Italy 0 – 1 North Macedonia: Euro 2020 Champions Italy out of the World Cup 2022

World Cup - UEFA Qualifiers - Play-Off Semi Final - Italy v North Macedonia

A stunning last-minute goal from Aleksandar Trajkovski incredibly sent North Macedonia into the World Cup play-off final at the expense of European champions Italy in one of the greatest qualification shocks ever.

In the first goalless draw, Italy almost conceded a goal when North Macedonian goalkeeper Stole Dimitrevski passed the ball to Domenico Berardi but rolled a weak shot back into the man between the arms of the post when he appeared confident he would score.

The Sassuolo man suffered a concussion after a while as the Azzurri continued to work hard, despite Marco Verratti’s prowess at the heart of the action, and was miraculously sent to pack two minutes into injury when former Palermo striker Trajkovski scored his first goal. soil with a positive end from the distance obtained.

That goal means Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the second time in a row, and North Macedonia will face Portugal.

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