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North Macedonia offers historic qualification for the Euro 2020 finals

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North Macedonia will compete in a major tournament for the first time in its history after Goran Pandev’s goal awarded the Balkans a 1-0 away win over Georgia in the Euro 2020 qualifying final on Thursday.

Pandev scored the only goal of the match in the 56th minute in Tbilisi, allowing the 65th-ranked country in the FIFA world rankings to secure their place in the postponed European Championship finals, which are now set to start in June. And July next year

They will enter Group C in the finals alongside former winners of the Netherlands, Austria and Ukraine, and they are scheduled to play their first match against Austria in Bucharest on June 13th next year

North Macedonia, which played its first official match in 1993 after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, had never come close to reaching a major tournament before, but it got a chance after the new European Nations Championship offered a route to Europe Traditional anchovies

One place in the qualifiers was allocated to a team from bottom in the fourth league of that competition, and Macedonia topped the group with Armenia, Gibraltar and Liechtenstein before beating its neighbor Kosovo 2-1 in Skopje in the semi-final Last month

Georgia, ranked 86, was also aiming to reach its first major tournament after winning the semi-final 1-0 against Belarus, despite the absence of some key players due to infection and positive coronavirus tests, including playmaker Giorgi Chakvetadze. The Belgian side is gent

The two teams have met twice in Nations League matches in the past two months, with North Macedonia returning from behind to draw 1-1 each time

This time, though, they kept winning thanks to Pandev, the 37-year-old Serie A veteran who is a legend in his homeland.

The goal was the result of a beautiful game between three players in Italy, where Eljeev Elmas of Napoli and Ilya Nestorovsky of Udinese on the edge of the region met to form Pandev, and he took a touch before scoring in a lightning end.

A member of the Inter Milan team led by Jose Mourinho, who won the Champions League in 2010, and is now with Genoa and is his country’s best scorer ever.

The remaining three stadiums will be decided in the 24-team European Cup qualifiers later on Thursday as Hungary host Iceland and Northern Ireland and Slovakia and Serbia will face Scotland in the other play-off finals

The European Championship was to be held in June and July of this year before it was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Set to take place in 12 cities across the continent, with the semi-finals and final at Wembley, London

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World News – Britain – North Macedonia secures qualification Historic Euro 2020 – France 24



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