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Austria - North Macedonia
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Full-time: Austria finally win in the European Championships. It looks a comfortable victory but they really had to work hard to fight off the challenge of an inspired North Macedonia side.
Lainer has the chance for his brace but Dimitrievski is off his line quickly to take the ball from his feet.
Four minutes will be added on at the end of this entertaining contest.
- GoalMarko ArnautovicAustria
GOAL! Austria 3-1 North Macedonia (Marko Arnautovic): That will settle it! Arnautovic takes this goal really well, playing a nice give-and-go with a team mate before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting it into an empty net.
- OffVisar MusliuNorth Macedonia
- OnMilan RistovskiNorth Macedonia
North Macedonia sub: A final roll of the dice as Musliu makes way for Milan Ristovski, the brother of Stefan Ristovski, who is playing in defence.
- Yellow cardStefan LainerAustria
Yellow card! Lainer crashes into Ademi and goes into the book for a cynical foul.
- OffEnis BardhiNorth Macedonia
- OnIvan TrickovskiNorth Macedonia
North Macedonia sub: Trichkovski comes on for Bardhi as they go ultra-attacking in search of a second equaliser.
The relief is palpable for Austria. A draw would have been a desperately disappointing result for Franco Foda's side but now they have their noses back in front with just 10 minutes remaining.
- GoalMichael GregoritschAustria
GOAL! Austria 2-1 North Macedonia (Michael Gregoritsch): Gregoritsch scores to break Austria hearts! It's a wicked delivery from Alaba, now playing on the left, Gregoritsch makes a run across the goalkeeper and sidefoots it home. Austria are now on course for their first-ever win at a European Championship.
Block! Ristovski heads clear Lainer's cross and here come North Macedonia on the counter-attack... Alioski delivers a low cross but Hinteregger makes an important block to deny Elmas.
North Macedonia aren't just happy to play for a draw - they want a winner. Bejtulai races down the right and his cross falls into the path of Alioski, whose effort is blocked.
Alaba is in the right place at the right time to take the ball from Elmas, who had been played through by Alioski's fine pass.
One or two signs that North Macedonia are growing tired now as they give up possession cheaply. Austria can't take advantage as Schlager scuffs his effort wide of goal from 25 yards.
Fine save! Dimitrievski is at full stretch to keep Gregoritsch's header out! It was a fine attacking move from Austria involving Arnautovic, but the scores remain level at 1-1.
- OffBoban NikolovNorth Macedonia
- OnEgzon BejtulaiNorth Macedonia
Double sub: That will be Nikolov's last contribution as he is replaced by Egzon Bejtulai while Tihomir Kostadinov comes on for Trajkovski.
Good save! Much better goalkeeping from Bachmann to deny North Macedonia the lead! He's off his line quickly to make the block from Nikolov's goalbound shot.
Austria are having plenty of the ball again but they're really struggling to break down this resolute North Macedonia defence. Can former West Ham striker Arnautovic make the difference?
- OffChristoph BaumgartnerAustria
- OnMichael GregoritschAustria
Double subs: Kalajdzic makes way for Arnautovic while Baumgartner is replaced by Michael Gregoritsch.
Marko Arnautovic is preparing to come on for Austria.
Austria are probing and have North Macedonia penned back in their own half at the moment. Kalajdzic nods down a header but the loose ball falls to a defender rather than one of his team mates. Moments later, goalkeeper Dimitrievski plucks Hinteregger's cross out of the air to take the pressure from his team mates - but he has hurt himself in the process and requires medical treatment.
- Yellow cardEzgjan AlioskiNorth Macedonia
Yellow card! Alioski is booked for a clumsy foul on Schlager. The referee then has to step in to calm the situation down as players from both sides exchange pleasantries.
Lienhart does well to cleanly take the ball from Elmas inside the box before winning a free-kick from Pandev, who was quickly on his case. North Macedonia's high-press has been effective this evening and it's proving to be a headache for Austria's defence.
It's a like-for-like switch for Austria and they will remain in a 5-3-2 formation.
- 2nd Half
Kick-off! North Macedonia get things moving in the second-half. There was one change at the break, with Austria replacing Dragovic with Philipp Lienhart.
Have a look at North Macedonia's equaliser...
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Goran Pandev's 28th-minute goal cancels out Stefan Lainer's opener just 10 minutes earlier, as the teams go in level at 1-1.
Two minutes will be added on at the end of the first half.
Velkoski is alert to hook Lainer's stupendous cross behind for a corner. The interception had to be made as Kalajdzic was ready to pounce.
- Yellow cardAleksandar TrajkovskiNorth Macedonia
Yellow card! Trajkovski goes into the book after catching Dragovic with an elbow. It was a careless challenge and it has left the Austria defender hurt. Thankfully he'll be OK.
Half-hearted appeals for an Austrian penalty are turned away by the referee after Baumgartner goes down inside the box having been blocked off by Velkoski.
Lainer drives down the left flank and floats a cross into the middle, searching for Kalajdzic. It's just beyond his team mate though and North Macedonia clear.
Nikolov lets fly from all of 30 yards but sends the ball harmlessly high into the stands. North Macedonia have had just one shot on target but they made it count.
Austria win a corner as Ristovski takes no risks by putting the ball behind. Alaba's inswinger is punched clear by Dimitrievski before the referee stops play for a clash of heads.
Here's a look at Lainer's opener...
No matter what happens in the tournament, no one can take that moment from Pandev and North Macedonia. And on the balance of play, they deserve to be level.
- GoalGoran PandevNorth Macedonia
GOAL! Austria 1-1 North Macedonia (Goran Pandev): It had to be him didn't it?! It's a magic moment for North Macedonia as the 37-year-old Pandev scores his country's first ever goal at a major tournament and level the scores. However, it comes from a comedy of errors in the Austria defence as Hinteregger's clearances hits Sabitzer, Bachmann races off his line but somehow lets the ball out of his grasp and it's a simple finish for Pandev, who scores his 38th goal for North Macedonia.
Lainer concedes a free-kick by fouling Pandev. Alioski whips it into a dangerous area but the offside flag is raised as Austria scramble it clear.
A chance goes begging! North Macedonia clearly haven't learnt from conceding as Sabitzer is again afforded too much space to deliver a cross, Kalajdzic is left totally unmarked but he can only shoot straight at Dimitrievski.
A classy striker's finish from Lainer gives Austria the lead. They had started the match slowly and were clearly nervous, but the opener will relieve tension. It's only the second goal from open play they have scored at the Euros.
- GoalStefan LainerAustria
GOAL! Austria 1-0 North Macedonia (Stefan Lainer): Austria take the lead! It's a lovely finish from Lainer, he gets free at the far post to meet Sabitzer's deep cross, keeping himself onside, and volleys it home from the angle. Great goal.
A loose ball in midfield sees North Macedonia give up possession. Kalajdzic hasn't many team mates in support and therefore shooting is the best option even if it is a long way out. He sends it straight at a defender.
Pandev is on the deck but the referee says no foul and Austria play on. The Austrians have had plenty of the ball but there's no obvious sign that they can break down this stubborn North Macedonia defence.
Elmas is North Macedonia's star player and he tries to release Pandev with a clever through ball but he can't quite get it under his control.
Angelovski will be delighted with how his North Macedonia side have started, they are winning many of the duels so far and are enjoying a spell of possession right now.
North Macedonia break quickly and for a second it looks like they had opened up a 3-vs-2 attacking situation as Pandev switches it to Alioski on the left flank. Austria get players back quickly, however, and sweep up the low cross from the Leeds United defender.
Alaba tries to pick out right wingback Lainer with a long diagonal pass but it lacks accuracy and North Macedonia have a goal-kick.
Austria are playing in their dark away kit, North Macedonia in white. There are around 5,000 fans here from North Macedonia and it almost feels like a home game for them as they boo every Austria touch.
- 1st Half
Kick-off! David Alaba appears to be playing at the heart of Austria's defence and not on the left wing as first thought. Anyway, Austria get us underway here in Bucharest.
Austria sing their national anthem with pride, too, and now it's almost time for kick-off.
A truly special occasion for the North Macedonia players as they make their way out onto the pitch. They're the lowest ranked side to have ever qualified for the tournament. And they're belting out their national anthem!
There are now just 10 minutes until kick-off here at Arena Nationala. Austria are favourites to win but North Macedonia's shock triumph in Germany during qualifying proved they are more than capable of an upset. It should be an entertaining game.
Pandev is making his 117th international appearance for North Macedonia today. The Genoa forward won the Champions League with Jose Mourinho's Inter back in 2010 and fired the winning goal to send his country to the Euros. He has hinted of retiring after the competition, so can he leave his mark?
Did you know? Franco Foda is statistically the most successful coach in Austria's history, having collected an average 2.03 points per game in his 33 competitive matches in charge.
Austria have never managed to progress from the group in the European Championships before. In fact, they have never won a game in the tournament. But with the likes of David Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer in their ranks, they must fancy themselves of getting to the last-16 at least this time.
Igor Angelovski, North Macedonia coach: "I think that many things have changed since those two [qualifying] matches, because they were played two years ago, if I am right, and during those two years our national team has grown from one match to the next and played better football, the players have made progress in each match, and this is completely different from the qualifiers."
Franco Foda, Austria coach: "We know about their strengths. They are good in transitions, on the break. We need to be careful in our build-up, we can’t give the ball up easily. We know we will have more possession and probably spend more time in their half, so we will need to move the ball quickly and stay alert defensively to avoid counters."
These sides are well known to each other having played twice in qualifying. Austria won both games to claim automatic entry to the finals, but North Macedonia went on to triumph in the playoffs to qualify for their first ever major tournament, beating Georgia.
Ezgjan Alioski starts at left wingback in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with 38-year-old Goran Pandev partnering Aleksandar Trajkovski - who has four goals in his last five games for his country - in attack.
Sasa Kalajdzic is given the nod to lead Austria's attack, with Marko Arnautovic named amongst the substitutes. David Alaba captains the side and plays on the left wing. Julian Baumgartlinger has passed a fitness test and starts in defence.
TEAM NEWS - Austria XI: Bachmann, Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Ulmer, Baumgartner, Laimer, Schlager, Alaba, Sabitzer, Kalajdzic /// North Macedonia XI: Dimitrievski, Alioski, Musliu, Velkovski, Ristovski, Nikolov, Elmas, Ademi, Bardi, Trajkovski, Pandev.
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