U21: Ukraine – Macedonia 3:1

Defeat in the opening match for the young Macedonians at the Antalya Cup in Turkey despite the good play.

photo by FFU: Davor Zdravkovski leads an attack before Maksym Chekh

Returnee coach Blagoja Milevski did not have the best first match since he got back coaching the U21 national team. This new generation is yet to be well-rehearsed and these friendlies serve for that. Results here aren’t in the first plan. Milevski today constantly shouted towards his players as they were making many mistakes despite dominating in part of the match. The Ukrainian counterparts were more experienced opponent who seized their scoring chances and deservedly won the game.

Ukraine was more determined right from the start. After just seven minutes of play they broke the dead lock. Macedonia created several equalizing chances, but failed to score. The one goal score was maintained until the 7oth minute when Ukraine doubled the lead. Six minutes from time they added a third, however just a minute later the Macedonians managed to score a consolation goal through Mario Krstovski.

Bellis Sport Center in Belek Turkey
Ukraine Ukraine – Macedonia Macedonia 3:1 (1:0)
Goals: 7′ Roman Vantukh, 70′ Yevhenii Smyrnyi, 84′ Dmytro Topalov – 85′ Mario Krstovski
Ukraine: 12. Kucherenko; 3. Baboglo (46′ 20. Semenikhin), 4. Dubinchak (46′ 24. Stetskov), 5. Vantukh, 6. Cheberko (C), 10. Liedniev (46′ 7. Lunov), 14. Kozak (46′ 9. Topalov), 15. Alibekov, 19. Smyrnyi, 21. Yakimets (46′ 22. Milovanov), 26. Chekh (46′ 2. Bykov).
Macedonia: 1. Bozhinoski; 3. Antovski (73′ 25. Manevski), 5. Rufati, 6. Lichina, 7. Ristovski (62′ 17. Krstovski), 8. Atanasov (62′ 14. Sabovic), 9. Abaz (62′ 20. Milovanovikj, 80′ 16. Ferukoski), 10. Zdravkovski (C) (62′ 24. Ackovski), 11. Trapanoski (62′ 13. Ametov), 21. Mitrovski (62′ 18. Tosheski, 80′ 19. Daci), 22. Todoroski (62′ 2. Jovanov).

The next match for Macedonia at this friendly tournament is on Sunday against Latvia.

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