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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

England 2 FYR Macedonia 2 [2-2]


The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Northam, Southampton, Hampshire
Attendance: 32,095;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking, also live on Sky Sports One (UK) - Commentator - Martin Tyler

FYR Macedonia - Artim Sakiri (straight from the corner 11 10:38), Vance Trajanov (side-footed twenty yard shot after Campbell failed to clear 25 24:00).
England - David Beckham (a beautiful chip over the keeper from twenty yards 14 13:26), Steven Gerrard (eighteen yard half-volley 36).
Match Summary
England Squad
FYR Macedonia Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - David Beckham (41), Alan Smith (68 & 90+2)
FYR Macedonia - Alexander Vasoski (45).
Red Card: England - Alan Smith (90+2)

England kicked-off. 98 minutes (48 & 50).


Match Summary

Officials from Spain




FYR Macedonia

Referee (yellow) - Arturo Dauden Ibanez
38 (9 July 1964), Cantavieja, FIFA listed 1997.

Assistant Referees - Clemente Ayete Plou, 36 (31 October 1965) and Rafael Guerrero Alonso, 39 (20 April 1963).

Fourth official - Victor José Esquinas Torres, 42 (17 August 1960), Penarroya, FIFA-listed 1996.

Matthew Le Tissier, former Southampton legend and England forward, is the Guest of Honour.

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England Team



FIFA (18th Sept 2002) 9th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th to 7th
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, twentieth captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
23rd match, W 11 - D 9 - L 3 - F 44 - A 21.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 39 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

75 44 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 27 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 54 0
3 Cole, Ashley 21 20 December 1980 LB

Arsenal FC

16 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., injured off 55th min. 22 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 13 2
5 Woodgate, Jonathan S. 22 22 January 1980 CD Leeds United AFC 4 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 28 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 52 1
Beckham, David R.J. 27 2 May 1975 M

Manchester United FC

56 9
Beckham was cautioned in the 41st minute for Dissent. After Neville cleared for a throw, Beckham stood too close to the player taking the throw.
8 Scholes, Paul 27 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 51 13

Smith, Alan 21 20 October 1980 F

Leeds United AFC

6 1
Smith cautioned in the 68th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, after he crunches in on Grozdanovski. Cautioned again in the 92nd minute, again for Unsporting Behaviour, after he slid into Popov on the touchlinee. Suspended.
10 Owen, Michael J. 22 14 December 1979 F

Liverpool FC

44 19
11 Bridge, Wayne M., off 58th min. 22 5 August 1980 M

Southampton FC

9 0
England Substitutes
16 Butt, Nicholas, on 55th min. for Gerrard 27 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 25 0
18 Vassell, Darius, on 58th min. for Bridge 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 9 3

unused substitutes:

12-Danny Mills, 13-David James, 14-Gareth Southgate, 15-Owen Hargreaves, 17-Frank Lampard.

team notes:

Alan Smith is the ninth England player to be sent-off, and the first for three years. He becomes the youngest dismissal so far, at 21 years and 353 days, and after only six apppearances, the least experienced so far to be dismissed.
Sakiri's goal, straight from the corner, is the sixth time England have conceded a goal in this manner, since the first in April 1929, the last time being in March 1992 when Seaman was also in goal.


Seaman -
Neville, Campbell, Woodgate, Cole -
Beckham, Gerrard
(Butt), Scholes, Bridge (Vassell) -
Owen, Smith.
4-3-3 After Bridge's substitution, Vassell went up front.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 34.5 3.9


FYR Macedonia Team



FIFA (18th Sept 2002) 90th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 97th to 93rd
Colours: Made by Puma - Deep red crew necked jerseys with black stitching, deep red shorts, deep red socks.
Capt: Artim Sakiri Coach: Nikola Ilievski, 48(16 December 1954), appointed February 2002,  
6th match, W 2- D 3 - L 1 - F 14 - A 9.
FYR Macedonia Lineup
1 Miloshevski, Petar 29 6 December 1973 G

Malatyaspor SK, Turkey

26 GA
2 Popov, Robert 20 16 April 1982 RB FK Belasica GC Strumica 8  
3 Petrov, Robert 24 2 June 1978 LB PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria 9  
4 Sedloski, Goce, off 62nd min. 28 10 April 1974 M NK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 42  
5 Vasoski, Alexandar 21 21 November 1979 CD FC Vardar Skopje 6  
Vasoki cautioned in the 45th minute for Obstruction, while England had a free-kick.
6 Shumulikoski, Veliche 21 24 April 1981 CD FC Synot Stare Mesto, Czech Republic 9  
7 Trajanov, Vance, off 90th+3 min. 25 1 December 1977 M PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria 9
8 Mitreski, Aleksander 22 5 August 1980 M Grasshopper Club Zürich, Switzerland 7  
9 Toleski, Goce 25 5 May 1977 F FK Napredok Kicevo 5  
10 Sakiri, Artim 29 23 September 1973 F

FC CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria

11 Grozdanovski, Vlatko 19 30 January 1983 M FK Cementarnica 55 Skopje 8  
FYR Macedonia Substitutes
15 Pandev, Goran, on 62nd min. for Sedloski 19 27 July 1983 M

Spezia Calcio, Italy

5 1
16 Stojanoski, Milan, on 90th+3 min. for Trojanov 29 16 September 1973 D FK Partizan Beograd, Serbia & Montenegro 19  

unused substitutes:

12-Jane Nikoloski, 13-Boban Grncarov, 14-Miroslav Vajs, 17-Stojance Ignatov, 18-Dragan Nacevski.


Miloshevski -
Popov, Sedlovski, Vasoski, Petrov -
Grozdanovski, Trajanov
(Stojanovski), Shumulikoski, Mitrevski, Sakiri -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.9 Appearances/Goals 16.0 -


    Match Report

After the heroics in Bratislava there was a degree of deflation at St Mary's four nights later, as Macedonia stunned England with two goals in the first 25 minutes to take a priceless point back home.

The Three Lions again showed fight and character to equalise twice but, just when they needed to go up that final gear at the end, there was not quite enough left in the tank to get them to their desired destination of another three qualifying points.

And it had all started so well...before the game began that is, The news that home hero Bridge had been included in the starting line-up ensured that the atmosphere in this splendid new stadium was truly inspiring. 

Unfortunately, it also inspired Macedonia as much as England. Not only did they successfully smother the hosts with a very composed start, but they even had the temerity to take the lead - direct from a corner. Sakiri stunned the whole stadium when his 10th-minute effort curled and swirled its way into the top corner of England's goal. Seaman could not react in time and suddenly the home side were playing catch-up. Not for long though. 

Sven's men responded wonderfully well, levelling almost immediately. Scholes, who proved in Slovakia that he is too valuable in the centre to be sacrificed out wide, chipped forward to find Beckham's incisive dash through the centre. Becks controlled the ball expertly with his chest and had the composure to let the ball settle before chipping it over the advancing Milosevski.

On 25 minutes a fairly innocuous low ball was played into the England penalty area, and though Sol Campbell was first there, he did not make good contact with his clearance, shuffling the ball out to the lurking Trajanov. The midfielder found the perfect finish to curl the ball round Seaman and once again silence St Mary's.

 When Scholes blazed over after Becks had set him up, having won the ball brilliantly on the touchline, we were beginning to think that it might be "one of those nights". Then Gerrard stepped forward. Scholes picked out his captain with a high looper to the left and his header came out to Gerrard on the edge of the box. He took one touch before walloping the ball home for 2-2. It almost tore the net open.

Back on level terms, England were expected to go on and secure victory, but the opening few minutes of the second had showed that the Macedonians had no intention of surrendering the points. When Sakiri burst through on 51 minutes, it took a solid Seaman save to prevent the underdogs from going in front for a third time.

A minute later Gerrad saw jis lob go agonisingly just over the bar. More agonising still was the injury that he picked up stretching for a loose ball. England got a free-kick in Beckham range with a few minutes left on the clock and the crowd thaought that their prayers had been answered. But not even Becks has a divine right to score every time. The unlucky Smith then received a second yellow card in injury time. - The Football Association Yearbook 2003-04, pp42-43

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Football Association Yearbook 2003-04