Don’t miss the full match replay and highlights of the intense showdown between North Macedonia and England. This epic match is part of the UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification, Group C – Matchday 10. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Monday, November 20, 2023. Catch all the excitement on AHighlight.com!
North Macedonia vs England Full Match Reports
England secured the crucial point needed to ensure a place in Pot 1 of the UEFA Euro 2024 draw, as they navigated a 1-1 draw against North Macedonia in Skopje. This result signifies that the Lynxes have now suffered just one defeat in their last six home internationals.
Despite already sealing a spot at Euro 2024 in Germany, this final Group C encounter offered Gareth Southgate the chance to rotate his squad, with Rico Lewis making an impactful debut. England understood the importance of securing at least a point to guarantee a top seeding for the group stage draw. Declan Rice came close to breaking the deadlock, hitting the post from outside the box within the first 15 minutes.
Despite their previous heavy defeat against Italy, North Macedonia, already eliminated, displayed resilience, with Elif Elmas denied a penalty after a challenge by Harry Maguire. The hosts continued to assert themselves, and England’s luck ran out when Lewis’ aerial challenge on Bojan Miovski resulted in a VAR-reviewed penalty. Jordan Pickford’s save from Enis Bardhi’s spot-kick proved futile, as Bardhi followed up on the rebound to give North Macedonia a surprising lead at halftime.
Southgate’s halftime talk had a noticeable impact, and Jack Grealish nearly found the net early on, only for the goal to be retrospectively ruled out for offside. Ollie Watkins was replaced by Harry Kane, who made an instant impact. Phil Foden’s corner found its way to Kane, and under pressure, Jani Atanasov deflected the ball into his own net, marking the 200th goal in Southgate’s 91 matches in charge.
While England struggled to break down North Macedonia’s resilient defense, Nikola Serafimov’s late effort was the closest to a winner. Blagoja Milevski’s team can take pride in securing a positive result against European royalty. Despite a lackluster display in the concluding match of England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, it marked the team’s sixth unbeaten away match. This outcome positions the Three Lions to avoid facing the strongest European sides in the group stage.
Player of the Match: Enis Bardhi (North Macedonia).