An appointment not to be mistaken for the Italy of Roberto Mancini. This evening every 20.45 the Azzurri sare called to a fundamental match for the continuation of the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, after the splendid victory of the European Championships and the return to the field in Florence with the disappointing 1-1 against Bulgaria: at the St. Jakob Park in Basel there is the fearsome Switzerland’s new coach Murat Yakin, who has just taken over from Vladimir Petkovic in office since 2014, certainly the most difficult opponent of the group, able to eliminate France at Euro 2020 and second in the standings in the Group C, at 6 points, minus 4 from leading Italy after three wins and one draw, but with two fewer games. Crucial commitment for Mancini and his team, who must leave Switzerland without defeat, so as not to overly complicate the path to the World Cup, putting first place at risk and running into the play-off nightmare, which cost dearly five years ago against Sweden. The last time the two national teams faced each other was just over two months ago, in the group stage of the European Championship: Italy won 3-0 without problems with a brace from Locatelli and a goal from Immobile, both owners tonight with the absence of Verratti. But in the Swiss home, with the World Cup to be won, it will be another story, also because Italy has never won in Switzerland in official races. Among the Swiss, however, out for various problems, including injuries and Covid, Shaqiri, Xhaka, Embolo, Gavranovic and Mbabu.
STATISTICS AND BACKGROUND – In 59 previous games the balance sheet is 29 Italian successes, eight rossocrociati triumphs and 22 draws. If we consider only the races valid for the world qualifiers in the four matches played, we can count a victory for Italy (20 October 1973 at the Olympic stadium in Rome 2-0), two draws and a Swiss success (1-0 May 1993 at the Wankdorfstadion of Bern). In general, in direct confrontations the Azzurri they scored 108 goals in total and suffered 67.
Svizzera (4-3-2-1): summer; Widmer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Aebischer, F. Frei, Sow; Steffen, Zuber; Seferovic.
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson; Stretcher ,, Jorginho, Locatelli; Berardi, Immobile, Insigne
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