Another day, another successful Jorginho penalty, as Italy made quick work of Armenia in their last Euro 2020 qualifying match, winning 9-1. Jorginho also picked up an assist — I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON — but let’s talk about his ridiculous penalty scoring record instead.
It’s his third (out of three) for Italy in his last four games. His seventh (out of seven) for both club and country since September. And he scored in the UEFA Super Cup shootout as well. The man’s absolute machine.
For his career, as per Transfermarkt, he’s an absolutely astounding 18-for-19. That’s including both club and international games, but not including penalty kick shootouts. The only one he’s missed so far was against Udinese’s Simone Scuffet, two years ago, but he scored the rebound anyway. Here’s video proof of this black swan event.
Jorginho did miss at least once in a penalty kick shootout as well; unfortunately it was in the League Cup final against Manchester City, which Chelsea would go on to lose. That game’s more remembered for Kepa’s “mutiny” anyway.
Speaking of Kepa, Chelsea’s number one goalkeeper was back between the sticks for Spain on Monday, keeping a clean sheet against Romania in a 5-0 win. Spain were already long assured of a spot at Euro 2020, but the win did wrap an unbeaten qualifying group for them — Kepa started 6 of the 10 games, conceding 3 goals and keeping 3 clean sheets (De Gea started 3, Pau Lopez started 1).
Joining his Chelsea teammates at Euro 2020 will also be Andreas Christensen, after Denmark’s 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland yesterday. Denmark, who only needed a draw to finish runners-up in Group D, opened the scoring against the run of play, then tried to hang on. Andreas Christensen was introduced in the 83rd minute, and while Ireland would equalize a minute later, they were unable to find a winner and thus drop into the playoffs.
Denmark are the 19th of 20 nations to qualify for Euro 2020 through the qualifying groups. One of Hungary, Wales, or Slovakia will be the 20th. Four more will join through the playoffs. Finland are the only new participants so far.
The qualified teams so far are: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine