3 - 1
FT

Stefan Lainer 18' -
Scored: 18'


Michael Gregoritsch 77' -
Scored: 77'


Marko Arnautovic 89' -
Scored: 89'


Scored: 28'
- Goran Pandev 28'


Euro 2020 Report: Austria 3 - 1 North Macedonia

Mon, Jun 14 2021

Sebastian Ulmer of Austria in action at Windsor Park during a UEFA Nations League clash with Northern Ireland on November 18th, 2018. Credit:

Two goals in the closing period helped Austria to their first-ever European Championships victory in their opening Group C encounter with North Macedonia.

Late goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic sealed the three points for the Austrians after Stefan Lainer had given them the lead midway through the first half.

The tournament debutants equalised before the break through Goran Pandev but were unable to hold out as the more experienced Austrians came good at the end.   

North Macedonia gave a starting position to the veteran Pandev, who began his international career 20 years ago.

Aleksander Trajkovski was selected to provide support, while Ezgjan Alioski was rewarded for a strong season with a place in the defence.

For Austria, Sasa Kalajdzic was given the nod to start up front with Marko Arnautovich deemed not fit enough. David Alaba began on the left.

North Macedonia were the ones to start the brighter. Alioski saw a miscued a pass destined for Pandev. He then created space for himself with a one-two before it was cleared.

Austria didn’t create a lot other than a long-distance shot from Kalajdzic, but their first meaningful attack resulted in the opening goal.

Marcel Sabitzer lofted the ball into the area as Lainer drifted past the defence. He was able demonstrate athletic ability to hook it past Stole Dimitrievski from a tight angle.

Sabitzer almost helped create another straight away, but Kalajdiz shot directly at North Macedonia keeper Stole Dimitrievski.

If North Macedonia were guilty of switching off, the equaliser was even worse. Alioski played the ball into the area which hit two Austrian defenders.

Alaba attempted to hold off one of the forwards to shield the ball to Daniel Bachmann. The keeper spilt the ball which allowed Pandev tap home into an empty net.

Macedonia’s confidence was up and started to press their more illustrious opponents. Stefan Ristovski tried his luck from distance that ended over the bar.

Trajkovski was lucky to just escape with a yellow card as he was judged to have caught Aleksander Dragovic with a stray elbow.

Austria started the second half in determined fashion. Dimitrievski was forced to punch a sliced clearance before it caused more problems. The keeper got a knock for his troubles.

The game was tightly poised and Bachmann redeemed himself to save from Boban Nikolov who had got behind the Austrian defence.

Dimitrievski saved his side at the other end when substitutes Marko Arnautovich and Michael Gregoritsch combined for an opportunity.

The former floated in a ball for the latter to glance a header goalwards. The North Macedonian keeper proved his worth with a good save.

Austria ramped up the pressure as the North Macedonians began to sit deeper. Sabitzer saw a header over from a corner and Arnautovich set up Schlager who shot wide.   

Just when North Macedonia thought they had survived the storm, Austria went ahead. Alaba came forward to join the attack and provide a moment of true quality.

His wonderful low cross was met by Gregoritsch, who tapped home despite the efforts of Dimitrievski.

North Macedonia had a late chance through Milan Ristovski, but Austria sealed the win as Arnautovich played a one-two before running through, rounding the keeper and slotting home.

Celebrations then for the Austrians. They next play Netherlands in Amsterdam next Thursday. North Macedonia play Ukraine again in Bucharest on the same evening.

Austria: Daniel Bachmann; Stefan Lainer, Martin Hinteregger, Aleksandar Dragovic (Philipp Lienhart 46), Andreas Ulmer; Xaver Schlager (Stefan Ilsanker 90), Konrad Laimer (Julian Baumgartlinger 90), Christoph Baumgartner (Marko Arnautovic 59), David Alaba (c); Marcel Sabitzer, Sasa Kalajdzic (Michael Gregoritsch 59).

Subs not used: Christopher Trimmel, Alessandro Schopf, Alexander Schlager, Louis Schaub, Pavao Pervan, Valentino Lazaro, Florian Grillitsch.

Booked: Stefan Lainer (85)

North Macedonia: Stole Dimitrievski; Ezgjan Alioski, Visar Musliu (Tihomir Kostadinov 63) (Milan Ristovski 87), Boban Nikolov, Stefan Ristovski, Darko Velkovski; Eljif Elmas, Enis Bardi (Ivan Trickovski 82), Arijan Ademi; Goran Pandev (c), Aleksandar Trajkovski (Egzon Bejtullai 63).

Subs not used: Risto Jankov , Feran Hasani, Darko Curlinov , Daniel Avramovski, Kire Ristevski, Damjan Siskovski, Stefan Spirovski, Krste Velkoski.

Booked: Aleksandar Trajkovski (43) Ezgjan Alioski (53).

Referee: Andreas Ekberg

Attendance: 9,082 (official).

Extratime.com Player of the Match: David Alaba (Austria).


Austria
WJune 13, 2021
Austria 3 - 1 N Mace
LJune 17, 2021
N'lands 2 - 0 Austria
WJune 21, 2021
Ukraine 0 - 1 Austria
LJune 26, 2021
Italy 2 - 1 Austria
LSept. 4, 2021
Israel 5 - 2 Austria
Daniel Bachmann 13
Goalkeeper
Stefan Lainer 21
Scored: 18'
Booked: 85'
Defender
Martin Hinteregger 4
Defender
Aleksandar Dragovic 3
46'
46Subbed Off: Philipp Lienhart 46'
Defender
Andreas Ulmer 2
Defender
Xaver Schlager 23
90'
90Subbed Off: Stefan Ilsanker 90'
Midfielder
Konrad Laimer 24
90'
90Subbed Off: Julian Baumgartlinger 90'
Midfielder
Christoph Baumgartner 19
59'
59Subbed Off: Marko Arnautovic 59'
Midfielder
© David Alaba 8
Midfielder
Marcel Sabitzer 9
Forward
Sasa Kalajdzic 25
59'
59Subbed Off: Michael Gregoritsch 59'
Forward

Substitutes
Christopher Trimmel 16
Defender
Alessandro Schopf 18
Midfield
Alexander Schlager 1
Goalkeeper
Louis Schaub 17
Midfield
Pavao Pervan 12
Goalkeeper
Philipp Lienhart 15
46'
46Subbed On: Aleksandar Dragovic 46'
Defender
Valentino Lazaro 22
Midfield
Stefan Ilsanker 6
90'
90Subbed On: Xaver Schlager 90'
Midfield
Florian Grillitsch 10
Midfield
Michael Gregoritsch 11
59'
59Subbed On: Sasa Kalajdzic 59'
Scored: 77'
Forward
Julian Baumgartlinger 14
90'
90Subbed On: Konrad Laimer 90'
Midfield
Marko Arnautovic 7
59'
59Subbed On: Christoph Baumgartner 59'
Scored: 89'
Forward
N Mace
WNov. 15, 2020
N Mace 2 - 1 Estonia
LNov. 18, 2020
Armenia 1 - 0 N Mace
LJune 13, 2021
Austria 3 - 1 N Mace
LJune 17, 2021
Ukraine 2 - 1 N Mace
LJune 21, 2021
N Mace 0 - 3 N'lands
1 Stole Dimitrievski
Goalkeeper
8 Ezgjan Alioski
Defender
Booked: 53'
6 Visar Musliu
Defender 87'
87Subbed Off: Milan Ristovski 87'
16 Boban Nikolov
Defender 63'
63Subbed Off: Tihomir Kostadinov 63'
13 Stefan Ristovski
Defender
14 Darko Velkovski
Defender
21 Eljif Elmas
Midfielder
17 Enis Bardi
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: Ivan Trickovski 82'
5 Arijan Ademi
Midfielder
10 Goran Pandev ©
Forward
Scored: 28'
9 Aleksandar Trajkovski
Forward
Booked: 43'
63'
63Subbed Off: Egzon Bejtullai 63'

Substitutes
15 Tihomir Kostadinov
Midfield 63'
63Subbed On: Boban Nikolov 63'
12 Risto Jankov
Goalkeeper
11 Feran Hasani
Forward
25 Darko Curlinov
Midfield
2 Egzon Bejtullai
Defender 63'
63Subbed On: Aleksandar Trajkovski 63'
24 Daniel Avramovski
Midfield
4 Kire Ristevski
Defender
26 Milan Ristovski
Forward 87'
87Subbed On: Visar Musliu 87'
22 Damjan Siskovski
Goalkeeper
20 Stefan Spirovski
Midfield
7 Ivan Trickovski
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Enis Bardi 82'
19 Krste Velkoski
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: Euro 2020 Group C

Date: 5 p.m. June 13, 2021

Venue: Arena Nationala, Bucharest

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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