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Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

How to Watch Italy vs. Macedonia

How to Watch Italy vs. Macedonia

Italy will go into the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup after finishing runners-up to Spain in UEFA Group G and it had been reported in the Italian media that the group of players were plotting against Ventura, who replaced Antonio Conte as coach after Euro 2016.

Albania take on Italy after being thrashed 3-0 in the away qualifier with Spain last weekend while Italy were held to 1-1 draw by Macedonia.

While the performance in the opening 45 minutes was enough to achieve a one-goal advantage at the break, a lacklustre second half display saw the game end with the home fans voicing their displeasure at Turin's Stadio Olimpico.

"The result is not positive, it is not what we wanted, nor what we expected", confessed the CT in his Press conference.

"I think Italy should never be jeered, as the team represents all of us", he added. "He and I talked, we didn't just go for a coffee".

"In football, when you don't do anything in attack for an entire half, it can well be that you concede. I am sure we'll see a different Italy side".

"We lacked that conviction and confidence that you always need on the pitch because that gives you the certainty in your movements".

Meanwhile, the main "Red & Black" fan group, which has been boycotting the national side's home matches since the November 2016 home qualifier with Israel over what they call "state terror against fans" will not be attending the final World Cup qualifier when a farewell ceremony will also be held in honor of legendary Albania captain Lorik Cana. If they created problems for us, it was our fault.

Italy, which was without Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi, Marco Verratti and Andrea Belotti, didn't have a shot on target after Chiellini's goal, against a side ranked outside the top 100.

"We want to reach an important milestone (of World Cup qualification)", said Buffon.

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.

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