The 2020 European champions won’t be in Qatar this winter.
Italy shockingly failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after losing to North Macedonia 1-0 in a European playoff semifinal Thursday.
Aleksandar Trajkovski’s injury-time goal stunned the Italians and left them out of their second straight World Cup.
North Macedonia will face Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal with a berth in the World Cup up for grabs.
It’s hard to imagine that the Italian men’s national team—which has won four World Cup titles (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) and two European crowns (1968, 2020)—will miss the World Cup for a second straight time.