As European champions, Italy have failed to qualify for World Cup for the second time in a row. The Azzurri missed three times World Cup in total, respectively 1958, 2018 and 2022. They have just won Euro 2020 last sumer.
Italy in the darknest
The first time that Itay missed World Cup was 1958. Prior to the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff of North Macedonia, Roberto Mancini said, “Our aim is to win the World Cup. In order to do so, we need to win these two games. It’s only others thinking about scenario B, the negative outcome. I’m thinking only of scenario A. And let’s hope it’s A.”
The Azzurri dominated from the off in Palermo. The hosts became more desperate in their search for a winner after the break, however, as chances continued to come and go before, in stoppage time, Trajkovski arrowed in a stunning winner to spark wild North Macedonian celebrations.