The young Macedonians were twice equalizing in the first friendly match away to their Albanian counterparts.
photo by FFM: archived photo of the u18s
In a small town near the city of Elbasan, hosts Albanian and the Macedonian guests today played the first of the two friendly matches.
Early into the match Ilievski hit the bar and later the hosts broke the dead lock by taking the lead. The scorer was Murati, a young defender born in Tetovo who is part of Shkendija. Besides him, another Macedonia based player featured for Albania. It is the defender of Pelister, Ismaili.
Macedonia waited until the 72nd minute to equalize when Omeragikj assisted to Feta. But just six minutes later the Albanians won a penalty kick which was successfully converted by Sulollari. Still, the young Lynx managed to level the score once again, this time through substitute Maksimov.
Sоpot stadium in Librazhd
Albania U18 – Macedonia U18 2:2 (1:0)
Goals: 15′ Neshat Murati, 78′ (pen) Henri Sulollari – 72′ Behar Feta, 81′ Metodi Maksimov
Albania: 1. Fatmir Ceka; 5. Neshat Murati; 6. Edon Pruti; 4. Juhino Kuci; 2. Usni Ismaili (65′ 21. Lion Cahani); 3. Demir Zahi (55′ 16. Omar Musai); 10. Gledjan Pusi (65′ 18. Julian Tafa); 11. Henri Sulollari (C); 7. Ermelindo Mema; 9. Leonard Gaxhia; 8. Safet Zaimi.
Macedonia: 1. Marko Alchevski; 2. Filip Kostovski (57′ 13. Benjamin Dalipi), 3. Altrim Jakupi, 4. Redon Kjamili (46′ 17 Ivan Nikolov), 5. Gorast Stojmenov (46′ 16. Spase Terziev), 6. Aleksandar Gjurkovski, 7. Behar Feta, 8. Luka Stankovski (65′ 22. Metodi Maksimov), 9. Mario Ilievski (65′ 19. Azer Omeragikj), 10. Dimitar Todorovski (C), 11. Besfort Arifi (57′ 20. Leonid Ignatov).
Yellow cards: Zaimi (A), Gjurkovski, Terziev (M)
Red cards: /
Referee: Roxhers Muka
The second friendly between the same teams will be played tomorrow at 13.00 CET at the same venue.