Last chance for Italy to chase away the specter of 1958

The Italian national team will have a last one today, Monday chance to qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup and not repeat the failure of 2018 and the 1958 scenario when he faces Northern Ireland, while the task will be easier against his English counterpart against the modest San Marino team to book a ticket for the Qatar World Cup .

The 1-1 of the Italians with Switzerland in Rome will force them to win in Belfast against the still dangerous Northern Irishmen, even if they no longer have a chance to qualify.

The Azzurri lead Group C with 15 points, but with only two goals away from Switzerland, who share the same balance. But the irony is that today’s Swiss match will be easier when they receive Bulgaria, who don’t even have any hope of qualifying.

“We will go in in match with the advantage of being in advantage of two goals, which is nothing, “said Italy coach Roberto Mancini. So we will have to score against Northern Ireland, the goals we have not scored” against Switzerland

Italy will thus try not to repeat the painful memory of the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which was the first time that the Azzurri were absent from the World Cup in 60 years.

The irony is that in 1958 Italy lost the World Cup to Belfast, losing 2-1 to Northern Ireland in the decisive knockout match.

But Mancini was firm, saying: “Let’s go to the World Cup, I’m sure of it”. He said that despite the smirk following the disappointment against Switzerland and a missed penalty at the last minute they would have saved the tension and waited.

But before you think about scoring in absence of the injured top scorer Ciro Immobile, Italy should think about the victory, which has not achieved much from the European Cup, with only two wins, three draws and one defeat against Spain (1- 2) in the European Nations League, which ended October for the record of “Azzurri” without defeat (37 games).

In Group I, it is clear that England will not have much trouble securing direct qualification during their visit to San Marino, the team that is in bottom of the ranking with zero points.

The “Three Lions” had already won 5-0 against the hosts in the first qualifying round last March.

As for Poland, second in the group, three points and six goals behind the English, they will receive Hungary in fourth place.

In group F, Denmark, already qualified for the World Cup a few weeks ago, plays a marginal match in Glasgow with Scotland, which for their part guaranteed the play-offs.

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