Elif Elmas, one of the key players of the Macedonian team, told Sport1 about the emotional roller-coaster he experienced during the victory over Georgia which secured Macedonia a spot in the European Championship.

Macedonia means a lot to me. It is a big heart, my homeland, my mother. I would give anything for Macedonia. I’m not just saying that, it is something I feel. All players need to love their country as much as I do and enjoy in the love they get back, Elmas said.

The Napoli midfielder refused offers from Turkey to play for Macedonia. His pass was crucial in helping Pandev score the goal that settled the match in Tbilisi.