Despite leading 2:0, the young Macedonians were defeated at the end by their Romanian counterparts.
Macedonia grabbed the lead thanks to a penalty goal by Petar Petkovski after Pădurariu made a foul in the box. The same player doubled the lead few minutes into the second half with a close-range shot. After ten minutes Romania pulled one back when Manea served Pădurariu who’s header found the back of the net. The hosts made a total come back in the last 12 minutes. First Cicâldău tied the score before Manea made another assist this time for Dulca who scored the game winner two minutes before the end.
Macedonia and Romania will face again on Sunday at 10.00 CET at the same ground.
Centrul de Fotbal FRF in Buftea
Romania U18 – Macedonia U18 3:2 (0:1)
Goalscorers: 61′ Pădurariu, 78′ Cicâldău, 88′ Dulca – 19′ (pen), 52′ Petkovski
Romania U18: Eugen Brie; Mihai Zamfir (46′ Victor Rogoza), Ștefan Suru, Rareș Pădurariu, Dan Panait; Andrei Târcoveanu (c) (59′ Marius Chelaru), Angelo Iuga; Sebastian Mailat (59′ Andrei Ghiunghiuș), Alexandru Cicâldău (90’+1 Florentin Pham), Alin Manea; Bogdan Bălan (59′ Alexandru Dulca).
Macedonia U18: Filip Ilikj; Slobodan Bocevski, Sabahudin Alomerovikj, Redjep Kurt, Darko Digalovski, Igor Percinkov, Boban Georgiev (86′ Hristijan Karanfilovski), Sabit Biljali (45′ Stefan Jevtovski), Petar Petkovski (c), Martin Mirchevski (46′ Besart Iseni), Remzifaik Selmani (62′ Bunjamin Ameti).
Yellow cards: Pădurariu, Pham (R), Alomerovikj, Jevtovski (M)
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