U21: Macedonia lose to Latvia

The U21 suffer back to back defeats as they fell to Latvia in their second game of the Antalya Cup.

photo: moment into the match


The Macedonians suffered a 1:0 defeat to Latvia in a tough match mainly due to the conditions. Coach Milevski fielded a nearly complete new team compared to the one against Ukraine. It was a very windy day which held the ball up the ball a lot and disturbed the game. Even though the Macedonians are the better footballing side but they just couldn’t get into a rhythm due to Latvia making it scrappy. However, Macedonia just simply didn’t turn and do enough to deserve anything out of that game. They were poor on the ball and didn’t create any clear-cut chances. The lone goal came in the 68th minute against the run of play when a deep free kick was crossed into the box and headed back across goal for an easy tap in by Kaspars Kokins.

Limak Arcadia Sports Center in Belek Turkey
Macedonia Macedonia – Latvia Latvia 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: 68′ Kaspars Kokins
Macedonia: 1. Bozhinoski (46′ 23. Kotevski); 2. Jovanov (46′ 22. Todoroski), 4. Trajanovski, 15. Sadiki, 25. Manevski (46′ 3. Antovski); 24. Ackovski (46′ 21. Mitrovski), 14. Sabovic (46′ 10. Zdravkovski), 18. Tosheski (46′ 8. Atanasov); 16. Ferukoski (46′ 9. Abaz), 13. Ametov (46′ 11. Trapanovski, 74′ 20. Milovanovikj); 17. Krstovski (C) (46′ 19. Daci, 74′ 7. Ristovski).
Latvia: 12. Puriņš; 14. Saveļjevs, 17. Čudars (90’+1 3. Balodis), 13. Toņiševs (57′ 11. Hvoiņickis), 4. Minkevičs; 9. Samoilovs (57′ 20. Jaunzems), 7. Birka, 5. Veips (C), 16. Cucurs; 19. Regža (63′ 21. Kokins), 24. Ziemelis (57′ 10. Zelenkovs).
Yellow cards: Todoroski, Sadiki (M), Hvoiņickis, Minkevičs (L)
Referee: Selcuk Keklik Turkey
Assistants: Şaban Karaderili & Mehmet Ali Keskin Turkey

There next match is against Estonia on Tuesday the 26th at 15:00 CET.

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