You might be asking: Why isn’t Italy playing in the World Cup 2022?
Surprisingly, Italy, the well-known soccer team that has won the World Cup four times, won’t be in Qatar 2022. It is the second time in a row that Italy is missing the World Cup (which is unusual considering their soccer history).
The reason is that Italy lost the UEFA playoff match against North Macedonia. The Italian team, led by coach Roberto Mancini, had to play this match because they didn’t finish first in their group during the first knockout stage. In that group, which included Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, and Lithuania, Italy ended up in second place. Italy dominated the playoff match. They had many attempts to score.
The cartoon below shows one of them. At minute 66, Italy executed a corner. Alessandro Bastoni flew above the North Macedonian defense Musliu and managed a header towards goal. Sadly, it ended up being stopped by the goalkeeper.
Despite dominating the game, Italy lost in the last moments when Aleksandar Trajkovski scored for North Macedonia. It was a surprising and disappointing result for Italian fans.