Macedonia striker Goran Pandev sensed Italy were unmotivated for last night's draw.
The two nations played out a 1-1 result for their World Cup qualifier.
“I thought we defended well and made the most of a counter-attack. That's how you need to play against the big teams, otherwise you concede three or four and can't get back on track," Genoa striker Pandev told Rai Sport.
“We have young players who are growing and hope to do even better in future.
“I think Italy are a great side, they will get to Russia, have a lot of champions and you could tell they had nothing to play for, as they knew they'd be second."