(EFE) .- The decisive performance of goalkeeper Yann Sommer supported Switzerland against Italy, which left Basel frustrated (0-0) due to the lack of success against the Borussia Monchengladbach goal, who even stopped a penalty from Jorginho.
The European champion could not get off the hook from the race to Qatar in Switzerland. Both are bidding side by side for first place in Group C. It is Italy that is at the top, with eleven points, four more than Switzerland. But Roberto Mancini’s team has played two more games than the Swiss.
Italy did everything they could to come out of their visit to St. Jakobs Park with flying colors and strengthened, and made Sommer the protagonist, who stopped everything that reached his goal.
The Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper unhinged Ciro Immobile, who had a first chance before the quarter hour, and Lorenzo Insigne, who enjoyed another afterwards.
Domenico Berardi could not complete a great individual action that ended with a shot that was stopped again by Sommer.
The Swiss threat was minor. It came with a dropper. A clear chance of scoring was that of Manuel Akanji, with a header, who brushed against a post.
But the key moment of the clash was at the beginning of the second half, when Ricardo Rodríguez wanted to amend a rude ruling and stop Belardi inside the area. It locked him.
Jorginho shot the penalty and Sommer stopped it to the despair of the Azzurro team.
Italy kept up the pace and intensity. And he continued his harassment of Switzerland. Insigne, in the final quarter hour, was also able to score, but the local goal again frustrated the attempt.
— Data sheet:
0 – Switzerland: Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Nico Elvedi, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez (Ulises Garcia, m.63); Michel Aebischer, Fabian Frei, Djibril Sow (Denis Zakaria, m.63); Renato Steffen (Christian Fassnacht, m.71), Steven Zuber (Ruben Vargas, m.63) and Haris Seferovic (Andi Zeqiri, m.85).
Coach: Murat Yakin
0 – Italy: Gianluigi Donnaruma; Giovani Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Emerson; Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Manuel Locatelli (Marco Verratti, m.77); Domenico Berardi (Federico Chiesa, m.59), Lorenzo Insigne and Ciro Immobile (Nicolo Zaniolo, m.58)
Coach: Roberto Mancini.
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP). He showed a yellow card to Djibril Sow, Nico Elvedi, Michel Aebischer and Fabian Frei, from Switzerland, and Giorgio Chiellini, from Italy.
Incidents: match of the fifth day of Group C of the European qualifying phase of the Qatar 2022 World Championship, played at the St.Jakob Park stadium in Basel.