The race for a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is heating up and coach Roberto Mancini is aware of the problems that will arrive when his Italy side take on minnows North Macedonia and Cristiano Ronaldo-led …
One key takeaway from Luciano Spalletti's debut as the Italy coach: The Tuscan gaffer has much work to do to revamp an anemic version of the Azzurri. Italy failed to overcome their North Macedonia nemesis on Saturday night as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Skopje in the third game of their Euro 2024 qualifiers campaign.
Yhe Azzurri dropped back to defend their slim advantage and ultimately paid the price as Enis Bardhi beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with a stunning freekick. So here are our player ratings for Italy who only managed to add a single point to their Euro 2024 qualifiers tally from in trip to North Macedonia.
Italy’s defeat to North Macedonia could arguably make it to a list of the worst five losses suffered by the Azzurri in their more than centennial history. But, since the memory of it is still fresh (and painful!), we will leave it out of the count and take a look at the most shameful of Italy’s defeats aside from the Palermo disaster.
Italy’s football history is one of multiple disappointments and a few unexpected, exciting victories. That is way more than many countries will ever get – so thank the football gods for that. But, if we want even more than that, we need to rethink our calcio movement from its roots.
When the referee blew for full time, the Italy coach struggled to believe that his side had just lost 0-1 to North Macedonia, bidding farewell to their chances of making to the 2022 World Cup. It took some time for Mancini to pick himself up and come to talk to the press.
No, this is not happening again. Please wake us up. Italy will miss the World Cup for the second edition in a row as they lost to North Macedonia at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo. The Azzurri succumbed to a late goal from Aleksandar Trajkovski.
Ukraine had to sweat it out, but they successfully defended their lead versus North Macedonia. They took home the three points mostly thanks to a commanding first half. They will now play their chances in the final game versus Austria. Goran Pandev and teammates are out. Andryi Yarmolenk and Artem Yaremchuk decided th contest with two good-looking goals near the end of the first half. Egzjan Alioski only partly re-opened the bout.
Group C of Euro 2020 got underway on a rainy Sunday evening in Bucharest as Austria beat North Macedonia 3-1. Two of the tournament's expected minnows set up with three vital points at stake. For the neutral supporters, it was a chance to view a handful of genuine stars and to scout some hot prospects (Christoph Baumgartner or Elif Elmas).
North Macedonia will participate in their first ever major international tournament at this summer’s Euro 2020. Igor Angelovski’s men were able to advance to this summer’s showpiece via the play-offs thanks to their UEFA Nations League performance.