The Italian national team lost 0:1 to the team of North Macedonia in the semi-final match of the qualifying tournament for qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The meeting took place in Palermo.
Aleksander Trajkovski scored a goal in stoppage time for the second half.
The Italian team finished second in Group C of the qualifying tournament. The first were the Swiss.
The Italian national team is a four-time world champion. Twice the team won silver medals, once bronze. The Italian national team, which is the reigning European champion, also did not qualify for the 2018 world championship in Russia. The reigning European champions did not qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 2006, when the Greek team that won Euro 2004 did not participate in the tournament in Germany.
The team of North Macedonia in the final of the qualifying tournament for the World Cup will play with the team of Portugal, which beat the Turkish players with a score of 3:1. The meeting will take place on March 29 in Porto.
The World Championship will be held from November 21 to December 18. Teams from Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Serbia, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan have already qualified for the tournament, as well as the Qatar team as the host country of the tournament.
Italy vs Northern Macedonia 0-1 Highlights