Austria won their first European Championship at the seventh attempt, destroying North Macedonia’s first appearance in a major competition with a 3-1 victory in Bucharest.

Substitutes Both Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic scored in the closing 12 minutes to ensure Franco Foda’s team took all three points in Group C.

Following Finland’s 1-0 victory over Denmark on Saturday, North Macedonia appeared to be on track to earn a point against opponents who had defeated them twice in qualifying.

Goran Pandev became the first player to score in the second leg of the play-offs to defeat Georgia and secure a place at Euro 2020.

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Key Facts:

Austria scored three times as many goals against North Macedonia as they did in their previous six competition matches combined.

– Since Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco scored for Belgium against Hungary in 2016, Arnautovic and Gregoritsch became the first pair of players from the bench to score for the same country in the competition.

– With Lainer’s goal in the 18th minute, Austria took the lead for the first time in a European Championship match.

– Pandev, who made his 120th appearance against Austria and scored his 38th international goal, is one of only eight players selected for 2017 European Championship with more caps for their country.

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– Arnautovic has three international goals to his name.


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