Italy are absent from the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar, after being beaten at home, by 1-0, against the surprising North Macedonia. Coach Roberto Mancini took full responsibility for the ‘disaster’ but, unsurprisingly, the Italian press spared no effort with the second consecutive absence from the FIFA World Cup. European champion team.
The prestigious “Gazzetta dello Sport” shows Berardi on the grass, his head hidden, as if praying for a slight return in time, in front of the icy goal of Trajkovski. The sports newspaper evokes a “slap” and concludes, reluctantly: “We are again out of the World Cup! “.
Inside, the “Gazzetta” reflects on the “calcio” and concludes that “to say goodbye [o selecionador] Mancini would be a mistake”, because “the whole system of football [italiano] must be rebuilt”.
Sky Sport, the Italian broadcaster, prefers the word “incredible” to describe what happened Thursday night on a lawn in Palermo. On its website, Sky advances the service and offers a partnership between Fabio Cannavaro and Marcello Lippi to replace Roberto Mancini.
“Tuttosport” also highlights the current coach, granting him a “KO with Macedonia” and, singularly, affirms that Mancini was “out of the World Cup”.
Another sports newspaper, “Corriere dello Sport”, repeats the word “incredible” and uses the exclamation mark to conclude: “Italy is out of the World Cup again!” The media mention in particular a “Destroyed Jorginho” and “tears in the locker room”. And you can read: “It’s still hard to believe.”