Mancini after Italy Switzerland: ‘Just that Jorginho took the penalty, I remain confident’

Mancini after Italy Switzerland: ‘Just that Jorginho took the penalty, I remain confident’
Mancini after Italy Switzerland: ‘Just that Jorginho took the penalty, I remain confident’

L’Italy draws against Switzerland (1-1) in the direct match of Group C and returns to Coverciano with a bitter taste. This is the warm comment of the coach Roberto Mancini at the end of the match: “The first half we have suffered and struggled, the goal conditioned us. In the second half instead we did well, we played without suffering anything. We only missed the 2-1 goal. The draw was not the desired result. Italy stay first in the group thanks to the goal difference, but on the last day the simplest match will be for the Swiss, who will play against Bulgaria at home, while the Azzurri will play the away match in Belfast against Northern Ireland: “We will play it in the last match: I’m confident“, Mancini said.” Bulgaria could also win against Switzerland, despite not being favorites: that’s how football is, let’s see. We start from an advantage that is not insignificant: if we score all the goals we didn’t score tonight maybe … “Exactly like in the first leg match, Jorginho missed a penalty kick: “Yes, we missed one on the way out and one on the way back. If we had done it in the first leg we would have already closed the case, but these things happen. Jorginho is one of the penalty takers: if he felt it was right that he kicked. “Finally, Mancini wanted to make a dedication to Giampiero Galeazzi, disappeared today: “A great disappointment. He was a great journalist, a great person and a great friend“.

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With Italy and Switzerland a equal points (15), the last day will be decisive to understand who will win the first place valid for direct access to Qatar 2022 and who will pass from the playoffs. Currently, the Azzurri have the advantage in goal difference (+11 against the + 9 of Switzerland), the first fundamental criterion for the assignment of first place in the event of a tie in points at the end of the last match. In the event that Italy beats Northern Ireland and Switzerland wins against Bulgaria, it will be decisive goal difference to decide who gets first and who gets second place in the group. In the event that Italy and Switzerland conclude the tournament with the same points and the same goal difference, it would be Switzerland to finish first, as he scored an away goal in the direct match against Italy which he had not scored in Basel (0-0).

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