Denmark Coach Morten Olsen admits Alberto Aquilani’s last-gasp equaliser was “one of the most horrible moments.”
Italy fought back for a 2-2 draw in Copenhagen last night, which makes it extremely difficult for the Danes to even qualify for the World Cup play-offs.
“We feel for the players,” said the disappointed tactician. “It was one of the most horrible moments where you do not want to think.
“We played against a good team with good players, but our performance in the second half was stunning.
“We did not lose out on qualification tonight, as overall in this group we haven’t been good enough at getting the ball into the box.”
Italy had already qualified top of Group B, but the race for second now has Bulgaria and Denmark on 13 points, the Czech Republic and Armenia on 12.
Whoever does get second is likely to have the lowest points of all the runners-up, therefore missing out on a play-off place.
Olsen refused to comment on his future in charge of the Danish team if they do fail to qualify for the World Cup play-offs.
“This discussion does not belong here. It’s all about the team and let’s focus on the game, where we played very well.
“Thoughts about anything else are not relevant at this time. It’s about getting the team ready for the next battle that we must win.”
Belgium, Germany and Switzerland have now also booked their spots at the 2014 World Cup.