Amazon Quiz: Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 after suffering a shock defeat in a playoff encounter against which country?
Answer: North Macedonia
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd running of the FIFA World Cup competition. It is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022.
Euro 2020 champions Italy failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup after a 1-0 loss to North Macedonia, which was also their first loss on home ground.
Aleksandar Trajkovski scored the only goal of the game in extra time.
37-year-old Italian Captain Giorgio Chiellini after the game said:
“I am proud of a team that has given everything, it is clear that we are destroyed and crushed, a great void will remain within us… There is a great disappointment, even today we played a good game but we couldn’t score. From September to today we have made mistakes and we have paid for them.”
Italy midfielder Marco Verratti said North Macedonia’s goal in added time was a “real nightmare.”
“This group had a great chance at the World Cup, we came from the unbeaten record, so it is difficult to accept what happened tonight,” Verratti said. “We all know that we have given everything, now surely it is time to ask ourselves some questions.”