Spain started off in a fine fashion pushing the underdogs on the back foot immediately attacking and putting pressure on the Macedonian defence. The 11th minute was a tense one for the Macedonian team with “La Roja” carving them out with their build up play, which finally didn’t manage to get put away. In the 19th minute, Pandev gets inches away from putting his team in the lead, but sends his header just wide of the far post. After this event, Spain once again went on the attack after Pandev’s warning. After 34 minutes of defiance the inevitable happened, Spain took the lead. Surprisingly Velkoski sends a looping header into his own goal after what looked like a harmless cross by Carvajal. After the goal, the match slowed down and cantered to a calm half time finish. Who knows what awaits in the next half?
HT score: 1⃣-0⃣