The young Macedonians defeated their Montenegrin counterparts thanks to a lone goal by Gjoko Zajkov.
Both teams entered the field with white t-shirts each bearing a grayscale photo of former national team goalkeeper Petar Miloshevski who tragically died in car accident last March. In his honor, the ground that hosted today’s friendly was given his name.
Problems in the opening minutes for Montenegro as their captain Luka Đorđević picked up an injury and had to be substituted. David Babunski, who appeared for the seniors in yesterday’s home defeat by Slovakia in the EURO 2016 qualifications, was included in the starting 11 as he played only 16 minutes against the Slovaks. Macedonia controlled the game but couldn’t find the back of the net until the 38th minute. After a corner kick captain Gjoko Zajkov headed the ball behind the goal line bringing Macedonia the lead.
The second half was no different. The visitors gave some effort but the Macedonian defense was great in their task. In the 77th minute Pivkovski had a great chance to double the lead when he was alone in front of the visiting goal, but his shot from 5 meters was saved by Kordić. The score did not change and the game ended with a one goal win for Macedonia. Coach Blagoja Milevski made 6 substitutions, failing to field the likes of Viktor Talevski, Christian Kackarovski, Leon Najdovski and Igor Aleksovski. The visitors used all reserve players, but keep in mind that they came with two players less than Macedonia.
For Milevski, this was the second win in the second game since he took over the job. Last month Macedonia beat Romania also in a friendly at home.
Sports Complex Petar Miloshevski in Skopje
Macedonia U21 – Montenegro U21 1:0 (1:0)
Scorer: 38′ Gjoko Zajkov
Macedonia: Damjan Shishkovski; Filip Ristovski (85′ Angelche Timovski), Gjoko Zajkov (C), Darko Velkovski, Besir Demiri; Boban Nikolov (68′ Hristijan Ivanov), David Babunski (57′ Viktor Angelov), Enis Bardi; Filip Pivkovski (83′ Burhan Mustafov), Marjan Radeski (57′ Tauljant Sulejmanov), Valmir Nafiu (82′ Demir Imeri).
Montenegro: Ilija Đurović (46′ Marko Kordić); Momčilo Raspopović (55′ Ivan Racković), Boris Kapitović, Nemanja Cavnić (55′ Luka Uskoković); Miloš Pavićević, Goran Milojko (68′ Dušan Lagator), Nebojša Kosović (68′ Deni Hočko), Marko Janković (73′ Vasko Kalezić), Andrija Vukčević; Luka Đorđević (C) (4′ Žarko Grbović), Nikola Vujnović (73′ Uroš Đuranović).
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Macedonia)
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