feta (60′ Petar Davidovski), 9. Filip Trpchevski, 11. Emir Saitoski (41′ Alban Taipi), 14. Luka Gjorgjievski (41′ 17. Salih Muslioski), 15. Hristijan Nikolovski (C), 16. Filip Gjorgovski, 20. Darko Markovski (47′ Murtezan Neziri).
Yellow cards: Efecan Barlık (T)
Referee: Fatih Tokail Turkey

Final standings:

M W D L GD P
Spain Spain 3 3 0 0 6:2 9 semifinal
Turkey Turkey B 3 1 1 1 2:2 4 semifinal
Russia Russia 3 1 0 2 6:4 3
Macedonia Macedonia 3 0 1 2 1:7 1

Spain and Turkey B advanced into the semifinals.

In the overall rankings Macedonia finished 7th from eight teams. Only Moldova ended behind Goran Stankovski’s team as they lost all three matches.

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