In a spectacular display of football prowess, the Italian national team secured a resounding victory against North Macedonia, triumphing 5-2 on Friday at the Olympic Stadium as part of the Euro 2024 qualifying rounds.
🌟 Azzurri Brilliance: Goals Galore
The goals for the Azzurri came from a variety of players. Matteo Darmian netted one in the 17th minute, followed by Federico Chiesa’s impressive double in the 41st and 45+3 minutes. Giacomo Raspadori added to the tally in the 81st minute, and Stephan El Shaarawy sealed the victory with a goal in the 90+3 minute. In response, North Macedonia’s Yani Atanasov scored twice in the 52nd and 74th minutes.
🔝 Italy’s Rise in Group Three Standings
This emphatic victory propelled the Italian national team to the second position in Group Three, amassing 13 points. They now share this spot with Ukraine, setting the stage for a decisive final match between the two teams as they vie for qualification. On the other hand, North Macedonia remains in fourth place with a total of 7 points.
🎯 Controversy and Video Review
In the 12th minute of today’s match, Raspadori seemed to score a goal after a pass from Jorginho. However, the referee, after consulting VAR, disallowed the goal on the grounds of offside.
In the 17th minute, Italy successfully took the lead as defender Matteo Darmian capitalized on a precise corner kick from Raspadori, heading the ball into the net.
A penalty was awarded to Italy in the 38th minute, following a corner met by Jorginho’s header, which struck the hand of a North Macedonian defender, Serafimov. However, Georginio’s penalty kick was saved by goalkeeper Dimitrevski.
Within seconds, Chiesa managed to score Italy’s second goal in the 42nd minute with a direct and powerful shot into the net. The first half concluded with Chiesa adding another goal in injury time (45+3) after a fantastic solo effort.
🔄 North Macedonia’s Fight Back
In the 52nd minute, North Macedonia reduced the deficit with Atanasov scoring their first goal, capitalizing on a cross with a header into the Italian net. Atanasov struck again in the 74th minute, taking advantage of a deflection off Italy’s defender Acerbi, altering the ball’s direction past Donnarumma into the net.
Raspadori extinguished North Macedonia’s hopes of a comeback by scoring Italy’s fourth goal in the 81st minute with a low-lying shot.
El Shaarawy concluded the Italian celebration with the fifth goal in the 90+3 minute, capitalizing on a decisive pass from Di Marco.
🔢 Group Standings and Euro 2024 Prospects
Italy’s rise to the second position in Group Three intensifies the competition for Euro 2024 qualification. With 13 points, they are tied with Ukraine, making their upcoming clash crucial for determining the group’s qualifiers. North Macedonia, despite a valiant effort, remains in fourth place, facing an uphill battle in their remaining matches.
🌐✨ Conclusion: Italy’s Pursuit of Euro 2024 Continues
Italy’s dominant performance against North Macedonia underscores their determination to secure a spot in Euro 2024. As the competition unfolds, the Azzurri aim to carry this momentum into their final clash against Ukraine, with the hopes of emerging as group leaders and cementing their place in the prestigious tournament.
🚀Italy Euro 2024 Qualification 🚀
In summary, Italy’s impressive victory over North Macedonia propels them higher in Group Three standings, bringing them closer to Euro 2024 qualification. The intense competition and decisive matches ahead add an extra layer of excitement to the team’s journey in pursuit of European glory.