Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri needed extra time to overcome Austria and very nearly saw themselves eliminated in 90 minutes, only saved by VAR as Marko Arnautovic saw a goal ruled out for offside.
“We expected something different from Italy, and also from Austria, who surprised us,” Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. “We were lucky with the disallowed goal. We were given a real scare, but it can be positive. When everything goes well, you’re less ready when something goes wrong, it’s normal.
“We’re happy to progress. We’ve lost about two kilos with the tension.”