Toshack sticks to 4-2-3-1 formation; photo:

Toshack sticks to 4-2-3-1 formation

Toshack sticks to 4-2-3-1 formation; photo: manager John Toshack has decided to stick with a 4-2-3-1 formation for the Andorra game.

Ferhan Hasani replaces Goran Pandev who was shown a red card in the Russia game, Daniel Mojsov comes on for the suspended Nikolce Noveski (two yellow cards), while Muarem Muarem takes the place of the suspended Muhamed Demiri (also two yellow cards).  The starting 11 is very young as seven of the players are 24 years old or younger.  The oldest player in the starting lineup is Velice Sumulikoski at 30 years old, both Vance Sikov and Goran Popov are 26 years old, while the keeper Martin Bogatinov is 25 years old.  Toshack is expecting a good performance and for Macedonia to score several goals.  Goran Popov stated that Macedonia has worked overtime in training this week on free kicks and corner kicks because Andorra will commit a lot of fouls and play very defensive.  Macedonia has the size advantage over Andorra and will try to utilize that by attempting to win headers from set pieces.  In the first matchup between these two teams in October of last year, Macedonia won 2:0 and both goals came from headers following corner kicks.  

Here is the formation:


The bench consists of Tome Pacovski (#2 keeper), defenders Igor Mitreski, Vlade Lazarevski, and Robert Petrov, midfielder Muhamed Huseini, and attackers Aleksandar Trajkovski and Samir Fazli.  Vlatko Grozdanoski did not make the bench and will watch the game from the stands.  Stefan Ristovski was also called up among the 20 players but he played for the U21 national team earlier in the day so he will sit out the Andorra game.  Ristovski ended up scoring a goal in the 3:1 win for Macedonia U21 over their counterparts from Cyprus.

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