Euro 2020 playoffs: Pandev leads North Macedonia to 1st major tournament

North Macedonia is heading to its first-ever major tournament after edging Georgia 1-0 in the Euro 2020 qualifying playoffs Thursday at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.

Captain Goran Pandev was the hero for North Macedonia, bagging his 36th international goal for the Balkan minnow 11 minutes after the interval. The 37-year-old Genoa attacker beat Giorgi Loria from close range following a deft bit of interplay between him and fellow Serie A standouts Ilija Nestorovski (Udinese) and Elif Elmas (Napoli).

North Macedonia claims PATH D qualifying honors with the result and will feature at next summer’s rescheduled tournament in Group C alongside the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Austria.

Today’s remaining playoff matches, all scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET, will determine which three nations secure the last available places in the summer 2021 event.

  • Path A: Hungary vs. Iceland
  • Path B: Northern Ireland vs. Slovakia
  • Path C: Serbia vs. Scotland

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