Northern Ireland stalemate forces Italy into World Cup qualification play-offs

Northern Ireland v Italy – FIFA World Cup 2022 – European Qualifying – Group C – Windsor Park
(Image credit: Liam McBurney)

Italy failed to secure automatic World Cup qualification on Monday night as they were held to a goalless draw by a spirited Northern Ireland side and were forced into the play-offs.

Conor Washington even had a chance to snatch a famous victory in the closing stages as Northern Ireland frustrated Italy at Windsor Park.

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