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North Macedonia Shock Italy With 92nd Minute Winner In Palermo

North Macedonia Shock Italy With 92nd Minute Winner In Palermo
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Italy, the reigning champions of Europe, have incredibly been bounced out of World Cup qualifying after losing a qualifier at home to North Macedonia tonight in Palermo.

Former Palermo player Alexsander Trajkovski scored an incredible 92nd minute winner to shock Roberto Mancini and Italy.

Italy's efforts to find an equaliser were thwarted and it means Italy will miss the World Cup for the second consecutive tournament.

There were absolutely ecstatic scenes amongst the North Macedonian squad and we imagine there's jubilation in Skopje tonight and beyond.


Twitter went nuts.

Despite a lot of injuries, including the loss of 3/4s of his starting defense, Mancini sounded confident during the week that Italy would reach the World Cup.

“We should not have been here. I have talented players who built a victory out of nothing that nobody believed in. That does not guarantee you getting to the World Cup, but it’s a solid base.”


North Macedona must now travel to Lisbon on Tuesday to play Portugal, who beat Turkey 3-1 tonight. That match seemed headed for extra time but Yilmaz missed a penalty late in the second half.

Wales beat Austrian 2-1 in Cardiff and they will play the winners of Scotland v Ukraine, who will not meet each other until June.

Poland will play the winners of Sweden v Czech Repubic, which finished 0-0 in regular time.

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