Italy on verge of qualifying for Euro 2024 after North Macedonia revenge

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THE defending champions destroyed North Macedonia this Saturday, November 18, to leave Italy on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2024.

They now face Ukraine next Monday 20, knowing that a draw will be enough to take them through to the tournament that is being held in Germany next June.

Italy took revenge for the 1-0 defeat in their play-off in Palermo that saw them miss out on the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

As a result of today’s victory, the Italians moved up to second place in Group C. England top the group and have already secured their passage to the finals.

A Matteo Darmian header put Luciano Spalletti’s side in front after 17 minutes. Federico Chiesa doubled the lead in the 40th minute, one minute after Arsenal midfielder Jorginho failed to convert a penalty.

The 26-year-old Juventus winger made it 3-0 just before the break to put the Italians in a commanding position at halftime.

North Macedonia fought back in the second half

However, Italy were struck by two goals from the 24-year-old Cracovia midfielder Jani Atanasov in the 52nd and 74th minutes, to set up a nail-biting climax to the match at 3-2.

Italian fans breathed a huge sigh of relief when Napoli striker Giacomo Raspadori found the back of the net after 81 minutes. The game was put to bed when the 31-year-old Roma winger Stephan El Shaarawy bagged a fifth in the 93rd minute.

Serhiy Rebrov‘s Ukraine will be waiting for Italy in their ‘home’ match in Leverkusen on Monday after beating Polish club Legia Warsaw 2-0 today in a friendly.

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Chris King

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