Darko Churlinov plays the full 90 minutes in 2-2 draw with Iceland
Darko Churlinov featured in a World Cup qualifier for North Macedonia on Sunday (5/9), playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw against Iceland. However, he wasn’t able to come up against his Royal Blue teammate Victor Pálsson in Reykjavik. The 30-year-old was an unused substitute for the match.
North Macedonia looked on course for victory after goals from Darko Velkovski (11’) and Ezgjan Alioski (54’) put them 2-0 ahead, but Iceland were then able to net two equalisers late on. Brynjar Ingi Bjarnason from second-division Italian side US Lecce cut the deficit in the 78th minute, before Andri Lucas Gudjohnsen, a striker for the Real Madrid reserves, tied the scores (84’).
Churlinov nearly netted the match winner in the fourth minute of injury time, as his header from inside the area beat Iceland’s goalkeeper. However, Bjarnason was able to clear it off the goalline in order to secure the draw.
North Macedonia currently have eight points in Group J from five games, compared to Iceland’s four. Churlinov and his teammates will play one more game this international break against Romania on Wednesday (8/9, 20:45 CEST) in Skopje. Pálsson and Iceland will face Germany at the same time in Reykjavik.