U17: Finland – Macedonia 3:1

Finland is the winner of the friendly tournament in Latvia after they cemented the table top with a win over Macedonia in the final round.

photo by LFF: the Macedonians before the previous match

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The young Lynx had to celebrate a win in order to take over the top from their Finish counterparts, but Fиnland proved to be a much better team.

Finland scored two goals in the first half and right after the break added a third after which it was obvious the match outcome. Macedonia only managed to score a consolation goal halfway through the second half. It was a goal by Besfort Arifi after an assist by Metodi Maksimov.

Zemgales Olimpiskā centra stadium in Jelgava
Finland Finland – Macedonia Macedonia 3:1 (2:0)
Goals: 13′ Martin Salin, 29′, 46′ Santeri Väänänen – 63′ Besfort Arifi
Finland: 12. Lucas Bergström; 5. Matti Peltola, 7. Samuel Anini Jr., 8. Santeri Väänänen (C) (70′ 6. Roope Kantola), 10. Martin Salin (83′ 4. Tony Miettinen), 13. Jussi Niska (63′ 2. Juho Lehtiranta), 14. Doni Arifi, (46′ 16. Adam Marhiev), 15. Lassi Forss, 17. Leo Ussher, 18. Eetu Mömmö, 19. Pyry Lampinen (46′ 9. Sampo Ala).
Macedonia: 12. Aleksa Jordanov; 14. Ali Asani, 5. Aleksandar Gjurkovski, 8. Ivan Nikolov, 13. Anatolij Petejchuk; 4. Dimitar Todorovski (C), 19. Sava Avramovski, 10. Vlada Novevski; 11. Mario Kosteski, 9. Metodi Maksimov, 7. Behar Fetahi.

In the other game hosts Latvia won their first point by playing a 2:2 draw against Russia. That was enough for Russia to end as runners-up, pushing Mario Vujovikj’s boys to the third position in the final standings.

Final standings:

M W D L GD P
Finland Finland 3 3 0 0 7:2 9
Russia Russia 3 1 1 1 3:4 4
Macedonia Macedonia 3 1 0 2 3:4 3
Latvia Latvia 3 0 1 2 2:6 1

The Finish players celebrate with the first place medals; photo: SPL

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