Italy fails to qualify directly for the World Cup after the draw with Northern Ireland

Belfast: Italy failed to book a direct qualifier for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, four months after his victory in the 2020 European Championship after a goalless draw with Northern Ireland on Monday. The Italian national team entered their last match in qualifying Group C knowing they need to win enough goals to maintain their lead over Switzerland and secure a spot. in the final in Qatar. With Switzerland’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria in Lucerne, Italy took a three-goal win, but failed to break through the stubborn Irish side and secured a place in the playoffs in March. World Cup qualifiers do not bring fond memories of the Italian national team, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after losing to Sweden in the total result of two games in home and in away from home. Only three of the 12 playoff teams qualify for the World Cup finals. “We can’t do anything about it in right now, we have this match in March and we will try to do our best, “Italy coach Roberto Mancini told Rai Sport.” Right now we have difficulty in scoring, despite our control of the ball. North has placed all its players in defense and we have difficulty penetrating in teams like this one. “It was clear from the start that the task would not be easy against injured Italy, who started the match without a clear forward in absence of Ciro Immobile. Northern Ireland had not conceded a goal in home in the previous four qualifying matches and was ready to disappoint Italy, despite disappointed hopes of qualifying for the World Cup. The visiting team did not create many chances in the first half, and the most dangerous occasion was a Giovanni Di Lorenzo shot from a difficult corner, which was well saved by goalkeeper Billy Peacock-Farrell. After half-time, Northern Ireland’s George Savile squandered a dangerous opportunity before Federico Chiesa hit a shot that went wide on the other side. Mancini offered many options offensive while trying to improve the skills of his team in forward, but the home team never seemed in difficulty. Italy are heading into the playoffs in March, even though they finished qualifying undefeated, but four draws after her crowning in the 2020 European Championship were the reason for her downfall. (Reuters)

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