Italy boss: This is my biggest disappointment

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Following Italy's shock defeat to North Macedonia on Thursday night, Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini could not hide his anguish at the "biggest disappointment" of his managerial career. 

Just months after winning the 2020 UEFA European Championship, Italy have failed to reach the World Cup for a second successive time after Aleksandar Trajkovski's 92nd-minute winner secured the minnows a major upset over the Azzurri.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Italy's reaction to losing to North Macedonia

The reigning European champions landed only five shots on target in the match, while their counterparts needed just four shots to find the back of the net.  

During a post-match interview, former Manchester City head coach Mancini lamented his side's "bad luck" during their attempts to qualify for Qatar 2022.

"Just as the Euros was the most wonderful experience of my life, this was the biggest disappointment," he said, per the Daily Mail.  

"We can say nothing, that is football, sometimes incredible things happen and it happened.

"We shouldn't have been here in the first place, but we did everything we could to win and it's hard to even talk about it. 

"The victory at the Euros was absolutely deserved, we played great football.  

"Then some of the fortune we had in that tournament turned into total and complete bad luck, as some unbelievable things happened from September onwards."

"We dominated the group, all we needed was one of those moments to go well, but neither of them did. Tonight, it feels almost as if conceding a goal at the 92nd minute was fitting. 

"This is a group of fine players and I am sorry for them."

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The 57-year-old was also quizzed about whether he would stay on in his role after this setback.  

"We will see," Mancini added.

"I think everyone is too disappointed right now to talk about the future."

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