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Italy Jorginho misses last minute penalty

Italy Jorginho misses last minute penalty

Italy Jorginho misses last minute penalty

Italy Jorginho misses last minute penalty

Jorginho’s last-minute penalty miss ensured the race to finish first in 2022 World Cup qualifying

Group C goes down to the wire as top two Switzerland and Italy played out a gripping draw.

The Chelsea player blazed over after VAR was used to rule that Ulisses Garcia had shoved Domenico Berardi.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo headed Italy level after Silvan Widmer’s superb opener.

The Azzurri hold the edge going in to the last round of games with a goal difference two better than the Swiss.

It means a straight shoot-out between the pair for top spot on Monday,

with Italy at Northern Ireland and Switzerland at home against Bulgaria.

The prospect of a play-off spot will evoke unpleasant memories for Italy,

who missed out on the World Cup in 2018 when they were beaten

over two legs by Sweden.

In the space of a few final minutes in Rome, Switzerland were swung from feeling disappointed

at the prospect of an otherwise superb draw at the home of the European champions to ecstatic at still being firmly

in the race for automatic qualification for the finals in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Italy will have gone from joyous at being handed the opportunity to claim an iron grip on the group to floored

at spurning the chance with a tricky trip to Northern Ireland still to come.

Di Lorenzo’s header amongst a sea of bodies from a well-taken free-kick restored parity and set up a second half that was less

frantic but edged on chances by the home side, the best of which saw Yann Sommer save a deflected Lorenzo Insigne shot with his legs.

Italy remain top of Group C on goal difference with Switzerland despite being held in Rome last night.