Italy at the World Cup if… the Group C standings before the match against Switzerland

Italy at the World Cup if… the Group C standings before the match against Switzerland
Italy at the World Cup if… the Group C standings before the match against Switzerland

Italy are first in Group C on equal points with Switzerland but with the advantage of goal difference. The national team has not yet reached qualification for the World Cup in Qatar 2022, to obtain it and avoid the playoff play-offs it will be essential to win the next match on the calendar with the Swiss.

Swiss e northern Ireland are the next opponents ofItaly in the last two qualifying matches ai Qatar World Cup 2022. Two dates circled in red on the calendar: between 12 (at home) and 15 November (away) National from Roberto Mancini you play the opportunity to remove the pass for the Cup avoiding the playoffs that evoke very bad memories (the playoff against Sweden with Ventura on the bench that cost participation in Russia 2018). The victory against the Lithuania allows the Swiss to join the Azzurri in the Group C standings at 14 points but for the goal difference (+11) it is Italy to keep the lead in the group. This is why the next match on the calendar (in the first leg ended with a draw without goals, 0-0) becomes decisive: in case of success, the National team would basically file the qualification speech.

The classification of group C: Italy is first in the group

The ranking of Group C grants a small advantage to Italy despite the comeback of Switzerland which has risen to 14 points by virtue of the victories against Northern Ireland (disputed for the decision of the referee who addressed the challenge for a hasty and too fiscal expulsion) and Lithuania. To the benefit of the Azzurri there is the goal difference that blocks the first place but does not yet completely protect them. Only with first place in your pocket will you be sure to qualify directly for Qatar 2022.

  • Italy – 14 points (+11 goal difference)
  • Switzerland – 14 points (+9)
  • Bulgaria – 8 points (-4)
  • Northern Ireland – 5 points (-2)
  • Lithuania – 3 points (-18)

With what results against Switzerland Italy goes to the World Cup

What do the Azzurri need to qualify? Net of the success of Switzerland against Lithuania, the national team has a simple path to follow: to win both the matches that still remain. Starting with the challenge scheduled for next November 12: in case of success with the “Crociati”, by virtue of the goal difference in favor, the National team would effectively close the qualification for the World Cup. Otherwise, with a draw or even a defeat, the combination of results from the last round (Switzerland receives Bulgaria, Italy goes to Northern Ireland) would increase the risk of finishing the group in second place and playing everything (one more time after 2017) in the playoffs.

What happens in the event of an equal finish

A level finish on the final day is an option to consider. What happens if Italy and Switzerland close the qualifying round in such a situation? To determine the first place that is valid for direct qualification are a series of criteria provided for by the FIFA regulations:

  • Best overall goal difference
  • Higher number of goals scored in the group (12 to 6 in favor of the Azzurri)
  • Points obtained in the two matches, between the round trip
  • Goal difference in the two games
  • Goals scored in the two games
  • Goals scored away
  • Fairplay coefficient calculated based on some parameters (yellow card -1, double yellow -3, direct expulsion -4, yellow plus direct red -5)
  • Ultimately, drawing lots carried out by the Fifa Organizing Committee.


Italy World Cup Group standings match Switzerland

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