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Famous draw for Macedonians

Published: Thursday 17 October 2002, 0.40CET
England 2-2 F.Y.R. Macedonia A terrific performance earns F.Y.R. Macedonia an unexpected point.

Match statistics

EnglandFYROM

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 17 October 2002, 0.40CET

Famous draw for Macedonians

England 2-2 F.Y.R. Macedonia A terrific performance earns F.Y.R. Macedonia an unexpected point.

F.Y.R. Macedonia put in a heroic performance to earn a 2-2 draw away against England at St Mary's stadium after twice taking the lead in a EURO 2004™ Group 7 qualifier.

Famous night
On a famous night for Macedonian football, Nikola Ilievski's side rode their luck, defended in depth and took advantage of two disastrous errors in the England defence to silence the crowd in Southampton.

Sucker punch
With the home side stamping their authority on the game from the kick-off, the visitors hit England with a sucker punch after just eleven minutes. The excellent Artim Sakiri took a corner on the right and stunned England goalkeeper David Seaman with a cross which flew over his head and straight inside his far post without receiving a touch on the way.

Beckham goal
It was something of a freak goal, and England seemed to take it in their stride as they equalised just three minutes later. Paul Scholes played his Manchester United FC team-mate David Beckham in down the right and the England captain beat Petar Milosevski with a superb angled chip from the edge of the penalty area.

Trajanovic strike
The home side found themselves a goal behind again on 25 minutes. Arsenal FC defender Sol Campbell made a weak clearance from a Sakiri shot, allowing the ball to fall for Vanco Trajanov who beat Seaman with an excellent drive from 20 metres.

Near miss
England were stung into action again, and should have equalised after 31 minutes when Beckham's cross from the by-line for Owen was acrobatically punched clear by Milosevski. The ball fell for Scholes inside the penalty area, but under pressure from a defender he drove the ball over.

Gerrard volley
Five minutes later, parity was restored as the tireless Beckham forced Robert Popov to make a headed clearance which Steven Gerrard gathered on his chest before volleying an unstoppable shot into Milosevski's net from 20 metres.

Immense pressure
England still had every reason to believe that their chances would tell in the second period. How wrong they were. As the match progressed, Macedonia weathered immense pressure and watched as England wasted a number of fine chances.

Improbable save
Milosevski made an improbable save a minute from time as substitute Darius Vassell played a ball in from the right for Alan Smith, diving to smother the Leeds United AFC striker's effort from close range. When Smith was then dismissed in added time for a second bookable offence, it was already clear that the heroes of the night would be Macedonian.

Last updated: 30/03/04 12.42CET

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Lineups

England

England

FYROM

FYROM

1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
1
MilosevskiPetar Milosevski (GK)
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
2
R. PopovRobert Popov
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
3
PetrovRobert Petrov
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Goal35
Substitution55
4
SedloskiGoce Sedloski (C)
5
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
5
VasoskiAleksandar Vasoski
Yellow Card45+1
6
CampbellSol Campbell
6
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham (C)
Goal13
Yellow Card40
7
TrajanovVanco Trajanov
Goal24
Substitution90+3
8
ScholesPaul Scholes
8
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
9
SmithAlan Smith
Red Card90+3
9
ToleskiGoce Toleski
Substitution62
10
OwenMichael Owen
10
SakiriArtim Sakiri
Goal10
11
BridgeWayne Bridge
Substitution58
11
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski

Substitutes

13
JamesDavid James (GK)
12
NikoloskiJane Nikoloski (GK)
16
ButtNicky Butt
Substitution55
15
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution62
18
VassellDarius Vassell
Substitution58
16
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
Substitution90+3
12
MillsDanny Mills
13
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
14
SouthgateGareth Southgate
14
VajsMiroslav Vajs
15
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
17
IgnatovStojan Ignatov
17
LampardFrank Lampard
18
NačevskiDragan Načevski

Coach

Sven-Göran Eriksson (SWE) Nikola Ilievski (MKD)

Referee

Arturo Dauden Ibañez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Clemente Ayete Plou (ESP), Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Victor José Esquinas Torres (ESP)

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