Macedonia was just second away from winning a point against Spain but a goal deep into the injury time denied the young Lynx a well deserved reward for their effort.
photo by Jovan Trpcheski: moment of the match
Spain was the better team on the field with far more attacks and possession, but the Macedonian gave their best to get something out of this match. The home defense was doing a great job, heroically preventing the Spaniard from scoring despite their numerous occasions. The few attempts that managed to get past the Macedonian back line were well saved by keeper Alchevski.
However, the Macedonian bunker was broken in the fifth minute of the injury time when substitute players Israel Salazar Piriz scored after Jordi Escobar assisted him from right.
Petar Miloshevski stadium in Skopje
Spain – Macedonia 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 90’+5 Israel Salazar Piriz
Spain: 1. Pol Tristan Jimenez; 12. Joel Lopez Salguero (65′ 3. Javier Lopez Carballo), 5. Alvaro Carrillo Alacid, 4. José Martinez Marsà, 15. José Menargues (73′ 19. Israel Salazar Piriz); 6. Alex Rico Pico, 10. German Valera Karabinaite (C) (84′ 18. Kepa Uriarte Uriarte), 20. Alejandro Blesa Pina; 7. Yeremi Jesus Pino Santos (64′ 17. Miguel Rodriguez Vidal), Jordi Escobar, 11. Mario Soriano Carreño (73′ 2. David Lopez-Guerrero Luna).
Macedonia: 1. Marko Alchevski; 3. Ali Asani, 5. Ivan Nikolov, 6. Gorazd Stojmenov, 2. Alekasnadr Gjurkovski; 8. Mario Ilievski (87′ 20. Besfort Arifi), 10. Vlada Novevski, 4. Dimitar Todorovski (C) (76′ 14. Filip Andonovski); 11. Mario Kosteski (90’+1 13. Anatolij Petejchuk), 9. Metodi Maksimov, 7. Sava Avramovski (76′ 17. Behar Fetai).
Yellow cards: Lopez Salguero, Soriano Carreño, Tristan Jimenez (S), Nikolov, Maksimov, Alchevski, Fetai (M)
Red cards: /
Referee: Ioannis Papadopoulos
In the other match of this opening round played earlier today, after a goalless first half Israel easily demolished the Faroe Islands scoring six goals in the second 45 minutes.
Macedonia will now face Israel on Tuesday at 15.15 CET at the same venue. This match will be crucial for the final standings.