U17: Macedonia holds Italy to goalless draw

After the poor showing against Scotland, the U17 national team held the favorite Italy to a goalless draw on Friday.

In the second game of Group 12, Macedonia managed to grab a point against the favorites for first place, Italy. After losing 3:0 to Scotland on Wednesday, the young Macedonians played much better which resulted in a hard fought draw. With this point, Macedonia stayed alive for the second position, but they must now defeat the host nation of Bulgaria in the last matchday, scheduled for this upcoming Monday.

The teams line up before the game; photo: FIGC

In the other match on the schedule today, Bulgaria beat Scotland 2:0. That proved to be a good result for Macedonia.

Sozopol stadium in Sozopol, Bulgaria
Italy U17 – Macedonia U17 0:0
Goals: /
Italy: Filippo Marricchi; Luca Pellegrini, Alessandro Bastoni, Edoardo Bianchi, Raoul Bellanova; Matteo Gabbia, Alessio Militari (49′ Andrea Marcucci), Filippo Melegoni (C); Andrea Pinamonti, Gianluca Scamacca (80’+1 Gabriele Gori), Mirko Antonucci (62′ Marco Olivieri).
Macedonia: Hristijan Stevkovski; Kiril Ristovski, Andrej Kirovski (C), Antonio Mitrev, Todor Todoroski; Kristijan Trapanovski, Elif Elmas, Jani Atanasov, Marko Ferukoski (78′ Filip Jovanovski); Dimitar Mitrovski, Boban Zdravevski.
Yellow cards: Gabbia, Scamacca, Bellanova, Pellegrini (S), Elmas, Ristovski, Todoroski, Stevkovski (M)
Red cards: /
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (Estonia)

Table after Round 2:

Group 12 MP W D L GD P
Italy Italy 2 1 1 0 3:0 4
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2 1 0 1 2:3 3
Scotland Scotland 2 1 0 1 3:2 3
Macedonia Macedonia 2 0 1 1 0:3 1

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