This match was played on a muddy field, and on that field the Macedonian players managed better and won deservedly. But why was this game played on this field at all? Only de Bleeckere knows the answer.
Despite terrible field, it was an easy match to referee, but De Bleeckere had two situations in the penalty box. He didn't award a penalty where he should have. He stopped the game for every contact what was a right decision on a field like that. But the biggest question was why was the game played on such a field. After 20 minutes we couldn't recognize which players play for which team, they were that dirty. The ball was sticky from mud so when a player tried to play a pass it stopped after half a meter.
It was a game without any action, any normal pass. It was just kicking ball from side to side and that was to the benefit of Macedonia because Croatian players couldn't play the skillfull way way they usually do.