Aliaksandr Khatskevich, Belarus coach:
I'm satisfied with the victory. At the start of the match we were unsure in our play, I think our players had the jitters. But a couple of good passes later, we were the better team so even though Macedonia's keeper made a number of excellent saves, preventing goals, at the end we were able to secure the victory.
I'm satisfied with the way we played this match. As you know, I have already said that we are coming here for the victory. Even though the pitch in Belarus is much better, nothing could stop us now, not the pitch and not the weather. We believed in ourselves, in our quality, in the team. The new players I introduced in the lineup also played big part in our success.
Belarus midfielder Timofei Kalachev shared his thoughts on the upcoming game at FYR Macedona. "I was expecting to be called up [by the new coach Aleksandr Khatskevich], but would have understood if he decided to bring young blood. Anyway we have new faces in the team, but that's how it should be," said 33-year-old who also commented on the return of Alexander Hleb.
"Sasha is a big player. There were hard times for him when he was out of form, but as I've heard he plays a lot now and does it to a good level. Such players can bring a lot to the team by just being a part of it."
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