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The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

Oleksandr ChekanovNews
Italy defeated North Macedonia

The Italian national football team defeated North Macedonia in a qualifying match for the 2024 European Championship. Coach Luciano Spalletti's team did not make a gift to the Ukrainians and beat the Balkans at the legendary Stadio Olimpico in Rome 5-2, but almost lost the victory with a score of 3-0, conceding two goals.

The home team took control of the ball from the first minutes, but did not force the action. The Italians calmly increased the pace and in the 13th minute Napoli forward Giacomo Raspadori sent the ball into the goal, but did so from the offside.

The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

However, a moment later, it was his cross after a corner that was closed by Inter defender Matteo Darmian. In the 40th minute, the Scudara Azzurra were awarded an 11-meter penalty, but midfielder Jorginho made a dandy save by jumping in front of the ball and failed to double his team's lead.

The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

Nevertheless, before the break, Italy brought the score to a crushing one - a double by Juventus winger Federico Chiesa. After that, it seemed that the outcome of the match was decided.

The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

At the very beginning of the second half, the visitors' midfielder Yani Atanasov managed to get the score on the board. After that, there was a series of substitutions, and Italy did not control the ball for longer, slowing down the pace. However, 15 minutes before the break, the same Atanasov scored another goal.

The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

The guests flew to make a comeback, but ran into an Italian attack, which Raspadori finished with a great shot at the far post. Roma forward Stefan El Shaarawy put the match to an end.

Thus, the Italian national team is level on points with the Ukrainians, but ahead of our team in personal meetings. In a face-to-face meeting on November 20, Serhii Rebrov's wards will be satisfied with only a victory to reach Euro 2024.

The gift to Ukraine was close: Italy nearly missed out on a 3-0 win against North Macedonia. Video

As reported by OBOZ.UA, the day before, the Ukrainian national team defeated the Polish team in a secret sparring match on the eve of the decisive Euro 2024 qualifying match with Italy.

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