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Ivanovski on song as FYROM edge Andorra

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.45CET
FYROM 1-0 Andorra
A second-half strike by Mirko Ivanovski ended a four-match losing sequence and earned John Toshack his first UEFA EURO 2012 victory as FYROM coach.
by Emil Gasevski
from National Arena Filip II Macedonian
Ivanovski on song as FYROM edge Andorra
John Toshack has overseen his first UEFA EURO 2012 win as FYROM coach ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FYROMAndorra

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts20
 
5
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
12
Fouls suffered11
 
13

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 23.45CET

Ivanovski on song as FYROM edge Andorra

FYROM 1-0 Andorra
A second-half strike by Mirko Ivanovski ended a four-match losing sequence and earned John Toshack his first UEFA EURO 2012 victory as FYROM coach.

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia ended a run of four successive UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying defeats with their first victory under the tenure of new coach John Toshack.

The former Wales and Real Madrid CF coach had overseen his side's 1-0 defeat by Russia on Friday, but it was a different story in Skopje as FYROM inflicted the same outcome on Andorra thanks to a second-half strike by Mirko Ivanovski.

Weakened by the suspensions of captain Goran Pandev, Nikolce Noveski and Muhamed Demiri, the hosts required the better part of an hour to find their breakthrough, but they could have made less heavy weather of their victory had Ivanovski managed to score in their very first attack. Instead, the striker could only fire straight at José Antonio Gómes from barely five metres out.

The visiting goalkeeper was in for a busy night and did as well to turn Goran Popov's 25-metre free-kick wide of the post on 24 minutes as he did to deny Ivanovski early in the second half. Gómes was powerless to stop Daniel Mojsov's header, set up by Agim Ibraimi's right-wing cross, but the defender missed his intended target.

The hosts' frustration was deepening and their predicament was almost compounded by a goal for Andorra, who, against the run of play, fashioned a chance for Oscar Sonejee. The visiting captain glanced Marc Vales's pinpoint cross a fraction wide, however. Perhaps chastened by that near miss, FYROM pounced just three minutes later, Ivanovski taking advantage of hesitation in the area to bury the chance that fell his way after Andorra failed to clear Aleksandar Trajkovski's corner.

The hosts spurned the chance to make the match safe on 67 minutes when Ivan Trickovski weaved his way down the left wing and shot just wide of the near post. There would be no second goal for FYROM, but the long-awaited win was reward enough. Toshack's side, who travel to Armenia on 7 October before taking on Slovakia four days later, remain fifth in Group B – ten points adrift of leaders Russia and a place above Andorra, who finish their campaign against the Republic of Ireland and Russia.

Last updated: 07/09/11 0.27CET

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Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

Andorra

Andorra

1
BogatinovMartin Bogatinov (GK)
1
GómesJosé Gómes (GK)
3
PopovGoran Popov
2
C. MartínezCristian Martínez
4
SikovVance Sikov
3
BernausMarc Bernaus
7
TričkovskiIvan Tričkovski
4
SonejeeOscar Sonejee (C)
Yellow Card45+2
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski (C)
5
Emili GarciaEmili García
Yellow Card66
13
GeorgievskiDaniel Georgievski
8
M. VieiraMarcio Vieira
Substitution83
15
MojsovDaniel Mojsov
9
SilvaFernando Silva
Substitution74
16
MuaremMuarem Muarem
Yellow Card17
Substitution77
11
MorenoSergio Moreno
17
HasaniFeran Hasani
Substitution68
17
ValesMarc Vales
Yellow Card89
19
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Substitution46
18
AyalaJosep Ayala
22
IvanovskiMirko Ivanovski
Yellow Card24
Goal59
23
RubioJordi Rubio
Yellow Card17
Substitution26

Substitutes

12
PacovskiTome Pacovski (GK)
13
PeriánezIvan Periánez (GK)
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
10
Juli SánchezJuli Sánchez
6
PetrovRobert Petrov
12
MartínezAlexandre Martínez
Substitution26
Yellow Card45+2
9
FazliSamir Fazli
Substitution68
14
Marc GarcíaMarc García
Substitution83
11
TrajkovskiAleksandar Trajkovski
Substitution46
15
SalvatJoaquim Salvat
14
LazarevskiVlade Lazarevski
16
GómezSebastiàn Gómez
Substitution74
18
HuseiniMuhamed Huseini
Substitution77
Yellow Card90+1
19
LorenzoIvan Lorenzo

Coach

John Toshack (WAL) Koldo Álvarez (AND)

Referee

Mark Whitby (WAL)

Assistant referees

Philip Thomas (WAL), John Swindley (WAL)

Fourth official

Huw Jones (WAL)

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