Thursday, May 23, 2024

The last chance for Italy to exorcise the ghost of 1958


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The Italian national team will have one last chance to qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup on Monday, and will not repeat the defeats of 2018 and 1958 when it faces Northern Ireland, while the task will be easier against the modest Chanu against its English team. Marino team to book tickets for Qatar World Cup.

As the Italians draw 1-1 with Switzerland in Rome, they will be forced to win at Belfast against a more dangerous Northern Ireland, even if they have no chance of qualifying.

Azzurri are leading Group C with 15 points, but are two goals behind Switzerland, who share the same balance.

But the irony is that the rivalry between the two Swiss teams will be easier when they get Bulgaria who do not have the confidence to qualify.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini said, “Nothing. We will go into the game in favor of a two-goal lead. Therefore, we must score the goals we did not score against Switzerland against Northern Ireland.”

So Italy is trying not to repeat the painful memory of Russia failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the first time in 60 years that the Assyrians have missed the World Cup.

The joke is that in 1958, when Italy lost 2-1 in a decisive knockout match against Northern Ireland, they lost the World Cup to Belfast.

But Mancini was adamant about this: “We’re going to the World Cup, and I’m sure of that.”

He said the laughter, despite the disappointment against Switzerland, would have saved the tension and waiting for a last-minute penalty.

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Mancini also expressed hope that the Bulgarian team would provide an “exceptional match” against Switzerland, as happened in Italy when they snatched a point (1-1) from the European champions last September.

But Swiss coach Murad Yakin did not expect anything from Northern Ireland, who imposed a negative draw on Switzerland last September.

“We will do everything we can, and we hope Northern Ireland will do the same,” Yagin said.

But before thinking about scoring in the absence of the injured top scorer Zero Immobile, Italy must think of two wins against Spain, three draws and a not-so-successful win from the European Cup (1–2) in the European Nations League, with a “triumphant” undefeated record in October. Put (37 matches).

In Group I, it is clear that England will not have much trouble getting their direct qualification when they visit San Marino, the team below the table with zero points.

Earlier in March, the “Three Lions” won the first round of the qualifying round 5-0.

As for Poland, who are second in the group with three points and six goals behind English, they will get Hungary in fourth place.
In Group F, Denmark, who qualified for the World Cup a few weeks ago, play a small match against Scotland in Glasgow, which for their part guaranteed play-off matches.


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