The “catastrophe” of Italy: how the Azzurri were eliminated from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

  • Daniele Verry
  • Italian journalist, special for BBC News

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Italy’s three main sports newspapers agree in their assessment of the country’s shock elimination from the next World Cup by North Macedonia: ‘Disaster’.

That’s the word that the Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport shouted on their front pages on Thursday after the game, won 0-1 by the visiting team with a goal in the 92nd minute.

And on newsstands across the country, the situation hadn’t changed much by Friday morning, with the respective headlines reading ‘Out of the world’, ‘To hell’ and ‘Nooooooooo’.

It is truly a sporting disaster for Italy, which misses two consecutive World Cups for the first timeas he also failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

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