Italy are currently the European champions having won Euro 2020 last summer, but, Roberto Mancini’s men are in danger of not qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The Azzuri massively underachieved in Group C, finishing as runners-up to Switzerland, having managed 16 points from eight games, having been paired with the likes of Lithuania, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland alongside the Swiss.
If Italy beat North Macedonia in the semi-finals of Path C then they will face a stern test against either Turkey or Portugal to qualify for the World Cup.
Prior to Mancini taking over his national side, they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup having been defeated by Sweden in the play-offs, showing how unpredictable results can be in pressurised scenarios. It would be unfathomable for the four-time world champions to fail to qualify for back to back World Cups’.