Aleksandar Trajkovski performed the hero for North Macedonia, scoring the game-winning objective throughout the 92nd minute. Getting into the match, North Macedonia closed as +1700 underdogs per Caesars Sportsbook. It can face Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo within the UEFA playoff finals on March 29. North Macedonia is the primary workforce to win street video games in aggressive fixtures in opposition to Germany and Italy, per ESPN Stats & Data. The squad defeated Germany lower than a yr in the past on March 31, 2021.
Thursday’s loss ends an unblemished house report in World Cup qualifiers for Italy. Earlier than the sport, the workforce was 48-0-11 in such contests. It is also the second consecutive World Cup miss for Italy, the primary time this has ever occurred for the Azzurri. It joins Czechoslovakia (1978), Denmark (1994) and Greece (2006) as the one reigning Euro champions to overlook the next World Cup.
After North Macedonia’s gorgeous upset, stars and groups took to social media with their reactions:
— GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) March 24, 2022
Italy not being within the World Cup appears bizarre to say the least 😟
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) March 24, 2022
For Italy to go from being European Champions to not even making the ultimate playoff stage is an almighty and devastating fall.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) March 24, 2022
Good factor they’re increasing the World Cup to 48 groups in 2026.
Don’t desire Italy to overlook it once more!
— Jimmy Conrad (@JimmyConrad) March 24, 2022
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) March 24, 2022
Verratti was devastated after Italy’s loss 🥺 pic.twitter.com/tqWonSifKx
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 24, 2022
— Kits, Totti & Palace (@calciocarl) March 24, 2022