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Nestorovski denies Faroe Islands first group win

Faroe Islands 1-1 FYROM
Ilija Nestorovski prevented the Faroe Islands from recording their maiden victory in Group 4 as Boban Babunski's team kept their play-off hopes intact.

Samir Fazli helped FYROM gain a point in the Faroe Islands
Samir Fazli helped FYROM gain a point in the Faroe Islands ©PETR Stojanovski

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were thankful to Ilija Nestorovski in Torshavn as the second-half substitute scored four minutes after entering the fray to earn a draw against the Faroe Islands.

It was cruel on the hosts, who seemed to heading for a first win in the group, but the point means FYROM's fate still lies in their own hands. If they win their final three games – all away from home, against Denmark, Northern Ireland and Serbia – they will top UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4.

It seemed like that chance had been blown when Kirce Ristevski turned past Filip Gacevski and into his own goal with 54 minutes on the clock. Boban Babunski's men responded, and with the introduction of Nestrovski the tide turned. With 13 minutes to play the forward, who replaced Flamur Tairi, showed his talent, firing a first-time effort into the far corner from the left side of the box.