Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw

Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw

Italy face Macedonia on Friday and in honour of Buffon, who has played for his country for 20 years and featured in five World Cups, the squad will wear the away jersey so that their goalkeeper can don the famous blue jersey for the first time in his career.

Italy is now second in Group G with 19 points, just three points back of first-place Spain.

Italy have 20 points in Group G and their hopes of reaching Russian Federation now rest on finishing as one of the best eight runners-up who progress to the playoff round from the nine European groups.

The result not only means Italy are guaranteed second place behind Spain but the result could have a disastrous impact on their ranking in the draw for November's play-offs. We have a match waiting for us in Albania (tomorrow) before the play-offs and we'll go out there to play.

However, after last night's shock draw to Macedonia, it's inconceivable to think he'll have the opportunity to see the contract through.

If Immobile and his fellow attackers can break the deadlock early Italy will be in with a good chance of claiming the heavy victory they will likely want.

"I think Italy should never be jeered, as the team represents all of us", he added.




The Azzurri, captained by Gianluigi Buffon wearing their traditional blue shirt on his 172nd global appearance, looked sharp in the early stages and should have been ahead inside eight minutes.

"We have young players who are growing and hope to do even better in future".

"Will we go to the World Cup?"

Italy have officially unveiled their 2018 home kit, which will be worn by legend Gianluigi Buffon in the country's World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.

Macedonia's positive second-half display was rewarded 13 minutes from time when Trajkovski latched onto Pandev's throughball to fire an unstoppable shot past Buffon into the bottom-left corner.

"We're really frustrated. We are sorry for the fans, we understand them and we are as upset as they are, but I am sure they will support us when we need them", said Chiellini.

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