After missing on Russia 2018, Italy are out of the World Cup 2022.
North Macedonia will play Portugal for a place in the 2022 World Cup after beating Italy 1-0.
Roberto Mancini’s side dominated the game and registered 32 shots but they ultimately could not find the back of the net.
Aleksandar Trajkovski’s struck in injury time to pile the misery on Italy, who miss out on a second consecutive World Cup.
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“It is a huge disappointment,” the Italy midfielder Jorginho said. “It hurts, it hurts so much. We have always created and dominated matches but we have not been able to finish teams off. It is not to blame anyone in particular but it is the reality.
“I don’t know why we haven’t been able to do this, I am also involved in this, and it hurts me to think about it.”
Without the veteran pairing Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini through injury, Italy’s makeshift defence was barely troubled in the first half, as all the action took place down the other end.
They will travel to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the final, who overcame Turkey after a late scare.
Giorgio Chiellini expressed his “great disappointment” about the Azzurri’s exit, but stated he wants Mancini to remain in his post. “There is great disappointment. We played a good game, we missed the goal,” Chiellini said.. “I’m proud of my teammates. We are destroyed. I hope the future is still with Mr. Mancini.”
While, Mancini was dressed in his usual suave and smooth style, the former Manchester City boss appeared non-plussed by the stunning result. “I’m more than disappointed, I’ve nothing to say,” Mancini said after the match.
Something incredible happened tonight. We deserved to win the Euros, now we’ve been really unlucky… but that’s it, that’s the reality. I’m sorry for the players”