ROME — Sandro Tonali admits Italy lacked concentration during a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier yesterday. However, the Gli Azzurri midfielder emphasized that the ticket for the 2022 World Cup is still in the hands of Italy. The Azzurri had to come back after falling behind to Silvan Widmer’s goal. Giovanni Di Lorenzo made the Euro 2020 champion equalize.
Jorginho had a chance to lead Italy to victory when Domenico Berardi was brought down in the box. But the Chelsea midfielder failed to execute a penalty well. But Tonali did not blame Jorginho. He thinks this is common in football.
“We conceded a game-changing counter-attack. But we reacted very well and that’s what matters. We lacked concentration, but we must not give up now,” said Tonali, quoted from Football-italy, Sunday (14/11).
The draw made Italy have to live and die against Northern Ireland. Because, despite being at the top of Group C, Italy has the same points as Switzerland. Italy is only superior on goal difference. Therefore, Italy must win in the last qualifying match. If they lose or draw, then their fate will be decided by Switzerland’s result against Bulgaria.
Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci also reacted. He admitted, in the first half, his team did not play as they expected. He and his teammates were too slow to move the ball.
“Then in the second half, we played more. We made a lot of efforts to win the game. Unfortunately Sommer made some great saves. We were unlucky with a few rebounds, and we missed a penalty (to a goal),” said Bonucci.
Statistics show that both teams are equally likely to get three points. The hosts don’t really dominate. Roberto Mancini’s men won the ball more.
Italy had 11 total shots, with four of them on target. While the Swiss also made 10 shots, with two shots on target. In the 90th minute, Gli Azzurri got a golden opportunity to turn ahead.
The blue team gets a penalty prize. Unfortunately, Jorginho, who became the executioner, failed to do his job well. His kick bounced over Yann Sommer’s crossbar.
“Jorginho was our penalty taker and will continue to be. Four months ago he took us to the final (European Cup 2020) with a decisive penalty against Spain. We all make mistakes, we have to look forward,” said Bonucci.
He asked his colleagues to immediately shift their focus to the next party. Italy will visit Northern Ireland headquarters. The duel took place at Windsor Park, Belfast, Tuesday (16/11) in the morning WIB.
Later, in another match, Switzerland will host Bulgaria in Lucerne. 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.