(UEFA.COM)–Goals from Goran Pandev–Artim Sakiri and Velice Sumulikoski earned FYR Macedonia a 3-0 victory against Armenia in Skopje in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 1.
During their next match on September 4–the Macedonians will face Romania–who pulled off a 2-1 victory over Finland on August 18. Armenia will have its chance against Finland four days later in Yerevan.
"I want to thank my players for a good game," said FYR Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski. "We deserved to win–although I knew that it would be a hard game–but we had several chances to score one or two goals more. It’s important to earn a victory in the first match of qualification."
His counterpart Bernard Casoni was downbeat–saying: "It was the expected result for us–as we were missing several players. FYR Macedonia is a good team and they deserved to win. They scored early and after the second we knew that we would lose."