Macedonia recorded a win in the second round of the friendly tournament in Latvia by defeating host counterparts.
photo by LFF: a fuss in the Macedonian box
After the opening round defeat by Russia by a lone goal, the young Macedonia came back in the tournament with a 2:0 win over the host country. No goals were scored in the first half as the play was more of less equal.
Macedonia took the lead from the spot in the 63rd minute when Novevski successfully converted a penalty kick. The penalty was won by Besfort Arifi who was knock down in the box by keeper Aleksandrovs.
Only six minute later Macedonia doubled the lead. Again Arifi played a great part as he dribbled past Solovjovs to then find Maksimov whose header wasn’t really good but luckily the ball ended up behind the line.
Jūrmalas pilsētas stadium in Sloka
Latvia – Macedonia 0:2 (0:0)
Goals: 63′ (pen) Vlada Novevski, 69′ Metodi Maksimov
Latvia: 12. Niks Daniels Aleksandrovs; 5. Artjoms Zamullo (46′ 19. Rūdolfs Zeņģis, 90′ 17. Krists Bāliņš), 8. Deniss Meļņiks, 4. Rūdolfs Reingolcs, 6. Deniss Solovjovs (73′ 13. Maksims Muzafarovs), 3. Ingus Valters Grinbergs, 10. Jēkabs Lagūns (C), 2. Artūrs Gorodnickis, 14. Agris Glaudāns (73′ 11. Dāvis Zeltiņš), 9. Gļebs Cvetkovs (63′ 16. Oskars Vientiess), 18. Svetoslavs Čugunovs (90′ 20. Dīvs Rīns).
Macedonia: 1. Marko Alchevski (46′ 12. Aleksa Jordanov); 14. Ali Asani, 15. Neshat Murati (79′ 6. Spase Terziev), 10. Vlada Novevski, 4. Dimitar Todorovski (C), 2. Filip Kostovski (90’+3 13. Anatolij Petejchuk), 20. Mario Ilievski (60′ 9. Metodi Maksimov), 19. Sava Avramovski (88′ 7. Behar Fetahi), 8. Ivan Nikolov, 18. Luka Stankovski (90’+3 17. Filip Andonovski), 11. Mario Kosteski (60′ 3. Besfort Arifi).
Yellow cards: Cvetkovs, Aleksandrovs, Čugunovs, Muzafarovs (L), Nikolov (M)
Red cards: /
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs
In the other game of this round Finland beat Russia with the same result of 2:0.
In the last round, which is scheduled for Saturday, Macedonia will play against current leaders Finland. The match will kick-off at 15.00 CET. At the same time hosts Latvia will face Russia.