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FINAL MEETING vs. NORTH MACEDONIA


 

  Monday, 20 November 2023
2024 UEFA European Championship Group C qualification match

North Macedonia 1 England 1 [1-0]
 
 
Toše Proeski Arena, Debar Maalo, Skopje
Kick-off (CET): 8.45pm 7.45pm GMT
Attendance: 27,982
101 minutes
50:12 & 51:19
Kyle Walker won the toss.
Phil Foden kicked off

   
[0-0]Enis Bardhi penalty 41 40:31
 right-footed strike saved by Pickford
 (Lewis fouled Miovski 36:39)
 VAR checked and awarded 38:52

[1-0] Enis Bardhi rebound 41 40:33
put away the rebound from the 6yd line after it fell back to his feet
[0-0] Declan Rice strike hits the post 13:49






[1-0] foul on Harry Maguire VAR checked 45+4



200th goal in the Southgate era>
[1-0] Jack Grealish goal disallowed: offside 46:42
 VAR checked and unawarded 49:32
[1-1] Jani Atanasov own goal 59 58:02
Phil Foden: FORTUNATE

under pressure from Harry Kane, Atanasov shoulders the ball past hisown keeper from the 6yd line from Phil Foden's corner
Elif Elmas 17 16:06
Rico Lewis 39 38:58
  Trent Alexander-Arnold 56 55:35  
  Commentator: Steve Bower with Dion Dublin
 
"THANK GOD WE DIDN'T HAVE TO PLAY THE WHOLE OF MACEDONIA!" Mirrorsport
Officials from Slovakia Macedonia Squad Type England Squad
Referee (black)
Filip Glova
35 (15 February 1988), Košice, FIFA-listed 2016
5 Goal Attempts 16
3 Attempts on Target 2
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 1
Daniel Poláček
35 (15 May 1988), Banská Bystrica
Peter Bednár
36 (21 April 1987), Spišska Nová Ves
1 Corner Kicks Won 6
Fourth official
Boris Marhefka
, 36 (27 July 1987), Banská Bystrica, FIFA-listed 2016.

UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon, Belgium
UEFA Referee Observer:
1 Offside Calls Against 2
16 Fouls Conceded 15
29% Possession 71%
Video Assistant Officials                
Michal Ocenáš, 32 (7 January 1991), Žilina
Paweł Pskit, 43, Poland
North Macedonia Team
 
 Rank  FIFA (26 October 2023) 66th
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating 68th
Colours Made by Jako - Red v-necked jerseys with yellow sunburst design from chest and yellow panel on cuffs, red shorts, red socks
Captain Enis Bardhi Manager Blagoja Milevski
52 (25 March 1971), appointed 1 August 2021
22nd match, W 8 - D 6 - L 10 - F 32 - A 38.
North Macedonia Lineup
1 Dimitrievski, Stole 29
331 days
25 December 1993 GK Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, Spain 66 0
15 Manev, Jovan 22
299 days
25 January 2001 RB Nk Osijek, Croatia, on loan from Adana Demirspor, Turkey 6 1
4 Serafimov, Nikola 24
101 days
11 August 1999 CD MOL Fehérvár FC, Hungary 12 0
6 Musliu, Visar 29
7 days
13 November 1994 LB SC Paderborn 07, Germany 57 1
14 Dimoski, Bojan, off 86th min. 21
362 days
23 November 2001 RM FC Akron Tolyatti, Russia 9 0
10 Bardhi, Enis 28
141 days
2 July 1995 RCM Trabzonspor Kb, Turkey 62 15
93rd penalty kick awarded (30th missed)
21 Atanasov, Jani, off 90+1st min. 24
20 days
31 October 1999 CM MKS Cracovia SSA, Poland 14 2
61st own goal scored for England
18 Alimi, Isnik, off 75th min. 29
291 days
2 February 1994 LCM GKS Piast Gliwice SSA, Poland 20 0
8 Alioski, Ezdjan 31
281 days
12 February 1992 LM Al Ahli, Saudi Arabia 72 12
9 Miovski, Bojan, off 75th min. 24
141 days
24 June 1999 RF Aberdeen FC, Scotland 20 2
7 Elmas, Elif 24
57 days
24 September 1999 LF SSC Napoli, Italy 56 12
17th min. for arguing with the referee following Atanasov's foul on Saka
     
North Macedonia Substitutes
scoreline: North Macedonia 1 England 1
16 Kostadinov, Tihomir, on 75th min. (74:31) for Miovski 27
261 days
4 March 1996 RF GKS Piast Gliwice SSA, Poland 20 0
19 Ristovski, Milan, on 75th min. (74:48) for Miovski 25
226 days
8 April 1998 LM FC Spartak Trnava, Slovakia 22 4
3 Aškovski, Stefan, on 86th min. (85:46) for Dimoski 31
269 days
24 February 1992 RM unattached 28 0
17 Elezi, Agon, on 90+1st min. (90:01) for Atanasov 22
264 days
1 March 2001 CM NK Varaždin, Croatia 9 0
result: North Macedonia 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 2-Ahmed Iljazovski, 5-Arijan Ademi, 11-Darko Čurlinov, 13-Dimitar Mistrovski, 20-Erdon Daci, 22-Damjan Šiškovski, 23-Todor Todoroski.
 
3-5-2 Dimitrievski -
Manev, Serafimov, Musliu -
Dimoski (Aškovski), Bardhi, Atanasov (Elezi), Alimi (Ristovski), Alioski -
Miovski (Kostadinov), Elmas
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 153 days Appearances/Goals 35.8 4.1
 
England Team
 
Rank FIFA (26th October 2023) 4th
EFO ranking Group Two
ELO rating 5th
Colours The Nike 2022 home jersey - White crew-necked jerseys with dark to light blue fury gradient sleeves, fury/void cuffs, blue shorts, white socks with fury/void thin hoop. 
Captain Kyle Walker
126th captain
Manager Gareth Southgate, 53 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016. 
P 1 of one, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1.   P 91st of 91, W 57 - D 20 - L 14 - F 200 - A 62. 
  Harry Kane 57:21    
England Lineup
  six changes on the previous match league position (9th November)  
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 29
258 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC (PL 16th) 58 42ᵍᵃ
2nd goalkeeper to face nine penalty kicks final app 2017-23
2 Walker, Kyle A. 33
176 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 81 1
final app 2011-23
6 Maguire, J. Harry 30
260 days
5 March 1993 RCD Manchester United FC (PL 8th) 62 7
final app 2017-23
5 Guéhi, A.K. Marc-Israel 23
130 days
13 July 2000
in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
LCD Crystal Palace FC (PL 11th) 9 0
final app 2022-23
109 3 Lewis, Rico M. 18
364 days
21 November 2004 LB Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 1 0
1277 39th min. for clearing and catching Miovski in the face. VAR PENALTY the 53rd City player to represent England only app 2023
10 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J., off 84th min. 25
44 days
7 October 1998 RDM Liverpool FC (PL 3rd) 23 2
59th min. for arguing with the referee over the decision of a throw-in final app 2018-23
4 Rice, Declan 24
310 days
14 January 1999 LDM Arsenal FC (PL 4th) 48 3
final app 2019-23
7 Saka, Bukayo A.T., off 84th min. 22
76 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC (PL 4th) 32 11
final app 2020-23
8 Foden, Philip W. 23
176 days
28 May 2000 CAM Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 31 4
final app 2020-23
11 Grealish, Jack P., off 84th min. 28
71 days
10 September 1995 LAM Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 35 2
final app 2020-23
9 Watkins, Oliver G.A., off 58th min. 27
325 days
30 December 1995 CF Aston Villa FC (PL 5th) 9 3
final app 2021-23
England Substitutes
scoreline: North Macedonia 1 England 0
20 Kane, Harry E., on 58th min. (57:21) for Watkins 30
115 days
28 July 1993 CF FC Bayern München, Germany (BL 2nd) 89 77 62
12
final app 2017-23
scoreline: North Macedonia 1 England 1
15 Phillips, Kalvin M., on 84th min. (83:14) for Alexander-Arnold 27
353 days
2 December 1995 RDM Manchester City FC (PL TOP) 31 23 1
8
final app 2021-23
19 Palmer, Cole J., on 84th min. (83:26) for Grealish 21
198 days
6 May 2002 LF Chelsea FC (PL 10th) 2 0 0
2
final app 2023
18 Rashford, Marcus, on 84th min. (83:29) for Saka 26
20 days
31 October 1997 RF Manchester United FC (PL 8th) 59 26 17
33
final app 2016-23
result: North Macedonia 1 England 1
unused substitutes: 12-Fikayo Tomori, 13-Sam Johnstone, 14-Jordan Henderson, 16-Conor Gallagher, 17-Esri Konsa, 22-Aaron Ramsdale.
team notes: England's fortieth match in south-east Europe.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
Harry Kane becomes England's most competitive player... now a record 75 competitive matches, one more than Rooney.
Rico Lewis is the 67th teenager to play for England, and the twentieth youngest.
manager notes: Southgate is the third manager to have scored 200 England goals in his tenure, following Walter Winterbottom (383) and Alf Ramsey (224). Although Southgate (91) got to this milestone before Ramsey (99) did. And the original International Selection Committee scored 577 over 51 years.
captain notes: As well as becoming the 126th known captain of the England team, Kyle Walker, 63rd-post-war captain, he became one of 66 thirty-plus year olds to be a captain. In fact, he is now the twentieth oldest to wear the honour. The oldest BME.
penalty-kick notes: The 93rd penalty-kick awarded against England since the first in March 1892 is actually the thirtieth prevented (seventeenth saved) and the first since February 2013 by Joe Hart against Ronaldinho, at the National Stadium at Wembley (not Doha, as stated in the commentary).
It is the ninth penalty-kick faced by Jordan Pickford - only Peter Shilton has now faced more (15)
substitute notes: Marcus Rashford has now played 33 matches from the bench, now four behind Jermain Defoe.
BME notes: For the first time since September 2021, and for the twentieth match, England start the match with more BME players than none.
Starting with six remains a record for a competitive match, and has been done for a twelfth match.
goal records: Harry Kane, with nine goals, ends the calendar year as top goalscorer for a sixth time.
Not since WCF 2006 have England benefitted from an own goal in consecutive matches.
Manager Gareth Southgate was in the England squad the first time FYR Macedonia came to England in October 2002.
4-5-1 Pickford -
Walker, Maguire, Guéhi, Lewis -
Alexander-Arnold
(Phillips), Rice -
Saka (Rashford), Foden, Grealish (Palmer) -
Watkins
(Kane).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 67 days Appearances/Goals 33.5 3
    Match Report by Mike Payne

England made a brighter start to this last match of the group games, against North Macedonia, and in the third minute Oli Watkins just failed to bundle the ball across the goal-line after a fine pass into the box by Jack Grealish. Just after that, debutant Rico Lewis shot over after finding himself in a good position. And then England tried something so devoid in the Malta game, a long ball from the back over the top (hooray!), and Bukayo Saka so nearly worked his way into a scoring position before the ball was scrambled clear by the Macedonian defence.

England were well on top and on 14 minutes fine work down the left between the Manchester City trio, Phil Foden, Grealish and Lewis, set up Declan Rice for a shot, and just as against Malta he was unlucky with his effort, as it rebounded clear off the far post. A minute later Watkins had a free header but his effort lacked power and direction. That was a great chance wasted and the cutting edge was just not quite there in the England attack. Saka was being repeatedly fouled and Elif Elmas was booked by the referee for the latest foul on the Arsenal winger.

On 24 minutes England were lucky not to concede a penalty, when Harry Maguire dreadful pass across field went straight to a home player and as Elmas reached the penalty area, Maguire was so lucky after trying to retrieve the situation by bundling the striker off the ball. The referee, who I'm afraid made many wrong decisions in the match, saw nothing wrong and play continued, much to Maguire's relief one suspects. On the half-hour another excellent pass by Foden into the box should have been met by Watkins but the Villa striker was a yard short as the ball whizzed across goal.

Lewis, looking really impressive and exciting with his positive play, was certainly enjoying himself on this special occasion for him. However, in the 38th minute he was in a great defensive position to head clear from the Aberdeen striker Bojan Miovski, and the latter went down as though he had been shot! The ref Filip Glova from Slovakia, waved play on but suddenly the incident was being referred to the VAR people. Now if Maguire had been lucky earlier, then Lewis, sadly, was booked and a penalty was given on review as Lewis's hand had touched the face of Miovski. Filip flopped after making his dreadful decision and it was so unlucky on the youngster. The drama wasn't over though as Erik Bardhi stepped up to take the penalty. Jordan Pickford made a fine save from the spot-kick, diving to his left, but the ball rebounded to Bardhi who gratefully shot home.

My immediate thought was that maybe that goal might give England the kick up the backside that the team needed after these two latest Internationals.

To be fair to Lewis, who looks a fine prospect, it was he that fired in the next England shot after good work by Saka and Foden. The low shot was saved by Stole Dimitrievski, and just before the break Trent Alexander-Arnold fired in an even better effort that the keeper did well to touch over the bar. Mayhem followed the resultant corner as several England players appealed for handball but the ref wasn't interested and there was no sign of VAR this time.

England started the second-half on the front foot and fine work by Saka ended with a cross to the far post which was bundled in by Grealish. The England players celebrated but were then brought back down to earth as VAR cancelled the goal for an offside decision. Two minutes later Grealish was bundled over by three defenders in the box but this time, once again, VAR was noticeable by its absence. The home players were writing in agony after every challenge and the referee was buying it every time. This caused much frustration to the England players as a frustrating game was getting more and more frustrating every minute. It was now the time for cool heads. Alexander-Arnold was booked when the ref made a poor decision over a throw-in. The home side were even punching the air when they won a throw-in!

On 58 minutes England sent for the cavalry! Harry Kane was sent on for the ineffective Watkins, just as England took a corner. Foden's cross came in, Kane went for it, and the ball went in off the defender Jani Atanasov's shoulder. Did Kane get a touch, no, as it became clear later, but his presence certainly played a pivotal part in the equaliser.

The game became a little ragged over the next period of play, with Kyle Walker missing a through ball which caused England danger, and the ref continued his mistake-ridden game by giving a goal-kick to Macedonia when it was clearly a corner to England. Kane was pulled up for a foul when a defender again went down screaming blue murder, and at this stage, the 66th minute England's shape was worryingly all over the place. On 71 minutes Grealish and Lewis combined for A-A to have another shot blocked, whilst some of the falls by the Macedonia players would have made Jackie Pallo blush! (for those younger readers, Jackie Pallo was a wrestler). Saka was then brought down and Kane was booked! Confused? So was I.

With ten minutes left, and a bit of quality needed, Gareth Southgate sent on Marcus Rashford, Kalvin Phillips and Cole Palmer, and that was it really. In Rashford's case the Manchester United player needs to regain his appetite for football because at the moment he seems to be struggling and we need him at full power when the big games come along again. This match ended with England's unbeaten record in the group games intact, despite a scrappy and disjointed end to this campaign. The good news is we have qualified top of our group. Hopefully we can add a slightly more adventurous style to the games in the future and entertain the fans again.

Probably a good idea now if everyone has a break from International football until the next fixtures in March. Meanwhile I can relax seeing how my club side Preston North End progress, although relax is not usually a word I associate with supporting PNE.

  

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FFM
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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