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FIFA WC: Swiss fan troll Italy with banner

Swiss fan trolls Italy with banner after World Cup qualification failure

March 26, 2022 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
They held up a Google-themed banner with a message mocking the Azzurri for their failure to make it to the World Cup play-off final.

A Switzerland fan brutally trolled the Italian men's national team with a Google-themed banner during Saturday night's friendly encounter with England. The message highlighted the Azzurri's failure to qualify for Qatar 2022, adding more insult to the injury of the disheartened European champions.

Having shared the same group with the Italians, Switzerland defied the bookies' prediction to emerge as winner of the Group C of the European qualifiers. Murat Yakin's men finished the campaign with 18 points from eight outings, drawing back-to-back with the 2006 World Cup winners to and winning all but one of the remaining six games.

In the end, the Azzurri were forced to use an alternative route to secure a ticket to the World Cup later this year and were paired with North Macedonia for their play-offs semi-final. However they were denied the opportunity to potential get close to the mundial for the second successive time, suffering a shock 1-0 defeat at home to the underdogs.

In Saturday's international friendly clash with England which eventually ended in a 2-1 win for the Three Lions, a fan of the Switzerland national team was pictured holding a banner that read: "Italy in the Qatar 2022 World Cup", with a response from a Google search engine: "Do you mean Switzerland?"


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