/Austria earn first ever European Championship win

Austria earn first ever European Championship win


Michael Gregoritsch
Austria scored twice in a game at a major tournament for the first time since 1990 against USA at the World Cup.

Substitutes Marko Arnautovic and Michael Gregoritsch earned Austria their first ever victory at a European Championship as Franco Foda’s side edged past tournament debutants North Macedonia in their Group C opener.

Gregoritsch met captain David Alaba’s sublime cross with 12 minutes remaining to end North Macedonia’s resistance, before Arnautovic put the result beyond doubt after rounding goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Veteran Macedonian striker Goran Pandev looked to have earned a memorable point for Euro 2020’s lowest-ranked side on his 120th appearance, 20 years on from his international debut.

The 37-year-old Genoa forward, part of Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter Milan side of 2009-10, pounced on a defensive mix-up and slotted in to an open goal after 28 minutes to cancel out out Stefan Lainer’s strike.

Borussia Monchengladbach right-back Lainer had produced a fine finish to give an uninspiring Austria the lead 10 minutes earlier, leaping to volley in Marcel Sabitzer’s excellent pass.

Lainer held up a shirt reading “Eriksen stay strong” following his goal, after the Denmark midfielder collapsed in his side’s Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday.

With the Netherlands and Ukraine to come, both sides played with greater urgency in a fiery second half and Austria manager Franco Foda called on ex-West Ham forward Arnautovic and Gregoritsch to bolster the attack.

Dimitrievski was at full stretch to keep out Gregoritsch’s glanced header, before the Augsburg player made the breakthrough and Arnautovic – Austria’s top scorer in qualifying – grabbed his first international goal in two years.

The Macedonian supporters created a festival atmosphere – despite the rain at Romania’s National Arena – but despite a promising showing it was not to be in their first match at a major tournament in their 27-year history.

Player of the match

AlioskiEzgjan Alioski

Austria

  1. Squad number9Player nameSabitzer

  2. Squad number8Player nameAlaba

  3. Squad number7Player nameArnautovic

  4. Squad number21Player nameLainer

  5. Squad number24Player nameLaimer

  6. Squad number11Player nameGregoritsch

  7. Squad number14Player nameBaumgartlinger

  8. Squad number4Player nameHinteregger

  9. Squad number3Player nameDragovic

  10. Squad number13Player nameBachmann

  11. Squad number23Player nameSchlager

  12. Squad number6Player nameIlsanker

  13. Squad number19Player nameBaumgartner

  14. Squad number2Player nameUlmer

  15. Squad number15Player nameLienhart

  16. Squad number25Player nameKalajdzic

North Macedonia

  1. Squad number8Player nameAlioski

  2. Squad number10Player namePandev

  3. Squad number1Player nameDimitrievski

  4. Squad number21Player nameElmas

  5. Squad number17Player nameBardhi

  6. Squad number9Player nameTrajkovski

  7. Squad number13Player nameRistovski

  8. Squad number16Player nameNikolov

  9. Squad number6Player nameMusliu

  10. Squad number14Player nameVelkovski

  11. Squad number5Player nameAdemi

  12. Squad number2Player nameBejtulai

  13. Squad number15Player nameKostadinov

  14. Squad number7Player nameTrichkovski

  15. Squad number26Player nameRistovski

Line-ups

Austria

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 13Bachmann
  • 3DragovicSubstituted forLienhartat 45′minutes
  • 8Alaba
  • 4Hinteregger
  • 23SchlagerSubstituted forIlsankerat 90+4′minutes
  • 21LainerBooked at 85mins
  • 24LaimerSubstituted forBaumgartlingerat 90+3′minutes
  • 9Sabitzer
  • 2Ulmer
  • 25KalajdzicSubstituted forArnautovicat 59′minutes
  • 19BaumgartnerSubstituted forGregoritschat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Schlager
  • 6Ilsanker
  • 7Arnautovic
  • 10Grillitsch
  • 11Gregoritsch
  • 12Pervan
  • 14Baumgartlinger
  • 15Lienhart
  • 16Trimmel
  • 17Schaub
  • 18Schöpf
  • 22Lazaro

North Macedonia

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Dimitrievski
  • 16NikolovSubstituted forBejtulaiat 63′minutes
  • 13Ristovski
  • 14Velkovski
  • 6MusliuSubstituted forRistovskiat 86′minutes
  • 8AlioskiBooked at 52mins
  • 17BardhiSubstituted forTrichkovskiat 82′minutes
  • 5Ademi
  • 21Elmas
  • 10Pandev
  • 9TrajkovskiBooked at 42minsSubstituted forKostadinovat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bejtulai
  • 4Ristevski
  • 7Trichkovski
  • 11Hasani
  • 12Jankov
  • 15Kostadinov
  • 19Velkoski
  • 20Spirovski
  • 22Siskovski
  • 24Avramovski
  • 25Churlinov
  • 26Ristovski
Referee:
Andreas Ekberg
Attendance:
9,082

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Austria 3, North Macedonia 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Austria 3, North Macedonia 1.

  3. Substitution, Austria. Stefan Ilsanker replaces Xaver Schlager.

  4. Michael Gregoritsch (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Stefan Ristovski (North Macedonia).

  6. Substitution, Austria. Julian Baumgartlinger replaces Konrad Laimer.

  7. Goal! Austria 3, North Macedonia 1. Marko Arnautovic (Austria) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Konrad Laimer.

  8. Foul by Martin Hinteregger (Austria).

  9. Milan Ristovski (North Macedonia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution, North Macedonia. Milan Ristovski replaces Visar Musliu.

  11. Stefan Lainer (Austria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Foul by Stefan Lainer (Austria).

  13. Arijan Ademi (North Macedonia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Corner, Austria. Conceded by Darko Velkovski.

  15. Attempt blocked. Marcel Sabitzer (Austria) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konrad Laimer.

  16. Michael Gregoritsch (Austria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Foul by Stefan Ristovski (North Macedonia).

  18. Substitution, North Macedonia. Ivan Trichkovski replaces Enis Bardhi.

  19. Marko Arnautovic (Austria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Visar Musliu (North Macedonia).

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