Stadio Olimpico witnessed a thrilling contest of football between the home team, Italy and Switzerland. It was one tough football competition but in the end, the points were shared by the two teams. This draw left Italy on top of the group leaderboard while Switzerland sit at second with the same number of wins and draws as Italy.
The match started well with both the teams showing good determination towards winning the game. For starters, Silvan Widmer scored a brilliant right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner to make it 1-0 in the favour of Switzerland by the 11th minute of the match. That was met with a brilliant equalising header of Giovanni Di Lorenzo in the 36th minute and the scoreline read 1-1.
Jorginho was blessed with the opportunity of a penalty but he missed that out by miles which cost Italy the match and most importantly, the win and points to keep the secure in the points table and ahead of qualification results.
Here are the player ratings for the encounter :-
Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) (6.4/10) : Not the best possible game with the gloves for the sensational talent. He had a decent game but was the least impactful performance he had given in a long time.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (7.5/10) : Giovanni Di Lorenzo planted a header from very close range to the bottom left corner of the goal to bring in the valuable equaliser. Lorenzo was assisted by Insigne with a cross following a set piece situation.
Leonardo Bonucci (7.3/10) : The captain did a great job at defending and keeping the ball away from the defence or the box. However, because of his own errors a shot was attempted at goal which gave Switzerland the lead. Apart from that, Bonucci has been excellent with his long passes and 90% passing accuracy.
Francesco Acerbi (7.1/10) : Acerbi made some valuable clearences for the side while also Intercepting the ball well to keep control of the ball. He had an overall passing accuracy of 96%.
Emerson Palmieri (7/10) : A pretty average game for Emerson Palmieri. He barely had any contributions to the defence and did a decent job passing the ball around. He just had the one off target attempt under his belt.
Nicolò Barella (6.4/10) : Nicolò had a brilliant attempt at goal but was denied with the opportunity. He had missed out on a big goal scoring chance. Otherwise, he had a pretty average game with lost posession every now and then.
Jorginho (6.6/10) : Jorginho has had an exceptional season of 2021. However, he was doing a decent job in this match. He was granted the responsibility of taking the penalty in the additional time which he missed by miles. A very unfortunate attempt indeed.
Manuel Locatelli (6.7/10) : Locatelli just managed to get himself 58 minutes of gameplay on the ground. He seemed to be pretty quick with his feet to grab a couple of ground duels wins and successful tackles but failed to impress.
Federico Chiesa (6.8/10) : Apart from being really good at passing the ball around, Chiesa had a couple of good attempts at goal which weren’t converted unfortunately. He did have a tough time winning ground duels.
Andrea Belotti (6.6/10) : A pretty average game for Andrea Belotti as he just managed to win a couple of duels he took up but couldn’t create any big goals scoring chances.
Lorenzo Insigne (7.2/10) : Insigne made a wonderful cross following a set piece situation which helped Giovanni Di Lorenzo to plant in a brilliant header to the bottom left corner to secure the valuable equaliser. Apart from that, Insigne had a 85% passing accuracy.
Davide Calabria (N/A)
Domenico Berardi (7.4/10) : Berardi had a brilliant game with him being quick on his feet and excellently passing the ball around. He also dribbled really well while winning ground duel challenges. He won a penalty for his side but wasn’t dealt with nicely.
Sandro Tonali (N/A)
Bryan Cristante (N/A)
Giacomo Raspadori (N/A)
Yann Sommer (GK) (6.9/10) : The Switzerland goalkeeper did have a better game than Donnarumma with the gloves. He made some brilliant saves, especially from inside the box. He stood infront of a penalty which was hit off target.
Silvan Widmer (7.3/10) : Silvan Widmer scored a magnificent right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner to make it 1-0 in the favour of Switzerland by the 11th minute of the match. He received a marvelous assist by Noah Okafor.
Fabian Schär (6.5/10) : Did a decent job at defending but lost possession on multiple occasions which lead to him being unable to pass on the long balls accurately. He did have an on target attempt but of no use.
Manuel Akanji (6.7/10) : Akanji made some really good clearences which boosted his confidence to win interceptions and tackles. He had a decent game in all but lost posession of the ball a fair few times.
Ricardo Rodriguez (7/10) : After doing extremely well in the game for Switzerland and winning some really good ground duels and tackle battles, he walked off the field with an unfortunate injury.
Denis Zakaria (6.9/10) : Apart from having done extremely well with intercepting the ball, Denis had an excellent pasing accuracy of 95%. He had a shy at goal but was way off target with two of shots getting blocked inside the box by the defense.
Remo Freuler (6.4/10) : Remo had a poor game. He lacked a lot of confidence which was visible with his game on the field. He barely contributed in defence and the amount of duels he challenged, he failed almost all of them.
Renato Steffen (6.5/10) : Steffen didn’t make an impactful contribution throughout the game and just kept existing. He thus found himself substituted in the 69th minute.
Xherdan Shaqiri (6.9/10) : The captain didn’t have a brilliant game either but he surely had two good attempts at goal. However, he was off target on both attempts.
Ruben Vargas (6.4/10) : A pretty underperforming display of football by Ruben Vargas. His game seemed to be quite off which resulted in him not being able to win the ground duels he challenged.
Noah Okafor (6.9/10) : Noah assisted marvelously to defender Silvan Widmer who then converted that into the opening goal for Switzerland. He himself had his two attempts at goal but was unfortunately off target on both occasions.
Djibril Sow (N/A)
Ulisses Garcia (5.8/10) : Not the best substitution game he would’ve imagined to play after him committing a penalty and giving away a free chance. Luckily, the penalty wasn’t converted.
Fabian Frei (N/A)
Andi Zeqiri (N/A)
Kastroit Imeri (N/A)