The football players of North Macedonia surprised Italy and defeated it in the semifinals of the World Cup play-offs with a score of 1: 0.
The hero of North Macedonia in Palermo was Aleksandar Trajkovski in the second minute of the referee’s stoppage time. It seemed that the winner would be decided after extra time, maybe even after a penalties, but Trajkovski sent an indefensible shot from a distance and defeated Gianluigi Donaruma.The Italians attacked during the entire match, had a total of 32 shots, against four guests, but in vain. The chances were missed by Berardi, Imobile, Raspadori …
The punishment and elimination of the European champion arrived in stoppage time, so that the “Azzurri” will not participate in the World Cup for the second time in a row.
For the first time in their history, Italy was left without two consecutive World Cups, and at the same time they suffered their first defeat at home in the same qualifiers after 59 matches (48 wins, 11 draws).
Macedonians will fight for a place in Qatar with Portugal on March 29, at the “Dragao” stadium in Porto.