Italy achieved a valuable 5-2 victory at home against North Macedonia in Rome, on the penultimate day of the Group C of the Euro 2024so they will only need one point on the last day.
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Matteo Darmian (17) and Federico Chiesa (41, 45+2) they distanced the Italians in the first half. In the second the Normacedonians shortened through a doublet of Jani Atasanov (52, 74), but Giacomo Raspadori (82) and Stephan The Shaarawy (90+2) gave the 'tifosi' peace of mind.
With 13 points, the Azzurracurrent European champion, she places second in her groupwith the same points as Ukraine (3rd, 13), which will be his rival on Monday in a 'final' in Leverkusen (Germany). England (1st, 19 points) is classified as the leader of the group.
Winning or drawing against the Ukrainians will qualify the Italianswhile a defeat would lead to a new play-off.
And the Repechages do not exactly bring back good memories recently to Italywhich remained that way without being able to qualify for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
In that last case, North Macedonia had been Italy's executionerwith a surprising victory in Palermo in the semifinals of the European playoffs, leaving the Nazionale out of the 32 qualifiers for Qatar 2022.
The Normacedonians had also choked the Italians last September in the first round of this group, with a tie 1-1 in Skopjejust in the match in which Luciano Spalletti made his debut as the new coach, replacing Roberto Mancinithat had resigned by surprise in August to move on to lead Saudi Arabia.
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