North Macedonia will play Austria in Group C of the UEFA Euro 2020 in Bucharest on Sunday 13 June, starting at 6pm CET.
Macedonia will become the 35th separate country to compete in the UEFA European Championship finals (a day after Finland ranked 34th). The newcomer will meet the team whose previous European Championships 2008 and 2016 ended without a win. Austria beat North Macedonia twice in qualifying, thus guaranteeing its automatic entry to the finals. Hard-won play-off success for North Macedonia and Surprise victory in the World Cup qualifiers in March in Germany It means, however, that Austria will not take Goran Pandev and Co. lightly.
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Austria: Bachmann; Lehner, Dragovic; Hinterger, Ulmer; Laimer, X. Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Alaba; Arnautovic
North Macedonia: Dmitrievsky. Ristovsky, Musliu, Velikovsky, Alyosky; Adeyemi, Nikolov, Bardi; Elmas, Pandev, Trajkovsky
Jordan Maciel, Austria correspondentSunday’s opener will set the tone for Austria’s third EURO adventure Will the team fail to fulfill all dreams again, burdened with high expectations and past failures, or can this talented team develop its potential and build much-needed momentum with an opening win? Well organized defensively, but with a little risk of scoring, I can imagine Fouda’s team managing to beat the brave newcomers 1-0.
Igor Banevsky, Nordmazedonian reporter: Austria beat North Macedonia twice in Euro 2020 qualifiers, but a lot has happened in the two years since. The team showed its progress with its away win over Germany in March and unbeaten in four games: three wins, two draws and just two goals against them. They are a serious team with a knockout stage in their sights.
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Franco Fouda, Austria: “Macedonia have a team that plays very well. They have good individual players and a very cohesive team. We all knew it was difficult to beat this team because they are very compact in their 5-3-2 formation. Now it’s the European Championship and we have to do our best. We have to do our best, but we know how our opponents play. We have solutions and we just have to apply them on the pitch.”
Igor Angelovsky, North Macedonia: “We know the Austrian national team well. More than 90 percent of the players play in the Bundesliga, where there are really exceptional footballers. I am the coach of the Macedonian national team, and my job is to prepare the team so we have no problem to be underestimated and to be seen on We are underdogs, but we will play our games as high as possible and that is the only thing we are focusing on at the moment.”
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