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FYROM retain hope with Northern Ireland win

Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.45CET
Northern Ireland 1-3 FYROM
Boban Babunski's side eked their way back into contention in Group 4 after scoring three second-half goals to come from behind and win.
by Javier Aja
from The Oval
 
Published: Friday 7 September 2012, 22.45CET

FYROM retain hope with Northern Ireland win

Northern Ireland 1-3 FYROM
Boban Babunski's side eked their way back into contention in Group 4 after scoring three second-half goals to come from behind and win.

Trailing at the break, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia staged a spirited second-half comeback to defeat Northern Ireland 3-1 and maintain their hopes of a play-off berth.

The visitors, who had to win to stay in touch with Serbia at the Group 4 summit, were behind as early as the tenth minute. Stefan Spirovski lifted the gloom on 48 minutes, before Filip Timov and Aleksandar Stankov set the seal on a vital three points.

Those cold facts only tell half the story of an entertaining contest which sparked into life when Josh Magennis powered Andrew Mitchell's corner past Stole Dimitrievski. The visitors retreated into their shells and were almost hit with a second when Billy Kee's speculative effort caught Dimitrievski unaware.

FYROM settled into their rhythm five minutes later, David Babunski's cultured effort finding the fingertips of Conor Devlin, before Timov sent a low drive straight into the goalkeeper's legs. They soon found their composure, though, when Spirovski's sumptuous free-kick crept in three minutes after the break.

A nerve-jangling 24 minutes elapsed until FYROM found a second, Timov latching on to Babunski's neat pass and steering in. Stankov wrapped up the points in added time, after Connor McLaughlin was sent off, shrugging off his marker and beating Devlin from close range.

FYROM must now win in Serbia on Monday and hope Denmark drop points at home to Northern Ireland in order to top the group.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.10CET

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Lineups

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

FYROM

FYROM

1
DevlinConor Devlin (GK)
1
DimitrievskiStole Dimitrievski (GK)
Yellow Card90
2
MagennisJosh Magennis
Goal10
3
RistevskiKirce Ristevski
3
McKeownRory McKeown
5
BogdanoviсGoran Bogdanoviс (C)
4
ClucasSeanan Clucas
6
Antonio StankovAntonio Stankov
5
ThompsonAdam Thompson
9
FazliSamir Fazli
6
C. McLaughlinConnor McLaughlin
Yellow Card67
Red Card90+1
10
BabunskiDavid Babunski
Substitution75
7
С. WinchesterCarl Winchester
11
RandjelovićPredrag Randjelović
Substitution78
8
MitchellAndrew Mitchell
Substitution60
14
TimovFilip Timov
Goal72
Substitution75
9
KeeBilly Kee
Substitution68
16
Aleksandar StankovAleksandar Stankov
Yellow Card89
Goal90+2
10
P. McLaughlinPaddy McLaughlin (C)
Substitution78
17
NajdovskiFilip Najdovski
11
McAlindenLiam McAlinden
20
SpirovskiStefan Spirovski
Goal48

Substitutes

12
Ross GlendinningRoss Glendinning (GK)
12
EfremovAndreja Efremov (GK)
13
MillarKirk Millar
2
BrdarevskiVladica Brdarevski
14
HegartyChristopher Hegarty
7
TairiFlamur Tairi
Substitution75
15
M. BallMatthew Ball
Substitution78
13
AskovskiStefan Askovski
16
LundMatthew Lund
Substitution60
Yellow Card77
15
CikarskiMite Cikarski
Substitution75
Yellow Card84
17
GrayJames Gray
Substitution68
18
MicevskiDarko Micevski
Substitution78
18
McClureMatthew McClure
19
DrobarovVlatko Drobarov

Coach

Stephen Robinson (NIR) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

Assistant referees

Zsolt Varga (HUN), Tamás Markus (HUN)

Fourth official

Sandor Szabo (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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