Franco Foda’s Austria beat North Macedonia 0 to earn their first ever win at the European Championships. Stefan Lainer, Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautović were on target as Austria started their campaign with a win. Austria had not won a game in their two previous Euro 2016 campaigns, 2008 and 2016. The result was Austria’s first ever victory at the third time of trying having not won in the last two tournaments.
MATCH TO SUM THINGS UP
In an excited opening to the challenge, Stefan Lainer broke the gridlock on 18 minutes, lurching to arrive at Marcel Sabitzer’s wonderfully coasted conveyance and get done with a controlled side-footed volley – the first run through Austria has scored in the primary portion of a match in a significant competition since 1982.
After ten minutes, nonetheless, the Lynxes parted from their undaunted cautious barricade to hit back. Ezgjan Alioski’s cross-field ball ricocheted into the step of Aleksandar Trajkovski, whose chance hoped to have blurred uniquely for goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann to drive the ball into the way of Goran Pandev, who responded fastest to fold it out of the dark objective and reestablish equality.
As the high speed proceeded into the subsequent half, Austria tested, and on 78 minutes substitute, Michael Gregoritsch jumped at the close to post to guide David Alaba’s thrilling cross past Stole Dimitrievski. Individual substitution Marko Arnautović wrapped up the success – Austria’s first-historically speaking EURO triumph – with brief left on the clock subsequent to connecting with Konrad Laimer to make a one-on-one with Dimitrievski.
STAR OF THE MATCH: DAVID ALABA (AUSTRIA)
“He was awesome protectively. His cross for Austria’s subsequent objective was eminent. He discussed continually with his group and showed character ready.
Cosmin Contra, UEFA Technical Observer
JORDAN MACIEL, AUSTRIA REPORTER
After a brilliant beginning, it seemed as though it would have been another of those days for Austria. Another botched chance, more ‘imagine a scenario where’ minutes, and more tension in Foda and his group. However, they kept on pushing forward against a daring North Macedonia side and were at last remunerated with a noteworthy outcome. A first EURO win and one that can go about as a major springboard into the last 16.
IGOR PANEVSKI, NORTH MACEDONIA CORRESPONDENT
North Macedonia didn’t prevail with regards to procuring their first point at an EURO; nonetheless, they have not baffled their fans. Pandev changed over North Macedonia’s memorable first EURO objective, and the side will be certain of getting a few focuses against Ukraine.