Aleksandar Trajkovski is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the winning goal in injury-time for North Macedonia in Palermo. Photograph:  Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Italy 0 North Macedonia 1 Italy missed out on the World Cup finals again after losing 1-0 at home to North Macedonia in their playoff semi-final on T(...)

 Ferran Torres heads home his second goal for of Spain during the Uefa Nations League semi-final at the San Siro in Milan. Photograph: Marco Betorello

Italy 1 Spain 2 So this is how it feels. After three years in charge, having claimed a European Championship and set a new world record, Roberto Manc(...)

 Federico Chiesa celebrates his winning goal against Chelsea. Photograph: EPA

Juventus 1 Chelsea 0 It was a night when Thomas Tuchel came to crave something, anything, in the final third. At first it was to blow this meeting of(...)

Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini hugging  Spanish defender Jordi Alba after the coin toss prior to their penalty shootout at Wembley. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Giorgio Chiellini is having a whale of a time. That much was evident long before he arrived grinning for the coin tosses to decide who would go first (...)

 Roberto Mancini’s Italy team are into the final of Euro 2020. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Getty Images

That train just keeps on running. On a gripping night under the gloom of high-summer London skies it looked for a while as though Roberto Mancini’s It(...)

 Roberto Mancini celebrates with his team at the end of their Euro 2020 semi-final win over Spain at Wembley. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Roberto Mancini believes Italy have proved their doubters wrong by reaching the final of Euro 2020. “Almost no one believed we could do it, and yet we(...)

Italy’s manager Roberto Mancini  during the  Euros  quarter-final against Belgium in Munich on July 2nd.   Photograph: Andreas Gebert/AFP via Getty Images

The article in Gazzetta dello Sport was only laying out the facts but it read like an audible groan. “Spain again,” ran the opening line in Italy’s pi(...)

Italy players and their manager Roberto Mancini  celebrate  beating Belgium   at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/Pool

If we needed one moment to sum up Italy’s transformation over the past four years, it arrived in the 44th minute at the Allianz Arena. Lorenzo Insigne(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma  vies for the ball with Wales’ midfielder Aaron Ramsey   at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/POOL/AFP

As Italy cruised to their 11th consecutive victory under Roberto Mancini, a rare note of disapproval was heard from the stands. The whistles in the 8(...)

Wales’ Gareth Bale misses a big chance during his team’s Euro 2020 defeat to Italy at the Stadio Olimpico stadium. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/AP

Italy 1 Wales 0 Half an hour before kick-off, when the team sheets were read aloud for the first time, the loudest Roman roar was reserved for the It(...)

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