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Italy leaves Switzerland alive and will play it in Belfast

Italy, who in Russia 2018 was left out of a World Cup event for the first time since 1958, could not go beyond the draw against Switzerland (1-1), with which they will be tied at 17 points in front of Group C in the last match, although with two more goals in favor than the Helvetians. In this way, the current European champion lengthened the agony of her tifosi and qualification for Qatar 2022 will be played next Monday (8:45 pm) in Belfast, where she will see them with North Ireland.

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Both teams came to the Olympic in Rome, where they faced each other in the past Eurocup in a match that ended 3-0 for ‘Azzurra’, with countless casualties. To the already known of Verratti those of Immobile, Chiellini, Zaniolo and Pellegrini on the transalpine side, while Murat yakin could not count on five fundamental players in his plans as Xhaka, Swiss captain, Embolo, Seferovic, Elvedi and Zuber.

Widmer’s goal

Nonetheless, Switzerland came out like a cyclone and went ahead in the 11th minute with a goal from Widmer, who took advantage of a left of Noah okafor to shoot Donnarumma. The young forward of the Salzburg, a toothache for Bonucci and Acerbi while on the pitch, he came close to making it 0-2 after individual action that narrowly missed the mark. When the Helvetians were better, with a Okafor unleashed, a double chance of Jorginho and Barella, this second repelled by Sommer with a stop ‘made in Casillas’, made Switzerland would give ground and Italy He took advantage of it to put the tables.

It was in a set piece action. Distinguished He threw a foul that he measured wrong Sommer So what Say Lorenzo nodded to the network anticipating the goal of Gladbach, in an action that had to review the VAR before the both of the side of the Napoli get on the scoreboard.

12 ‘after the restart, Mancini sat down Locatelli and Belotti, of whom he had already warned that he was not there for 90 minutes, and put Tonali and Berardi, whose entrance gave the attack of the ‘Azzurra’ more dynamism. The field leaned to the local side and the Swiss, for whom the match was eternal, held out as best they could until in 87 ‘, an innocent and unnecessary penalty of Garcia upon Berardi seemed to ruin all the work of the Yakin. But the specialist Jorginho, who already failed in the penalty shootout of the Euro final against England, he sent the ball to the sky of Rome and Switzerland will reach the last date with options to achieve the direct ticket for Qatar 2022. He was even able to give the final ‘sorpasso’ after a gift from Donnarumma that, at an empty goal, did not take advantage Zeqiri in the discount.

To be the first of the group, Switzerland will have to improve the result of the ‘Azzurra’ in Belfast, although an Italian victory would force the Helvetians to win at Bulgaria (Monday, 8:45 p.m.) by three more goals than those of Mancini.

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Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson Palmieri (Calabria, 80 ‘); Jorginho, Barella (Cristante, 69 ‘), Locatelli (Tonali, 58’); Chiesa, Insigne (Raspadori, 80 ‘) and Belotti (Berardi, 58’)

Switzerland: Sommer; Widmer, Akanji, Schär, Ricardo Rodríguez (García, 69 ‘); Zakaria, Ruben Vargas (Zeqiri, 86 ‘), Freuler; Shaqiri (Sow, 79 ‘), Steffen (Imeri, 69’) and Noah Okafor (Frei, 79 ‘)

Goals: 0-1 Widmer (11 ‘), 1-1 Di Lorenzo (36’)

Viewers: 52,000 at the Olympic in Rome

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ING). He admonished Chiesa (43 ‘), Insigne (m.47), Schär (77’), Akanji (81 ‘) and García (89’)

see match file

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