European Championship - Group C
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Austria 3-1 North Macedonia: Arnautovic and Gregoritsch seal Austria's first Euros win

By Harry PooleBBC Sport

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 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 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.

What's next?

North Macedonia face Ukraine on Thursday at 14:00 BST and Austria meet the Netherlands on the same day at 20:00.

Player of the match

AlioskiEzgjan Alioski

with an average of 8.47

Austria

  1. Squad number9Player nameSabitzer
    Average rating

    7.22

  2. Squad number8Player nameAlaba
    Average rating

    7.15

  3. Squad number7Player nameArnautovic
    Average rating

    6.84

  4. Squad number21Player nameLainer
    Average rating

    6.77

  5. Squad number24Player nameLaimer
    Average rating

    6.52

  6. Squad number11Player nameGregoritsch
    Average rating

    6.35

  7. Squad number14Player nameBaumgartlinger
    Average rating

    6.21

  8. Squad number4Player nameHinteregger
    Average rating

    6.08

  9. Squad number3Player nameDragovic
    Average rating

    5.99

  10. Squad number13Player nameBachmann
    Average rating

    5.97

  11. Squad number23Player nameSchlager
    Average rating

    5.97

  12. Squad number6Player nameIlsanker
    Average rating

    5.85

  13. Squad number19Player nameBaumgartner
    Average rating

    5.83

  14. Squad number2Player nameUlmer
    Average rating

    5.80

  15. Squad number15Player nameLienhart
    Average rating

    5.64

  16. Squad number25Player nameKalajdzic
    Average rating

    5.56

North Macedonia

  1. Squad number8Player nameAlioski
    Average rating

    8.47

  2. Squad number10Player namePandev
    Average rating

    8.13

  3. Squad number1Player nameDimitrievski
    Average rating

    7.40

  4. Squad number21Player nameElmas
    Average rating

    7.36

  5. Squad number17Player nameBardhi
    Average rating

    7.27

  6. Squad number9Player nameTrajkovski
    Average rating

    7.26

  7. Squad number13Player nameRistovski
    Average rating

    7.24

  8. Squad number16Player nameNikolov
    Average rating

    7.11

  9. Squad number6Player nameMusliu
    Average rating

    7.10

  10. Squad number14Player nameVelkovski
    Average rating

    7.09

  11. Squad number5Player nameAdemi
    Average rating

    7.05

  12. Squad number2Player nameBejtulai
    Average rating

    6.89

  13. Squad number15Player nameKostadinov
    Average rating

    6.83

  14. Squad number7Player nameTrichkovski
    Average rating

    6.72

  15. Squad number26Player nameRistovski
    Average rating

    6.25

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 64'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

Match Stats

Home TeamAustriaAway TeamNorth Macedonia
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Austria 3, North Macedonia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Austria 3, North Macedonia 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Austria. Stefan Ilsanker replaces Xaver Schlager.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Ristovski (North Macedonia).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Austria. Julian Baumgartlinger replaces Konrad Laimer.

  7. Goal!

    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. Post update

    Foul by Martin Hinteregger (Austria).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, North Macedonia. Milan Ristovski replaces Visar Musliu.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Lainer (Austria).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Austria. Conceded by Darko Velkovski.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Ristovski (North Macedonia).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, North Macedonia. Ivan Trichkovski replaces Enis Bardhi.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Visar Musliu (North Macedonia).

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