North Macedonia v England: Euro 2024 qualifying – live
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After 52 minutes, Guehi hit Bardhi's knee resulting in a free kick. North Macedonia prepared to attack, but Alioski made a mistake and hit the ball over everyone's head, which resulted in a goal kick.
After feeling let down, Grealish shows an impressive response by pursuing a smart Foden pass through the center. There is a hint that he may take a shot from just outside the box, but opposition members quickly surround him. Eventually, the goalkeeper collects the ball by coming out of his box.
England Loses To North Macedonia 1-0 Without A Goal
Yeah, it was quite clear that it was an offside. I don't understand the reason why it took so much time for the VAR to make a decision. It's a pity that Saka's outstanding efforts went unrewarded.
The VAR check took a while - 49 minutes to be exact.
After 48 minutes, there will be a review from VAR. It's possible that Grealish was slightly offside.
England Scores With Grealish At 47, Tied With North Macedonia
Saka makes his way into the field gracefully from the right side, attracting the attention of four opposing players before skillfully passing the ball towards the goal area. Grealish manages to move ahead of Dimoski and easily scores from close range. Without a doubt, Saka's exceptional performance led to this goal, and he deserves all the recognition for it.
In the 46th minute of the game, Maguire had the ball a few times. The crowd at the stadium booed him in a playful way, probably because of what had happened just before halftime. Additionally, he had made a foolish challenge on Elmas that could have easily resulted in a penalty. Tom Atkins, who was watching the game, wrote about his frustration with what he perceived as biased commentary from Dion Dublin. Despite this, Atkins had high expectations for Channel 4's coverage of the game.
The second half of the match in North Macedonia has begun and there have been no substitutions made.
The author, Matt Dony, starts off the halftime e-letters by posing a question about England's right backs. He believes that even though Alexander-Arnold may not be the best defender, he is one of the few right backs in football who can beautifully strike a ball. Dony also mentions a stunning photograph in the middle of MBM.
"Enough is enough," declares Charles Antaki. "We need a hero for the occasion, it's time for Hendo to step up."
Philip Cornwall, who is currently on holiday in Skopje, has shared details about the list of items that are prohibited at the stadium. He references the advice given by the England supporters travel club, which seems to be quite strict. Although the local authorities recommend that supporters avoid bringing keys, they do understand that certain situations, such as rental cars and hotels, require keys to be present. However, the stadium authorities will confiscate vapes, phone chargers/charging banks, coins, and lighters from supporters upon entry. Furthermore, supporters are only allowed to bring in small handbags, as normal-sized backpacks are still banned. This list may seem extreme, but at least they're not taking away people's trousers!
My friend Alex Ross recommended that I should search for "Google Ehiogu" and "ISDN Dublin". He said he wouldn't share any other suggestions.
North Macedonia Lead England 1-0 At Half-time
Skopje could be in for a surprise as we have reached the midpoint.
After 45 minutes and 5 added minutes, the VAR did not intervene. Maguire is extremely angry that Dimitrievski has accused him of feigning an injury. It might benefit England to hear the whistle and take a breather during halftime to compose themselves.
After 45 minutes and 4 seconds into the game, the corner kick was directed towards the penalty area. Elmas managed to hit Maguire, who was bending down, with his foot. Furthermore, Guehi was pushed from behind in a gentle manner. As a result, VAR is now reviewing the incident.
After 45 minutes of play plus 3, a shot on goal quickly followed in a similar fashion to a London bus. Alexander-Arnold kicked a powerful ball that swerved and rose towards the goalpost. Dimitrievski acted quickly and tipped the ball over the bar. The football displayed by both teams was impressive.
In the 46th minute of the game, Lewis showed impressive performance despite his penalty incident and aimed a shot towards the bottom right from the D's edge. With a tad more force, he could have surpassed Dimitrievski's defense. He chuckled cynically, relieved that he managed a shot on target this time around.
The first half of the game will have four extra minutes added to it. Hugh Molloy thinks that the referee is aware that it wasn't a penalty, but has no choice but to give it if it's reviewed. He thinks this is ridiculous. However, Molloy believes that the Maguire incident was a definite foul and deserved a penalty.
Lewis performs admirably despite experiencing an unfortunate incident. He shows great determination as he fights his way down the left side and manages to earn a free kick, even though it looked like a hopeless situation at first. However, the opposing team effortlessly handles Alexander-Arnold's pass. So far, England hasn't been able to challenge Dimitrievski as they haven't scored any goals. Although, Rice did hit the post, the scoreboard still shows a big fat zero.
It's not an everyday decision. A few referees might have ignored it. However, Lewis received a caution instead. Frankly, the Maguire situation seemed more like a penalty. Does this equalize things, maybe in terms of karma?
North Macedonia Score 1-0 Against England !
Bardhi tries to score by kicking the ball to the right of the goalkeeper, but it's not a great attempt. Pickford manages to deflect the ball with skill, but unfortunately, it bounces right back to Bardhi who takes advantage of the goalkeeper's vulnerable position and shoots it into the bottom left corner of the goal. Pickford must be feeling quite unfortunate. North Macedonia is now in the lead!
After 40 minutes of play, there was an incident where someone put their hand in Bardhi's face. Despite any excuses or explanations, this action is still unacceptable. Bardhi bravely came forward and took action.
North Macedonia Penalized!
The referee makes a rectangle gesture in the air and directs his finger to a specified location, signifying a penalty. Rico Lewis, on his first appearance, unintentionally causes a penalty which leaves him perplexed and questioning why such a decision was made.
Lewis and Miovski both jump for the ball that is not under anyone's control. In the process, Lewis hits Miovski in the face with his hand. Miovski falls to the ground as a result. The use of video assistant referee (VAR) has been called for to review the incident. The referee walks over to the VAR screen to review the footage, which takes a considerable amount of time.
In just 36 minutes, Watkins pulled off an amazing move by easily spinning Musliu and sprinting down the center of the field. He tried to score in the top left corner, but Dimitrievski made an incredible save. However, the referee waved off the play because Watkins pushed the defender in the back.
After 35 minutes, there was another corner taken by Foden from the left. Serafimov managed to head the ball away with ease. During this time, Andrew Goudie suggested Hotspot Hamish.
In just over half an hour of play, Atanasov violently brought Lewis to the ground. Interestingly, the referee did not give him a yellow card for this dangerous move. However, given his earlier altercation with Walker, Atanasov is really testing his luck now.
At 32 minutes into the game, Saka managed to get to the line on the right and passed the ball into the Macedonian box. Unfortunately, there were not many Macedonian players in the box which made it easier for England to score. Grealish almost managed to connect with the ball 12 yards out. England has made some attempts to score but so far, Dimitrievski, the Macedonian goalkeeper, hasn't had to work too hard.
In just half an hour into the game, Foden impressively kicked the football in a stylish arc that aimed towards the box from the left side. However, Watkins missed the chance to score because he forgot to trim his toenails the night before. He was so close to reaching the pass if only he had a longer leg.
In the 29th minute, Maguire stopped a three-member North Macedonian attack with a creative diving maneuver where he was just a couple of inches above the ground. It's like picturing someone throwing a rug out of a van at a landfill site. That's the kind of move he pulled off.
In just about 27 minutes into the game, Foden almost sets up Grealish on the left side. However, Dimoski put in a commendable effort to block the route towards the penalty area.
In 25 minutes, North Macedonia got some relief. Musliu raced against Walker on the left side and earned a foul for his effort. Bardhi took the free kick, which was similar to a corner, and kicked a long ball towards Atanasov, who was unable to reach it at the far post. It resulted in a goal kick. The home team improved after Maguire's incident and had not been very offensive before that.
In just 23 minutes of the match, Maguire made a terrible pass that was intercepted by Miovski. Miovski then passed the ball to Elmas who was able to make his way into the box. However, Maguire, trying to rectify his previous mistake, pushed Elmas from behind. Surprisingly, the referee did not call a penalty, even though it seemed like a fair call. The fans of the National Arena Todor Proeski were not happy with this decision and expressed their frustration.
In just over 20 minutes, Foden skillfully moves down the left side and manages to earn a corner by getting past Dimoksi. The English team is excited to see what Foden's going to do next, and they get prepared for his kick. However, this time, Foden misses the mark and sends a disappointing pass behind Guehi, far from the box.
After 21 minutes, Alioski manages to grab Saka from behind during the game. The situation is becoming messy, both literally and figuratively. On the sideline, Gareth Southgate expresses his frustration by throwing his arms out wide.
In a span of 19 minutes, Atanasov was able to dodge a similar penalty for his actions of wrestling Walker's neck. While all of this was happening, Alex Ross made a sudden decision to disclose the password, stating that it was actually "AndySinton-et."
In 17 minutes, Elmas gets a yellow card for stopping Saka in a rough manner while in motion. He believes the penalty is too severe and expresses his disagreement to the referee. Afterwards, the free kick is launched towards the players, but Maguire is caught committing an offsides error.
In just 15 minutes, Foden makes a left-side cross and Watkins, with no opposition, attempts a header from six yards away. He endeavors to direct it across Dimitrievski, the keeper, who seems to be motionless, but it heads towards the left side of the goalpost, missing it by an inch. If it had been on target, it surely would have gone in.
In just 14 minutes of the game, Grealish made his way down the left and passed the ball to Rice, who skillfully took one touch and struck a low shot from the edge of the box. Unfortunately, the ball hit the base of the right-hand post and bounced away harmlessly. It was still a great effort though! Meanwhile, Alex Ross made a reference to the legendary player gabbyagbONLINEhor from the 2008-09 season when speaking to Alun Pugh.
In just 12 minutes, Grealish falls down after being unexpectedly hit by Manev. He expresses his frustration, however, the referee shows little concern for what appeared to be a typical challenge.
In just 10 minutes, Alexander-Arnold adopts a quarterback style by staying back and then launches a lengthy pass towards the inside-right channel, almost setting Walker free. However, the attempt falls short. The game kicks off with a calm demeanor, though England gradually establishes a sense of dominance.
In less than ten minutes, Bardhi tries to deliver a fantastic long pass to Miovski towards the left side. However, the pass was a bit too heavy, and Pickford had to move forward towards the edge of his box to catch the ball.
In just six minutes, Lewis has shown his defensive skills by preventing Dimoski from breaking through and leaving the pitch. This young player's performance has been busy and impressive so far.
In just four minutes, Lewis got the ball and made a splendid shot towards the goalpost. It would have been an amazing start to his international football career! The talented player from Manchester City wasn't afraid to take risks and showed no signs of shying away from the pressure.
In a quick three-minute play, Grealish and Rice engage in a clever collaboration down the left side of the field. Grealish makes a low cross towards the near post for Watkins, but unfortunately, he can't quite finish the shot from up close. The ball deflects out for a corner kick, and from there…
Lewis makes his first appearance and gets shoved off the ball by Alimi, causing Miovski to break free down the right. However, the referee awards a free kick as Alimi's push was too rough. Alimi shows his disapproval by wagging his finger. This is a difficult introduction to playing in international football for Lewis.
The game starts with England taking possession of the ball. Tom Marlow suggests "What do you think about neilWEBb?" as it was a matter of time before someone mentioned it.
The lineups have been revealed! North Macedonia will wear red with yellow highlights on their shirts, while England will don white shirts with blue shorts. The game will start soon, after the national anthems are sung. On a different note, Antony Train has expressed his opinion that Alan Pugh gave the FA too much praise for their password strength, suggesting that passwords such as "123456" or "J0rd@nknowssokeepp1ckingh1m" might still be used, depending on the required characters.
In an interview with Channel 4, Gareth Southgate discussed how the team will need to adjust to Ollie's style of play, which differs from Harry's. Rather than expecting him to play like Harry, the team will focus on playing to Ollie's strengths, which include running behind teams and pressing from the front. Southgate wants Rico Lewis to enjoy his time on the field and utilize his ball possession by advancing to areas where he can make plays. Southgate acknowledged that the team did not play as well as they could have in the Malta game and have been working on improving both their ball usage and defense. The goal for the team remains to become the best in the world, and Southgate will continue to push for improvement. The team will need to make the most of games like the upcoming one, to move closer to achieving their objective.
Help with IT needed urgently. Alun Pugh recently stayed in a hotel in Doha on his way to Yerevan for a football match. He noticed that the hotel was the base for the England team during the Qatar World Cup and had several framed jerseys on display. However, what caught his eye were a few routers that seemed to be left by the FA. Pugh's phone was able to detect signals such as '3 Lions' but he was unable to access them with common passwords like 'TofiqBahramov' and 'penalties'. Can anyone suggest alternative solutions?
Have you given aLANshearer a go? I don't have any other suggestions. Let's ask the readers for their input.
Just a quick note to say that while the upcoming match may seem like little more than a formality, there are actually some pretty significant Group C events happening in Leverkusen tonight. Italy's destiny hangs in the balance as they must avoid defeat against Ukraine if they want to secure a spot in the finals. If they don't, they'll have to compete in the playoffs, and given their previous struggles in those matches - as evidenced by their absence from the last two World Cups - it's a scenario they'd surely like to avoid. Our own Rob Smyth, who's just finished covering Uruguay vs Brazil in the cricket, will be providing expert analysis on this one. For all you fans of cross-disciplinary World-Cup-finals out there, stick around - this one's not to be missed.
Gareth Southgate has decided to switch things up for England's upcoming game, making six changes to the starting XI that secured a 2-0 win against Malta. Among the changes, Harry Kane will not be starting and will instead be on the bench. His place will be taken by Ollie Watkins. There will also be a new captain, as Kyle Walker steps in to fill the role. Additionally, Jack Grealish, Declan Rice, and Bukayo Saka will be starting the game. One major change will be the debut of Rico Lewis.
In the North Macedonia soccer lineup, players like Dimitrievski, Manev, and Serafimov take to the field. Others on the list include Musliu, Dimoski, Bardhi, Atanasov, Alimi, Alioski, Miovski, and Elmas. Supplementary players are also available, such as Kostadinov, Askovski, Iljazovski, Elezi, Churlinov, Mitrovski, Milan Ristovski, Todoroski, Aleksovski, Daci, Ademi, and Siskovski.
The English soccer team's starting lineup includes Pickford, Walker, Guehi, Maguire, Lewis, Alexander-Arnold, Rice, Saka, Foden, Grealish, and Watkins. On the substitutes' bench are Gallagher, Kane, Ramsdale, Phillips, Tomori, Rashford, Johnstone, Konsa, Palmer, and Henderson.
The official who will oversee the match is Filip Glova from Slovakia.
The national football team of England has secured their spot in Euro 2024 as the victors of Group C. If they manage to tie with the team they previously defeated 7-0 five months ago, they will definitely be classified as one of the top seeds in the tournament draw. Hence, the stakes are not too high. However, if you are still looking for a reason to watch tonight's game, then keep in mind that it can't possibly be worse than the previous match.
The game is scheduled to commence at 7.45pm GMT. It's confirmed.