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Italy to Miss World Cup Again After Loss to North Macedonia

Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia battles for possession with Alessandro Florenzi of Italy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier knockout round play-off match in Palermo, Italy, on March 24.

Aleksandar Trajkovski of North Macedonia battles for possession with Alessandro Florenzi of Italy during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier knockout round play-off match in Palermo, Italy, on March 24.

Photographer: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

Palermo, Sicily (AP) -- European champion Italy will miss the World Cup. Again.

The unthinkable happened in Palermo on Thursday as the Azzurri were beaten 1-0 by North Macedonia following a last-gasp goal by Aleksandar Trajkovski in their playoff semifinal.