Austria v North Macedonia, 13 June 2021

Score3-1 to Austria
RefereeAndreas Ekberg
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Group C
VenueArena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance9,082
Kick-off: 7.00pm local Attendance limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Assistant referees: Mehmet Culum (SWE) and Stefan Hallberg (SWE) Fourth official: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER) This was match no. 6 of the pan-Europe Euro 2020 tournament. Austria and North Macedonia were paired in the same qualifying group for Euro 2020 (Group G). Austria won both games by an aggregate score of 6-2.

3  Austria

Manager: Franco Foda

1  North Macedonia

Manager: Igor Angelovski

Goals:

Stefan Lainer 18 G
Michael Gregoritsch 78 G
Marko Arnautović 90 G

Goals:

Goran Pandev 28 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Dan Bachmann
Defender Stefan Lainer
Defender Andreas Ulmer
Defender/Midfielder David Alaba (captain)
Midfielder Konrad Laimer
Midfielder/Forward Sasa Kalajdzic
Midfielder/Forward Xaver Schlager
Forward Marcel Sabitzer

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski
Defender Visar Musliu
Defender Stefan Ristovski
Defender/Midfielder Arijan Ademi
Defender/Midfielder Ezgjan Alioski
Defender/Midfielder Darko Velkovski
Midfielder Enis Bardhi
Midfielder Boban Nikolov
Midfielder/Forward Eljif Elmas
Midfielder/Forward Goran Pandev (captain)

Substitutions:

Philipp Lienhart for Aleksandar Dragović 46
Michael Gregoritsch for Christoph Baumgartner 58
Marko Arnautović for Sasa Kalajdzic 59
Julian Baumgartlinger for Konrad Laimer 90
Stefan Ilsanker for Xaver Schlager 90

Substitutions:

Tihomir Kostadinov for Aleksandr Trajkovski 64
Egzon Bejtulai for Boban Nikolov 64
Ivan Tričkovski for Enis Bardhi 82
Milan Ristovski for Visar Musliu 86

Cards:

Stefan Lainer 85 Y

Cards:

Aleksandr Trajkovski 42 Y
Ezgjan Alioski 52 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Pavao Pervan
Goalkeeper Alexander Schlager
Defender Philipp Lienhart
Defender/Midfielder Stefan Ilsanker
Midfielder Florian Grillitsch
Midfielder Louis Schaub
Midfielder Alessandro Schöpf
Midfielder/Forward Michael Gregoritsch
Midfielder/Forward Valentino Lazaro

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Risto Jankov
Goalkeeper Damjan Siskovski
Defender Egzon Bejtulai
Defender Kire Ristevski
Midfielder Daniel Avramovski
Midfielder Tihomir Kostadinov
Midfielder Stefan Spirovski
Midfielder/Forward Darko Churlinov
Forward Ferhan Hasani
Forward Milan Ristovski
Forward Krste Velkoski

Comments:

This was Austria's first-ever win at a UEFA European Championship finals (played seven, lost four). This was their first win at major tournament since a 2-1 victory against USA in Florence in the FIFA World Cup finals group stage on 19 June 1990. This was the first time they had scored three or more goals in a major tournament since the 3-2 win against West Germany at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. Four of the five goals that Austria had now scored at UEFA European Championship finals had been scored by substitutes; also Ivica Vastic against Poland in 2008 and Alessandro Schöpf against Iceland in 2016.

Comments:

This was North Macedonia's first-ever game at a major tournament. Currently 62 in the FIFA World Ranking, North Macedonia were the lowest ranked team at Euro 2020. Aged 37 years and 321 days, North Macedonia's most capped player and record goalscorer Goran Pandev became the second-oldest player to score at the UEFA European Championship finals after Austria’s Ivica Vastic v Poland in Vienna in 2008 (38 years and 257 days).