The Azzurri and Swiss are both on 14 points: a win is needed on 12 November to avoid the play-offs
Rome – Two games to remove the direct pass for Qatar and avoid the play-off nightmare, but the first could already be decisive. With a 4-0 victory at home to Lithuania, Switzerland latches on to Italy at the top of the group C standings of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Italy and Switzerland on equal points, the whole game will be played on 12 November in Rome
In the group the games are more open than ever, 14 points each for Italy and Switzerland, but the Azzurri retain a margin of +2 on the goal difference which could prove decisive in case of arrival on equal points. The date to be circled in red on the calendar is November 12, when the head to head will be at the Olympic stadium in Rome.
With a win, the first place for Mancini’s boys would be almost safe, a draw would postpone everything to the last day, when Italy will challenge Northern Ireland (already eliminated) in Belfast, while the Swiss will host Bulgaria. at that point already out. In the event of a defeat against Switzerland, the second place and therefore the play-offs would be almost discounted for the Azzurri.
In the event of a tie and arrival on equal points with Switzerland (the first leg ended 0-0) the first criteria for establishing the ranking would be:
- overall goal difference in the group
- number of goals scored
- points in head-to-head matches
- goal difference in head to head matches
In any case, Northern Ireland’s defeat to Bulgaria guaranteed the Azzurri access to the play-offs reminiscent of the Sweden nightmare in 2017.
Germany and Denmark already qualified
Meanwhile, two national teams have already secured a place in Qatar, in addition to the home team: Germany and Denmark. The latter secured first place thanks to the victory over Austria last night (1-0, the Atalantino Maehle was decisive). The Germans had already taken the pass on Monday evening, with the 4-0 over Macedonia.
Situation still open in many groups whose matches were played last night: in group a Serbia keeps the lead with 17 points, with one game more than Portugal second with 16 points. The Serbian national team overcame Azerbaijan 3-1 with a brace from Vlahovic.
in group F it is a two-player match for first place between Sweden (leaders at 15) and Spain, second at 13.
England were unexpectedly stopped 1-1 at Wembley by Hungary, in group I. A draw that should not question the first place for the national team of the Three Lions, even if Poland has come close and are now find at -3.
In group D there is a close fight for access to the play-offs between Ukraine (9 points), Finland (8) and Bosnia at 7. Ukraine has one more game than the other two.
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