A goalless tie settled the first half of the match between Italy and North Macedonia, which they are currently meeting at the Renzo Barbera stadium in the semi-finals of the European play-off that qualifies for the 2022 World Cup.
Ciro Immobile leads the Italian national team’s attack in tonight’s match alongside Berardi and Insigne.
The winner of the match between Italy and North Macedonia will face the qualifiers of the meeting between Portugal and Turkey in the final of the European play-off qualifier for the World Cup.
The Italian national team started the match with the following formation:
- Goalkeeper: Donnarumma.
- Defenders: Florenzi, Mancini, Bastoni, Emerson.
- Midfield: Barilla, Jorginho, Verratti.
- Forwards: Immobile, Berardi, Insigne.
The Italy coach fears North Macedonia’s surprises, especially as the latter managed to beat Germany 2-1 in the match that brought them together in the third round of European qualifiers for the World Cup finals.
The Azzurri team failed to qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup, after occupying the third group rank behind the Swiss team.
During the European qualifiers, Italy collected 16 points from winning 4 matches, drawing 4 matches, and, not receiving any defeats.
While the North Macedonia team qualified for the European qualifiers for the World Cup finals, after it ranked second with 18 points, with 5 victories, 3 draws, and 2 losses in the tenth group standings.