|Jorginho's reaction tells the whole story after Italy's shock loss to North Macedonia on Thursday night. (Photo credit: UEFA)
For the second consecutive edition, Italy will not be participating in the FIFA World Cup after a shock semifinal loss to North Macedonia on home soil on Thursday night.
champions lost 1-0 at a packed Stadio Renzo Barbera. Trajkovski scored deep
into added time to condemn Roberto Mancini and the Azurris to an unprecedented
defeat which ultimately means the tiny European nation has a chance to feature
at their first ever World Cup at the end of the year.
the night, Sweden needed extra time to dump Czech Republic out of the
tournament following a goalless 90 minutes in which Czech did themselves proud.
Robin Quaison scored the only goal of the encounter with just ten minutes
remaining on the clock. Sweden will face Wales to determin who qualifies for
the Qatar World Cup after Gareth Bale led the Welsh side to a 2-1 win over
gave a good fight but left it too late before fighting their battles as a goal
either side of the two halves ended their dreams. Gareth Bale lofted a
brilliant free kick in the first half to give Wales the lead after Harry Wilson
was hacked down close to the Austrian box.
Early in the
second half, the Real Madrid man found the net again to double the team in red’s
advantage and Marko Aurnatovic should have levelled moments before that.
Sabitzer beat Wayne Hennessy in the Welsh goal to half the deficit just after
the hour mark and the team in black threw caution to the wind with series of
attack on the Welsh area but Robert Page’s side survived the siege and booked a
place in Tuesday’s final.
Turkey in the other game of the night 3-1 at the Estadio De Dragao to book a
place in the final against giant killers North Macedonia. Porto winger Otavio
sent the home side in front earlier on in the game with a fine finish to beat
Urgucan Cakir at his near post before Diogo Jota doubled the advantage at the
tail end of the half.
one back through Burak Yilmaz midway into the second half but he soon became
the villain towards the tail end of the game as he missed a penalty that would
have sent the game into extra time where it would be anyone’s game.
ended the conversation deep into added time having been set up by AC Milan
winger Rafael Leao to make it 3-1.