Italy 1-1 Switzerland: Giovanni di Lorenzo cancels an early goal by Silvan Widmer, but the European champions fail to win and nervously face the final match to seal first place
- Italy drew 1-1 with Switzerland in their penultimate World Cup qualifying match
- Silvan Widmer gave Switzerland an early surprise lead at the Olympic Stadium
- Giovanni di Lorenzo drew for Roberto Mancini’s team before the break
- Italy leads the group but draws on points with Switzerland with one game to go
Italian midfielder Jorginho shot a penalty over the bar when his team drew 1-1 with Switzerland in a Group C World Cup tie at the Stadio Olimpico on Friday, leaving both teams with a chance to automatically qualify for Qatar.
With 15 points from seven games and the winners progressing to the finals, Italy leads the group on goal difference ahead of the Swiss, with Northern Ireland third with eight points. Italy will face Northern Ireland in their final qualifying match on Monday, while Switzerland host fourth-place Bulgaria.
Switzerland took an early lead when Noah Okafor, making his first start for the national team, pushed fullback Silvan Widmer to fire a piledriver into the back of the net, surprising the home crowd in the 11th minute.
Silvan Widmer put the Swiss ahead at the Olympic Stadium in the group head clash
Giovanni di Lorenzo tied for Roberto Mancini’s team later in the first half
Italy responded with a skillfully worked free kick that Giovanni Di Lorenzo headed home and could have snatched all three points in the last minute of regulation time, but Jorginho’s effort from the spot flew high over the crossbar and the game ended in a draw. .