Two games in Group C take place this Friday (12), validating the European qualifying round 9 of the World Cup in Qatar. Northern Ireland beat Lithuania to take third place after Italy drew with Switzerland in a direct clash with the lead in the bracket.
While playing at the Stadio Olympics in Rome, the reigning European champions faced Switzerland with a chance to qualify for the World Cup, but Switzerland stunned and drew 1-1, and the decision was postponed to the final round. Widmer scored for Switzerland and de Lorenzo for Italy. The Italians missed even a penalty on Giorgino’s charge.
The match will be played at Windsor Park Stadium in Northern Ireland. The hosts came from behind to beat Lithuania 1-0 in the first round. The only goal of the match came in the first half. Unfortunately, Defender Benas Satkas scored against an own goal. As a result, Northern Ireland jumped to third place with eight points, while Lithuania finished last in the group with three points.
How is it?
Lithuania, Bulgaria and Northern Ireland were eliminated from the next cup. The decision is left to the final round: the leadership of Group C is shared by Italy and Switzerland. The Italian team has the upper hand in goal difference (11 to 9). With that, the definition of first place was left to the final round of the European qualifying round. If the Italians get a better result than the Italians, or if both of them win, the Swiss will take a direct place if they take the difference between those two goals. Next Monday, Italy will face Northern Ireland at home and Switzerland will face hosts Bulgaria in Lucerne.
After Round 9, Group B classification:
1 – Italy – 15 points
Second – Switzerland – 15 points
Third – Northern Ireland – 8 points
Fourth – Bulgaria – 8 points
Fifth – Lithuania – 3 points
The 10th round will be played between Northern Ireland x Italy and Switzerland x Bulgaria, both matches at the same time (Brasilia 16:45), next Monday, the 15th.
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