ROME — The Swiss national team again prevented Italy from winning in the continuation of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers in Group C, the European zone. The two teams met at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Saturday (13/11) early morning WIB.
From the start, the hosts were seeded as winners. However, the visitors gave fierce resistance. As a result, until the duel ended, the scoreboard showed the numbers 1-1. At the first meeting in Switzerland, the match also ended in a draw, the final score was 0-0.
“(Receiving) a point here in Rome makes us satisfied,” said Switzerland coach Murat Yakin, quoted from UEFA’s official website.
He saw his team show real discipline throughout the 90 minutes. The Rossocrociati fleet kept the defensive line low. At the same time, the Gli Azzurri were not left to much creativity.
Murat judges his troops gave everything. A right mentality when dealing with a giant team. The visitors even took the lead in the 11th minute through Silvan Widmer’s goal. Then in the 36th minute, Giovanni Di Lorenzo equalized.
Both teams have collected 15 points from seven matches. Gli Azzurri are still on the throne due to the difference over the Rossocrociati. That is, the last party will determine their journey to Qatar.
Xherdan Xhaqiri and his colleagues will host Bulgaria at Swissporarena, Lucerne, Tuesday (16/11) early morning WIB. At the same time, Italy visited the Northern Ireland headquarters.
“We have to score a lot of goals against Bulgaria,” said Murat.
He predicts, Gli Azzurri will face great resistance in Belfast. But he refuses to over-analyze. The architect chose to focus on their own game.
Switzerland has two targets to achieve in the final match of Group C. First, they must win over Bulgaria. Next, Yann Somer et al must have more goal difference than Italy. That is with a note if Gli Azzurri also won three points at Windsor Park.
The team that finishes in first place will automatically qualify for Qatar next year. For those who end up as runners up, will pass the play-off session .