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

Macedonia

  • 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

  • 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
  • 12Donnarumma
  • 13Astori
  • 14Perin
  • 16De Rossi
  • 17Éder
  • 18Parolo
  • 21Benassi
  • 22Criscito
Referee:
Danny Makkelie
Attendance:
19,195

Match Stats

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

Live Text

Match ends, Macedonia 2, Italy 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macedonia 2, Italy 3.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Milovan Petrovic (Macedonia).

Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

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

Foul by Éder (Italy).

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

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

Foul by Stefan Ristovski (Macedonia).

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.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

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

Foul by Milovan Petrovic (Macedonia).

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Éder replaces Andrea Belotti.

Substitution

Substitution, Macedonia. Dusko Trajcevski replaces Ferhan Hasani.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Martin Bogatinov.

Attempt saved. Antonio Candreva (Italy) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nicola Sansone (Italy) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marco Verratti.

Attempt blocked. Ciro Immobile (Italy) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrea Belotti.

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Italy).

Daniel Mojsov (Macedonia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Macedonia 2, Italy 2. Ciro Immobile (Italy) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antonio Candreva.

Corner, Italy. Conceded by Daniel Mojsov.

Attempt saved. Ezgjan Alioski (Macedonia) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Besart Ibraimi.

Corner, Macedonia. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

Corner, Macedonia. Conceded by Andrea Barzagli.

Attempt saved. Daniel Mojsov (Macedonia) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Besart Ibraimi with a cross.

Booking

Marco Parolo (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marco Parolo (Italy).

Ferhan Hasani (Macedonia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Besart Ibraimi (Macedonia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Milovan Petrovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Macedonia. Milovan Petrovic replaces Ilija Nestorovski.

Attempt missed. Antonio Candreva (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

goal

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
5Macedonia300347-30
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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