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Jorginho was right to take the penalty - Roberto Mancini

Sat 13 November 2021 | 5:41

Roberto Mancini emphasised Jorginho was ‘right’ to take the penalty and admitted the Azzurri suffered against Switzerland on Friday.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, as Silvan Widmer opened the scoring for Swiss before Giovanni Di Lorenzo equalised in the 36th minute.

In the second half, Italy missed several good chances to take the lead until a penalty kick was awarded to the Azzurri in the stoppage time. But Jorginho missed it and the two teams ended up sharing the spoils in Rome.

We missed a penalty in the first leg and one in the return, these things happen,

” Mancini said in the post-match interview with RAI Sport.

“Jorginho felt like kicking it and it’s right that he did. He is one of the penalty takers in the team.”

Mancini admitted that

Switzerland

was a very tough opponent but felt that the players reacted well.

“In the first half we suffered and struggled,”

he said

. “Then we came out well but missed the winning goal.”

The next stop for Italy is a vital clash with Northern Ireland, and Mancini's side are currently ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

Against Northern Ireland we start with an advantage, and that’s not a small one,

” Mancini added

. “If we play well and score the goals we didn’t score today

“It was a difficult game and we were conditioned by the goal conceded, it’s a shame that we didn’t score in the second half.”

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