The Macedonian women bounced back from a heavy defeat against Italy to play a 1:1 draw against Greece today.
In the second qualifying match of Group 1 for the women’s UEFA Euro 2013, Macedonian played their counterparts from Greece at the Goce Delcev Stadium in Prilep. The visitors took the lead in the 37th minute when Anastasia Papadopulou scored the opening goal but Greece was then down to 10 players two minutes later when Maria Adamaki received her second yellow card of the game and was shown a red card by the referee. It took a long time for Macedonia to score the equalizing goal but the best player on the team, Natasa Andonova, secured a point in the 86th minute when she scored directly from a free kick. The 17-year-old Andonova is a highly rated player who plays her club football in Germany with Turbine Potsdam.
After Macedonia’s initial heavy defeat against Italy (0:9) several days ago, the women bounced back and collected their first point in the campaign. Both Macedonia and Greece have 1 point as Italy and Russia currently top the group with 6 points apiece. Macedonia’s next match is against Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 13th of November, also in Prilep.
Macedonia’s line-up: Kostova, S. Andonova, Mileska, Mitrevska, Rochi, Andreevska (69′ Naceva), Brahimi (c) (69′ Dimkoska), N. Andonova, Salihi, Smilkoska, Georgieva (78′ Naumoska).