Undefeated in 2023: England haven’t known what it’s like to lose since being eliminated by France in the World Cup quarter-finals last December. The English Team will end the year without defeat.
How was the game
England were better at the beginningspeculating on the opponent’s defense, and stopped at the post with a shot from outside the area by Rice, at 14.
No Kane, no aim: in addition to the ball hitting the post, the English missed opportunities with Watkins, three times, and Rico Lewis, who shot dangerously at the end of the first half. With the home team well positioned in defense, the English Team struggled to find space for shots.
Penalty complaint: The Macedonians complained about a penalty twice in the first half. In the first, they asked for a foul in the area by Maguire, who tried to correct the mess by colliding with Elmas. The referee did not award the penalty.
Macedonian goal: the second penalty request occurred at 36, after Rico Lewis shared the ball high up with Miosvki and, with his back turned, slapped the attacker in the face. This time, he was attended to. Initially the referee did not score, but, after being called by the VAR, he reviewed and awarded the penalty. On the charge, Bardhi hit hard, Pickford palmed it and the penalty taker redeemed himself with the rebound, putting his foot into the goal.