Gianluigi Donnarumma has spoken out about Italy’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat to North Macedonia in the World Cup qualification play-offs.
The PSG goalkeeper was criticized by many Azzurri fans for his slow reaction to Aleksandar Trajkovski’s 92nd-minute shot, which destroyed Italy’s qualification hopes. The Macedonian’s shot went into the far corner from outside the box and many believe that Donnarumma should have saved it.
The 23-year-old has since spoken out on his Instagram page and commented on his side’s defeat:
“We wanted to participate in the World Cup, to experience the extraordinary emotions that these competitions can give, to give smiles to the Italians who accompanied us a few months ago to the conquest of the European Championship.
“Unfortunately it will not be like that, we are very disappointed and we know how much all Italians are, just like us,” he added.
“But we also know that in football, as in life, you have to look ahead and get back in the game. Our task is to bring the national team back to where it deserves to be and to build, step by step, a winning future. Forza Azzurri.”