A lonely goal from the veteran Goran Pandev allowed North macedonia make history, after qualifying for the first time for the finals of a Eurocup, by winning this Thursday by 0-1 to Georgia in the final of the repechage.
Pandev, who turned 37 years old last July, showed that he has not forgotten the goalscoring skills that led him to become a star of the Lazio, Inter or Naples, among others, with the goal he scored this Thursday in the Georgian capital.
A goal in which the now Genoa player showed all the quality he treasures, culminating in the 56th minute with a subtle touch a beautiful triangulation of the Macedonian team in the rival area, which Pandev himself was in charge of starting.
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Quite a blow for Georgia, which, like the Balkan team, was seeking to qualify for the first time in its history for a major international tournament.
A goal that led the Caucasians to be somewhat more incisive than their rival in the first half, in which Georgia tested the Macedonian goalkeeper a couple of times Stole Dimitrievski, goalkeeper of the Vallecano Ray.
The clearest was a shot at thirty minutes of play from inside the penalty area. Tornike Okriashvili, which went slightly off course.
An opportunity to which Goran Pandev responded five minutes later, with a header, which the local goalkeeper Giorgi loria diverted to corner.
Pandev did not fail his next opportunity, which enlarged his legend by culminating at 56 minutes a triangulation in the Georgian area between Elif Elmas, The front Ilija Nestorovski and Pandev himself.
A bit that allowed Macedonia, that I had never played a European Championship or a World Cup before, seal their ticket for the final phase of Euro 2020, in which the Balkans will face the teams of Ukraine, the Netherlands and Austria.