There is no World Cup for Italy, European champions less than a year ago. Third defeat in 44 games since missing Russia 2018 prevented him from qualifying for Qatar 2022
In the 92nd minute in Palermo, on his second shot of the whole match, with a phenomenal right foot from far from TrajkovskyNorth Macedonia expelled Italy from the road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup (0-1), in a thunderclap of the ‘Azzurra’, for the second consecutive time out of the tournament of tournaments, unlike the Gareth Bale’s display with Wales (2-1), Portugal’s victory, scared, but 3-1 winner against Turkey, and Sweden’s triumph over the Czech Republic in added time (1- 0).
Four-time world champions, the most recent in 2006, Italy did not take part in Russia in 2018 nor will it be in Qatar in 2022. Never in its history has it been excluded from two consecutive World Cups. Moreover, in its entire history, it had played only two World Cups before 2018. A fact that gives the dimension of the fiasco of the Italian team, whose offensive crashed again and again with the resistance Macedonian side, who unwittingly ‘dribbed’ into extra time, with Trajkovski’s whiplash ruining Italy and triggering Macedonia’s feat as the match invariably headed for the extra time.
The goal, beside the post, indisputable, was celebrated by the whole team on the field, aware of the historic achievement that this implies, between the gesture of disbelief of Roberto Mancini, the coach of Italy, and his entire team, with some of his players knocked out on the pitch by an unthinkable but devastating 0-1. “It’s hard to explain, there is a big disappointment, we are devastated,” admitted Giorgio Chiellini.
There is no World Cup for Italy, European champions less than a year ago. Their third defeat in 44 games since missing Russia 2018 has taken them away from a place where they should always be and where they already have a safe place. Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Croatia, England, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan and Qatarthe latter as host of the competition which will begin on November 21 this year.
North Macedonia challenge now to Portugal on Portuguese soil. In the heat of his home crowd at Do Dragao, Cristiano and his teammates beat Turkey (2-1). They only needed 41 minutes to impose the predictions, even if they then suffered to maintain their victory.
The 2-0 was then an indisputable demonstration of the Portuguese team, without Joao Félix – a substitute as splendid as his current moment at Atlético de Madrid is, then he came on in the 71st minute – and with Cristiano Ronaldo, even if his team did not need the goals of his star to bring down his opponent with a speed ultimately more apparent than anything else.
Because, even if after a quarter of an hour a shot on the post by Bernardo Silva paved the way for 1-0 in Otavio, it was not long in reaching the rejection of the post and turning it into good more, and an accurate header from Diogo Jota seemed to stifle his rival’s reaction and doom the game in the 41st minute, Turkey railed against such a gap with Burak Yilmaz’s 2-1 that kept the emotion alive and put Cristiano Ronaldo’s counter on the ropes so much that the Turkish striker had a penalty in the 85 to force extra time. He threw it into the clouds. And all of Portugal breathed a sigh of relief, even more with Matheus 3-1 in added time.
THE OTHER BALL
Endowed with an indisputable quality, when Gareth Bale plays with his national team is an undisputed leader for Welshwho resolved this Thursday his duel against Austria with a magnificent “double” from its star, heading to one of the three finals of the European qualifiers for the World Cup 2022against the winner of Scotland-Ukraine postponed due to Russian invasion and pending date.
ball He has played the same games this season for his country (five out of a possible eight) as with the real Madrid (five out of 40 possible). Barely four days after being unavailable for a match of the dimension of the ‘clasico’ between his team and Barcelonathe assailant reappeared with Welsh. With the red jersey of his country, he is another footballer, a player who makes the difference, gets involved, plays, acts as a leader and discovers all his football.
There was never any doubt about his talent, precision, skill or ability. If you add it to the unwavering commitment you have with your national team (much more dubious with your club, the Real Madrid) a massive version of ball, determined to lead his team to a World Cup 64 years later. Since 1958, Welsh does not participate in a final phase. The great goal with which he scored 1-0 expresses the contradictions of his career, today a minor player, insignificant, in his club, but a definitive footballer for Welsh football.
He leaned over to Austria. In the 25th minute, the 1-0 direct free kick represented perfection, for striking, for power, for direction, for any quality that such a shot implies. A terrific left-footed goal that no one would have hit, not even the best of goalkeepers. To the same team, and maybe to the World Cup, still waiting to win Scotland or Ukrainedepending on who wins who in their rescheduled encounter.
didn’t stay there ballwho widened the gap at the start of the second half, in a cross that did not seem to be at all, until suddenly the ’11’ tamed the ball with his right foot to immediately chain a cross from the left which surprised almost everyone, except him, so convinced when he plays with his team, and his teammates, so used to contemplating the best current repertoire of the footballer. Austria he scored the 2-1 with 25 minutes remaining. He didn’t go any further. It was not enough.
ballwhich ended in some discomfort, still needs another win to be in the World Cup 2022same as Robert Lewandowski and Poland. Direct in the final at home, by the exclusion of Russia for his invasion of Ukrainethis Thursday he met his rival: Sweden. And with the added benefit of the overtime burden he had to play to beat the Czech republic (1-0), to which the referee canceled a goal at the start of the match.
Then the duel lasted up to two hours of play. From minute 109 he won Sweden, which was chained with the objective of following the course until its final. The goal was Quaison, who combined on a wall with Alexander Isak to overwhelm the defense of the Czech republic. next tuesday awaits Poland. And the world?.