World Cup Qualifying - European - Group G
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Ciro Immobile's injury-time winner rescues Italy in Macedonia

Ciro Immobile
Ciro Immobile's winner ensures only goal difference separates Italy and Spain at the top of Group G

Italy needed a 91st-minute winner from Ciro Immobile to snatch victory over Macedonia in World Cup qualifying.

The Lazio striker headed home his second goal of the game in injury time having earlier equalised against the team ranked 146th in the world.

Ilija Nestorovski and Ferhan Hasani had given Macedonia a 2-1 lead following Andrea Belotti's opener for Italy.

Italy are joint top of their group on seven points with Spain, who were 2-0 winners over Albania.

In another Group G match, Israel beat Liechtenstein 2-1, with Brighton striker Tomer Hemed scoring both goals for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice, and Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic netted the winner, as Serbia beat Austria 3-2.

Serbia lead Group D ahead of the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

Croatia top Group I after Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic gave them a 1-0 win in Finland.

Iceland are second following a 2-0 victory over Turkey while, in the same group, Ukraine beat Kosovo 3-0.

Line-ups

North Macedonia

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Bogatinov
  • 13Ristovski
  • 5Mojsov
  • 6Sikov
  • 4Ristevski
  • 3ZhutaSubstituted forIbraimiat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 11HasaniSubstituted forTrajcevskiat 84'minutes
  • 20SpirovskiBooked at 53mins
  • 8AlioskiBooked at 40mins
  • 10Pandev
  • 9NestorovskiSubstituted forPetrovicat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Trickovski
  • 12Zahov
  • 14Ibraimi
  • 15Trajcevski
  • 16Gjorgjev
  • 17Stjepanovic
  • 18Jahovic
  • 19Petrovic
  • 22Siskovski

Italy

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3Romagnoli
  • 6Candreva
  • 20BernardeschiSubstituted forSansoneat 64'minutes
  • 10Verratti
  • 7BonaventuraSubstituted forParoloat 64'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 2De Sciglio
  • 23BelottiSubstituted forÉderat 84'minutes
  • 11Immobile

Substitutes

  • 4Darmian
  • 5Ogbonna
  • 8Florenzi
  • 9Sansone
  • 12G Donnarumma
  • 13Astori
  • 14Perin
  • 16De Rossi
  • 17Éder
  • 18Parolo
  • 21Benassi
  • 22Criscito
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
19,195

Match Stats

Home TeamNorth MacedoniaAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home13
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macedonia 2, Italy 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Macedonia 2, Italy 3.

  3. Booking

    Milovan Petrovic (Macedonia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Éder (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Milovan Petrovic (Macedonia).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

  7. Post update

    Goran Pandev (Macedonia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Éder (Italy).

  9. Post update

    Vance Sikov (Macedonia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Nicola Sansone (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Ristovski (Macedonia).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Macedonia 2, Italy 3. Ciro Immobile (Italy) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Antonio Candreva with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Martin Bogatinov (Macedonia) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Marco Verratti tries a through ball, but Marco Parolo is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Marco Verratti (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Milovan Petrovic (Macedonia).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nicola Sansone (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Marco Parolo.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marco Parolo (Italy) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Antonio Candreva with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Éder replaces Andrea Belotti.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands21105234
2France21104134
3Sweden21102114
4Bulgaria210157-23
5Belarus201114-31
6Luxembourg200235-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland22005236
2Faroe Islands21102024
3Portugal21016243
4Latvia210112-13
5Hungary201123-11
6Andorra200207-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22006066
2Azerbaijan22002026
3Northern Ireland21104044
4Czech Rep201103-31
5Norway200204-40
6San Marino200205-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia32108447
2R. of Ireland32106337
3Wales31207345
4Austria31116604
5Georgia301224-21
6Moldova3003110-90

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montenegro21106154
2Romania21106154
3Poland21105414
4Denmark21013303
5Kazakhstan201127-51
6Armenia200206-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003036
2Scotland21106244
3Slovenia21103214
4Lithuania20203302
5Slovakia200202-20
6Malta200217-60

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain3210111107
2Italy32107437
3Albania32014316
4Israel32015506
5North Macedonia300347-30
6Liechtenstein3003112-110

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22007076
2Greece22006156
3Bos-Herze21015413
4Estonia210145-13
5Cyprus200205-50
6Gibraltar200218-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32108177
2Iceland32106337
3Ukraine31206335
4Turkey302135-22
5Finland301235-21
6Kosovo3012110-91
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