Italy misses World Cup again after losing to North Macedonia

Italy will miss the World Cup for the second time in a row after a huge upset qualifying round at the hands of North Macedonia.

Just nine months from winning the Euros, Italy suffered another national disgrace on the World Cup stage after missing out in 2018. Aleksandar Trajkovski’s 92nd-minute stunner proved to be the goal that propelled Italy out of the qualifying playoffs.

Italy had qualified for every World Cup between 1962 and 2014 before missing the qualifying knockout round ahead of the 2018 competition, and only missed the World Cup once in their history before the failures consecutive. The loss was Italy’s first loss in World Cup qualification on home soil after a 48-0-11.

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