ROME — The Italian national team coach, Roberto Mancini, confirmed his belief in bringing the Gli Azzurri to appear in the 2022 World Cup finals. The Euro 2020 champion passed a golden opportunity to immediately secure a ticket in Qatar 2022 after being held to a draw by Switzerland, 1-1, in the seventh match of Group C qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in the European Zone, Saturday (13/11) early morning WIB.
Receiving a Swiss visit at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy was surprised by Silvan Widmer’s hard kick from outside the penalty box in the 11th minute. However, Gli Azzurri were able to respond and closed the first half with a draw, 1-1.
The equalizing goal was scored by Giovanni Di Lorenzo through a header after using Lorenzo Insigne’s bait from a free kick. Di Lorenzo’s goal turned out to be the last goal in this match.
Gli Azzurri actually had a golden opportunity in the second half of injury time to close the game with a win with a penalty kick after a foul received by Domenico Berardi. Unfortunately, Jorginho failed to take advantage of the penalty kick.
Chelsea midfielder’s kick even soared over the Swiss crossbar. Gli Azzurri had to settle for one point in this match and had to postpone securing a ticket to the 2022 World Cup finals.
Despite still leading the standings in Group C, Italy has the same collection of points as Switzerland. La Nazionale only recorded an advantage on goal difference from Switzerland, with the success of scoring 11 goals in seven matches compared to nine goals that were disbursed by Switzerland in seven games.
“The players are disappointed (with the failure to immediately secure a place in the 2022 World Cup finals), that’s normal. Plus the missed penalty at the end of the match. However, I still believe, we will be able to appear in the 2022 World Cup finals,” Mancini said after the match as quoted by Football Italia, Saturday (13/11).