A tearful Jorginho reacts as Italy fails to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
A tearful Jorginho reacts as Italy fails to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

A tearful Jorginho reacts as Italy fails to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Jorginho claims he will be “haunted for life” by that penalty miss against Switzerland, which eventually led to his country’s loss in the World Cup play-offs to North Macedonia.

On Thursday night, the Azzurri were shocked by their opponents as Alexander Trajkovski scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory for North Macedonia.

It was possibly their most significant victory in the team’s history, and they are now just one game away from their first-ever World Cup.

“It hurts when I think about it because I do still think about it and it will haunt me for the rest of my life,” he told RAI Sport, via Football Italia.

“Stepping up there twice and not being able to help your team and your country is something that I will carry with me forever, and it weighs on me.

“People say we need to lift our heads and carry on, but it’s tough.”

Meanwhile, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini acknowledges Italy is destroyed as a result of their shock defeat, which leaves a ‘large void’ in the country.

“We weren’t arrogant,” remarked the veteran defender.

“From September till now, we made mistakes and paid the price.

“I am proud of this team, even if we are sad and devastated. We’ll have to start over.

“A great void has appeared within us, and we hope that it will provide us with the strength to move on in the future.” I hope it will remain with this coach, who has contributed so much to the Nazionale.”

Italy Manager’s reaction after the game

We’ll have to wait and see.”Right now, I’m too disappointed to talk about my future; we’ll see,” Mancini said after the game to Rai Sport.

“I’m sure this team has a great future. I’m supporting these players now more than ever.”

He added: ‘” Just as the Euros was the most wonderful experience of my life, this was the biggest disappointment.

“We can say nothing, it is football, sometimes incredible things happen and it happened.”