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Italy misses out on World Cup again after given North Macedonia an incredible 1-0 victory.

Four-time World Cup winners Italy were stunned in Palermo as Aleksandar Trajkovski -- who used to play club football in the Sicilian city -- fired past Gianluigi Donnarumma from range in the second minute of injury time to give North Macedonia an incredible 1-0 victory.

Reigning European champions Italy will miss a second straight World Cup after losing to a dramatic stoppage-time goal against North Macedonia on Thursday, but Portugal, Wales and Sweden all made it through to qualifying play-off deciders.

There was no time after that for Italy to recover and they will again be absent from the World Cup in Qatar after also failing to qualify for the 2018 tournament in Russia when they lost in a play-off to Sweden.

That was a traumatic experience for a nation that had previously been to every tournament since 1958, and this failure is all the more remarkable given that they were crowned European champions less than nine months ago.

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