Tuesday, October 10, 2006

England held by Macedonia

England suffered humiliation at the hands of Macedonia for the second time in four years as they were held to a goalless draw in their European Championship qualifier at Old Trafford.

Steve McClaren's side were woeful in the opening 45 minutes and there was only a slight upturn in fortunes after the break against a well-organised side who had drawn with England at St Mary's Stadium in 2002.

Macedonia grew in confidence as the game progressed and there will have to be a massive improvement if England are to attain a positive result in Croatia on Wednesday.

Macedonia gave England an early warning when Goran Pandev jinked into the penalty area and smashed a shot into the side-netting.

Robert Petrov arrived late to meet a right-wing cross from Vlade Lazarevski but fired his volley wide.

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