Macedonia overcomes 6 goal Czech lead, books place in World Cup
Thursday, 16 June 2016

Trailing by a six-goal deficit from the first match seemed to be no problem for the Macedonians who started the return match by steamrolling their opponents.

It did not take Macedonia much more than a quarter of an hour to catch up with the Czech six-goal lead, and already in the first half the home team led by nine goals.

That lead was increased to 11 goals in the second half, but the Czechs managed to climb a bit closer towards the end, and as Jan Stehlik reduced the gap to 32:25 with one minute and 16 seconds left, things turned into a nail-biter in the Boris Trajkovski arena in Skopje, as the difference over two legs was now only a single goal.

However, the hosts managed to fight off the Czech attacks and win the match by seven and the tie by one.

6,963 spectators saw left winger Dejan Manaskov score no less than 11 goals for Macedonia.


Macedonia will join Hungary, Sweden, Poland, Russia and Slovenia today who also booked their spots in 2017 World Cup in France.


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