Roberto Mancini is “sure” European champions Italy will qualify for the 2022 World Cup following their 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
Top spot in Group C will be decided in the final round of games after Jorginho missed a late penalty for Euro 2020 winners Italy in Rome on Friday.
Italy fell behind to a powerful Silvan Widmer strike after 11 minutes but hit back through fellow right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s header before half-time.
The Azzurri – who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia three years ago – had a glorious chance to seize control on the road to Qatar 2022, however, Jorginho skied his 90th-minute spot-kick over the crossbar.
Automatic qualification is in the balance, though Italy have a slightly better goal difference, so they only need to match Switzerland’s final-game result to finish top of the pool and condemn Murat Yakin’s men to the play-offs in March and head coach Mancini remains confident.