Home disappointment for Italy
Italy secured a play-off spot but was jeered by the home fans after drawing with Macedonia. Defender Giorgio Chiellini gave Italy the lead shortly before halftime, but substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski levelled with 13 minutes remaining. Italy didn't have a shot on target after Chiellini's goal against a side outside of the top 100 in FIFA's rankings.
Italy reached 20 points from its nine qualifying matches, seven points in front of third-place Albania. Meanwhile, defender Eytan Tibi scored his first international goal as Israel gave last-place Liechtenstein its ninth straight loss. Liechtenstein has been outscored 35 to one in its nine qualifying matches. It was the fourth win for Israel.