Leeds United's Gjanni Alioski excels with unusual skill and penalty as North Macedonia thump Kazakhstan

GJANNI Alioski bagged his eighth goal for his country as a thriving North Macedonia signed off for the Euros with a 4-0 cruise against ten-men Kazakhstan.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 12:06 am

Alioski has been deployed by Whites head coach Marcelo Bielsa as a left back of late but started in his traditional position on the left wing as his country took on Kazakhstan in Skopje.

The hosts dominated Friday evening's encounter from the start and after Elif Elmas was fouled for a penalty, Alioski stepped up to hammer home the spot kick into the bottom right corner ten minutes before the break.

Kazakhstan's task was then made even more difficult as Serikzhan Muzhikov was shown a straight red card following a late and high challenge just before the interval.

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North Macedonia then ran riot in the second half and added three more goals through Ivan Trichkovski, Milan Ristovski and Darko Churlinov.

Alioski almost bagged himself a second when his looping header sailed just wide.

The Whites player also set up two more fine chances that were both fired wide and ended the game with a sublime piece of skill in the Kazakhstan box before sending in a low cross that was cleared.

The 29-year-old paused with his foot on the ball but then produced a quick touch to dart clear of his man only to see his delivery intercepted.

ON SONG: Leeds United's Gjanni Alioski, right, as North Macedonia blitzed Kazakhstan. Photo by ANDREI PUNGOVSCHI/AFP via Getty Images.

North Macedonia have now completed their warm up games and their Euros quest will begin with next Sunday's Group C clash against Austria (kick-off 5pm).

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Thank you Laura Collins