Foda makes his first two changes: Gregoritsch replaces Baumgartner and Arnautovic takes Kladjzic’s place. The intention of the Austrian coach is clear, we have to go for the victory.
The Macedonian goalkeeper receives long treatment in his repair area after an authoritarian exit. Meanwhile, things are moving on the bench of Austria;
The two teams had already faced each other in the qualifiers in 2019, with two Austrian wins at the key: 4-1 then 2-1.
The Leeds defender receives a warning for a slip tackle, foot forward, on Schlager. Several Austrians came to surround him after this spectacular foul. And in terms of slow motion, Alioski is doing well …
The Austrian goalkeeper came very close to the correctional line on his line, having been slow to clear a back pass. For his third selection, Bachmann is not entirely reassuring …
Bari’s free kick spread panic in Austria for a few seconds. But the defense quickly manages to ward off the danger.
The Austrian central defender, affected in the first period, gives way to Lienhart when play resumes.
The Red Lions, who evolve in white tonight, kick off this second period! Everything has to be done!
The other headliner of this selection from North Macedonia, Eljif Elmas, was much less successful than Goran Pandev in this early period. The Neapolitan community will have 45 minutes to find its feet.
1-1 between Austria and North Macedonia at halftime! Dominated by “Das Team”, this first period offers a parity score following Pandev’s opportunistic goal in response to Lainer’s superb gesture.
The Macedonian central defender cuts the ball in front of his goalkeeper on a very threatening cross. The Austrian corner gives nothing.
First card of the match for the Macedonian striker, guilty of a nasty nudge in his duel with Dragovic.
Although blocked by Velkovski who had his eyes riveted on the ball, the Austrian collapsed in the middle of the surface and held his face. The Sudanese referee does not flinch.
North Macedonia scored on only their second shot of the game, the first on target. Opposite, Austria has already tried 5 times, for 4 attempts on target.
Foda’s men do not seem marked by this equalizer and are trying to take the lead. The first corner of the match, hit by Alaba, is blocked by Dimitrievski.
At 37 years and 321 days old, he became the second oldest scorer in the Euro after Austria’s Ivica Vastic (38 years and 257 days) in 2008.
The 37-year-old Macedonian striker is playing his first and last major tournament with his selection. He is famous for winning the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010 and still continues to shine in Serie A, with Genoa.
Incredible misunderstanding in Austria’s surface! Bachmann hits Trajkoski, the veteran recovers the ball and throws it into the goal with plenty of opportunism!
In the rain in Bucharest, North Macedonia clearly slackened. The interesting right-sided free kick, kicked by Alioski, quickly came out of the Austrian area.
Austria very close to 2-0 with this attempt by Kalajdzic in the box pushed by the Macedonian goalkeeper! Austria is beautiful and well started in this Euro!
In the wake of this goal, Stefan Lainer went to wave a t-shirt of encouragement to Christian Eriksen, victim of a cardiac arrest this Saturday with Denmark: “Eriksen, stay strong”.
The Austrian defender came to the far post to adjust a magnificent volley in extension, flat foot, to the reception of a Sabitzer cake!
After a foul by Sabitzer, Ristovski came to signal his dissatisfaction with the Austrian attacking midfielder. The referee calms the ardor and plays the free kick.
Austria have their foot on the ball since the start of the match (62% possession), but still fail to create an opportunity. Kalajdzic’s long shot is blocked by the opposing defense.
While North Macedonia is discovering the competition, Austria will try to achieve its first success there, on the occasion of its third participation in the Euro.
Announced as the favorites of this meeting, Austria is struggling to come close to Jankov’s goal in the start of the match. Still no big opportunity to report since kick-off.
62nd nation in the FIFA rankings, North Macedonia acts as a small thumb in this competition. But she achieved a resounding feat by qualifying for this Euro and then beating Germany in March.
First interesting offensive movement for the Red Lions, initiated by Pandev in the central circle. But the center of Alioski is pushed back by the Austrian defense.
Franco Foda’s first surprise, since David Alaba finally seems to be aligned as a central defender rather than as a winger. Austria therefore started with a 3-man defense.
In the aftermath of torential rains, calm returned to the sky over Bucharest. 19 ° C at kick-off and almost no wind in front of around 15,000 supporters, everything is combined to witness great football.
The Austrians engage, start of meeting between Austria and North Macedonia! Good match to all of you!
For the first time in great competition, the Macedonian hymn sounds! After that of Austria, the two teams win their camp and will wait before kick-off.
The 22 actors will soon enter the lawn. Imminent start of the match between Austria and North Macedonia!
A banner for Christian Eriksen is present in the Bucharest stadium, the day after his terrible discomfort during Denmark-Finland (0-1).
During the qualifying phase, North Macedonia averaged just 1.25 goals per game, or 15 in 12 games. A low total that only Wales have not exceeded (also 1.25 goals).
Due to very heavy rains which fell on the Romanian captain this Saturday, Austria’s scheduled training at the Arena has been canceled. That of North Macedonia must have taken place in the evening, later than initially scheduled.
In two participations and six games played at the Euro, Austria has never won, whether in 2008 at home or in 2016 in France. The record is 2 draws and 4 losses, with only two goals scored. No nation has played so much in the Euro without managing to win.
The supporters of North Macedonia traveled to Romania for this great first, in an already colorful National Arena in Bucharest. Kick off in 30 minutes!
Igor Angelovski is no different from his traditional 3-5-2 for this historic first for North Macedonia, with his two headliners.
The neo-defender of Real Madrid is obviously the holder and captain for the first game of his nation.
Welcome to RMC Sport to follow live the meeting of the first round of the Euro between Austria and North Macedonia, which on this occasion discovers a great international competition. Kick-off will be at 6 p.m. from the National Arena in Bucharest.