Jorginho missed a penalty kick in the 90th minute against Switzerland, missing the chance to qualify directly for the World Cup before a round of qualifying.
“We missed a penalty in the first leg and one in the second leg, these things happen,” Mancini said after the match.
“Jorginho felt he wanted to shoot and it was right that he did. He is one of the best penalty kickers in the team,” he added.
He continued, “In the first half we struggled and struggled. Then we came out well, but we missed the winning goal.”
Jorginho missed his third kick in a row with the Italian national team and the second against Switzerland, after scoring before on 6 occasions..
Full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo, who scored the Azzurri’s only goal in the match, added: “Jorginho is a great hero and he took the penalties. We will help him overcome this moment.”
Italy tied at the top of the standings with 15 points, and with the same balance, Switzerland is second on goal difference.
The final round: Italy will host Northern Ireland, while Switzerland will host Bulgaria.
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