The View from Italy after the Azzurri fail to qualify for the World Cup

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The World Cup will be without Italy for the second edition in a row following what has been described back home as a “humiliating” defeat to North Macedonia in the play-offs on Thursday night.

After stubborn defending repelled Italy for large spells of the contest in Palermo, the visitors capitalised in stoppage time thanks to Aleksandar Trajkovski’s strike to seal a 1-0 victory.

Nine months on from triumphing at Euro 2020, the Azzurri are left to reflect on a shock loss that means they will miss a second successive World Cup, having also been absent at the 2018 edition in Russia.

Sky Italy’s Valentina Fass joined Sky Sports News to discuss how the Italian media have taken this loss.

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00:00 – Italy will not be in the World Cup
00:41 – Could anyone have imagined this after Euro 2020?
01:30 – How have the media reacted?
02:40 – Jorginho says missed penalties in group stage will ‘haunt him’
03:34 – Will some of the older players now retire?
04:27 – Is Mancini’s future in doubt?

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