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Sunday October 9 2016
Buffon: 'More than Italy deserve'

Gigi Buffon said Italy “always give our heart and soul, perhaps getting better results than we deserve” after a 3-2 thriller in Macedonia.

The Azzurri were 1-0 up in Skopje through Andrea Belotti’s first senior goal, then conceded twice in two minutes to turn it around before Ciro Immobile’s late brace.

“It was a very strange game,” the goalkeeper and captain told Rai Sport.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Bernardeschi: 'Italy good at times'

Federico Bernardeschi insists Italy “managed at times to play our football” in the 3-2 World Cup qualifying victory in Macedonia.

The Fiorentina winger was playing in a more unusual centre-right midfield role in the 3-5-2 system.

“We reacted as a great team, showed real character and realise we must improve the mistakes,” he told Rai Sport.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Parolo: 'Azzurri lost our heads'

Marco Parolo said Italy must “take lessons” from their hard-fought 3-2 win away to Macedonia. “We lost our heads for 10-15 minutes.”

The Azzurri were leading in Skopje, then went from 1-0 up to 2-1 down in the space of 120 seconds. Eventually, a Ciro Immobile brace grabbed the victory in stoppages.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Belotti: 'Great Italy courage'

Andrea Belotti scored his first senior Italy goal and admired the “courage” of the comeback to beat Macedonia 3-2.

The Torino striker had opened the scoring in Skopje, while Ciro Immobile’s late brace secured victory in this World Cup qualifier.

“Considering how the game was going, we suffered to the last minute,” Belotti told Rai Sport.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Verratti: 'I take responsibility'

Marco Verratti accepted the responsibility for Italy going 2-1 down in Macedonia, even if they eventually won 3-2. “It’s my fault.”

The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder misplaced a pass, gifting Ilija Nestorovski an equaliser, and 120 seconds later the hosts went 2-1 up.

Ciro Immobile’s brace late on secured a World Cup qualifying victory for the Azzurri.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Immobile: 'Italy too naive'

Ciro Immobile admits Italy “cannot be this naïve again” after fighting back to win 3-2 in Macedonia with his late brace.

The Azzurri had been 1-0 up at half-time through Andrea Belotti’s first senior goal, then the hosts netted twice in two minutes on midfield misplaced passes.

Immobile then managed two goals to complete the comeback and win at the 92nd minute.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Ventura: 'Errors down to experience'

Giampiero Ventura put Italy’s errors down to “inexperience” in Macedonia, but was impressed by the character to come back and win 3-2.

The Azzurri had been 1-0 up at half-time through Andrea Belotti’s first senior goal, then the hosts netted twice in two minutes on midfield misplaced passes.

Ciro Immobile then managed a brace to complete the comeback and win at the 92nd minute.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Italy: Immobile conquers Macedonia

Ciro Immobile’s last-gasp brace completed a stunning comeback and Andrea Belotti was on target in Italy’s 3-2 thriller in Macedonia.

See how it all unfolded on the LIVEBLOG.

Spain won 2-0 in Albania and are therefore joint top of the group with Italy on seven points after three games.

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Sunday October 9 2016
Ventura: 'Believe Belotti and Immobile'

Italy Coach Giampiero Ventura urged Graziano Pellè to “reflect” on his behaviour, discussing Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti.

The Azzurri visit Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier this evening, follow the action on our LIVEBLOG.

There are massive changes to the line-up after a 1-1 draw with Spain, including the removal of Pellè after his tantrum following a substitution.

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Sunday October 9 2016
LIVEBLOG: Macedonia v Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action from tonight’s World Cup qualifier between Italy and Macedonia.

It kicks off in Skopje at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then join the Liveblog HERE.

The Azzurri absolutely need a victory against one of the group whipping boys after a 1-1 draw with Spain.

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