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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group G Standing – Table


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We have completed the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers Group G Matchday 5 on Friday 24 March 2017.   Italy defeated Albania at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo:  Italy 2 – 0 Albania.    Italy reaching 13 points keeping the 2nd position while Spain remain in the 1st position also with 13 points after defeating Israel with a 4-1.     Matchday 6 will be played from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June 2017.  Italy will face Liechtenstein on Sunday 11 at the Friuli Stadium.

 

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 5

UEFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING  GROUP G Overall Home Away
 Rank  Teams P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
 1  Spain 5 4 1 0 19 2 3 0 0 16 1 1 1 0 3 1 17 13
 2  Italy 5 4 1 0 13 4 1 1 0 3 1 3 0 0 10 3 9 13
 3  Israel 5 3 0 2 9 9 1 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 6 5 0 9
 4  Albania 5 2 0 3 4 8 1 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 2 2 -4 6
 5  Macedonia 5 1 0 4 7 11 0 0 2 3 5 1 0 2 4 6 -4 3
 6  Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 1 19 0 0 3 0 9 0 0 2 1 10 -18 0

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Results FIFA World Cup Qualifiers CONCACAF, Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Here are the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifiers  Results on Tuesday 28 March 2017.

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Honduras 1 – 1 Costa Rica
Goals:   35′ Anthony Lozano (H),  69′ Kendall Waston (C)

Trinidad and Tobago 0 – 1 Mexico
Goals:  58′ Diego Reyes (M)

Panama 1 – 1 USA
Goals:  39′ Clint Dempsey (U),  44′ Gabriel Gomez (P)

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Mexico Called up players  for Costa Rica

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Miguel Layun (Porto), Luis Reyes (Atlas)

Midfielders: Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Luis Montes (Leon), Elias Hernandez (Leon)

Forwards: Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raul JImenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)

Costa Rica Called up players  for Mexico

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid-ESP), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) y Danny Carvajal (Saprissa).

Defenders: Giancarlo González (Palermo-ITA), Kendall Waston (Whitecaps-CAN), Francisco Calvo (Minesota United-USA), Óscar Duarte (Espanyol-ESP), Ronald Matarrita (New York City-USA), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic-GBR), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland-GBR), Michael Umaña (Alajuelense), Johnny Acosta (Herediano) y Heiner Mora (Saprissa).

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne Sport-SWI), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers-USA), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña-ESP), Christian Bolaños (Whitecaps-CAN), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting-POR), Rodney Wallace (New York City-USA), Ulises Segura (Saprissa) y Randall Azofeifa (Herediano).

Forwards: Johan Venegas (Minesota United-USA), José Ortiz (DC United-USA), Marco Ureña (San José Earthquakes-USA) Joel Campbell (Sporting-POR).
No Serie A Players in Trinidad Tobago team nor Panama team, United States,Honduras.

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CONCACAF Ranking Overall Home Away
 POS  Team P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
 1  Mexico 4 3 1 0 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 3 1 4 10
 2  Cost Rica 4 2 1 1 7 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 1 1 3 3 4 7
 3  Panama 4 1 2 1 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 5
 4  Unite States 4 1 1 2 8 7 1 0 1 7 2 0 1 1 1 5 1 4
 5  Honduras 4 1 1 2 4 9 1 1 1 4 3 0 0 1 0 6 -5 4
 6  Trinidad and Tobago 4 1 0 3 2 6 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 1 3 -4 3

Results FIFA World Cup Qualifiers CONMEBOL, Tuesday 28 March 2017

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Here are the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Results of the CONMEBOL on Tuesday 28 March 2017.  Brazil with 33 points, mathematically speaking, already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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World Cup Qualifying Table – Results – Standings after Tuesday 28 March 2017

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There are 3 Italian Serie A Players among Brazil National team list:

  •  AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson
  • Inter defender Miranda
  • Juventus winger Daniel Alves

There are 3 Italian Serie A Players among Uruguay National team list:

  • Genoa midfielder Diego Laxalt
  • Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez
  • Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino

There are 4 Italian Serie A Players among Argentina National team list:

  •  Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia
  • Inter midfielder Ever Banega
  • Juventus forward Paulo Dybala
  • Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain (El Pipita)

There are 6 Italian Serie A Players among Colombia National team list:

  • AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata
  • Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sánchez
  • Juventus midfielder Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
  • AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca
  • Sampdoria forward Luis Fernando Muriel
  • Udinese forward Duván Zapata

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World Cup Live Results

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Results FIFA World Cup Qualifiers CONCACAF, Friday 24 March 2017

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Here are the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONCACAF Qualifiers  Results on Friday 24 March 2017.   Good match for Fiorentina defender Carlos Salcedo winning with his national team Mexico against Costa Rica.  Palermo defender Giancarlo González played for Costa Rica.    The ex-Hellas Verona player Rafael Marquez was honored before the match Mexico vs Costa Rica for his 20 years playing with Mexico team, and currently Captain.   The ex-Chievo and AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley played for United States and scored a goal against Honduras. 

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 Trinidad and Tobago 1 – 0 Panama
Goals: 37′ Kevin Molino

Mexico 2 – 0 Costa Rica
Goals: 7′ Javier Hernandez (Chicharito), 45′ Nestor Araujo

United States 6 – 0 Honduras
Goals: 5′ Sebastian Lletget, 27′ Michael Bradley, 32′ Clint Dempsey, 46′ Christian Pulisic, 49’Clint Dempsey, 54′ Clint Dempsey

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Mexico Called up players  for Costa Rica

Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Miguel Layun (Porto), Luis Reyes (Atlas)

Midfielders: Jurgen Damm (Tigres), Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Andres Guardado (PSV), Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Jesus Duenas (Tigres), Luis Montes (Leon), Elias Hernandez (Leon)

Forwards: Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Raul JImenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)

Costa Rica Called up players  for Mexico

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid-ESP), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) y Danny Carvajal (Saprissa).

Defenders: Giancarlo González (Palermo-ITA), Kendall Waston (Whitecaps-CAN), Francisco Calvo (Minesota United-USA), Óscar Duarte (Espanyol-ESP), Ronald Matarrita (New York City-USA), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic-GBR), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland-GBR), Michael Umaña (Alajuelense), Johnny Acosta (Herediano) y Heiner Mora (Saprissa).

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne Sport-SWI), David Guzmán (Portland Timbers-USA), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruña-ESP), Christian Bolaños (Whitecaps-CAN), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting-POR), Rodney Wallace (New York City-USA), Ulises Segura (Saprissa) y Randall Azofeifa (Herediano).

Forwards: Johan Venegas (Minesota United-USA), José Ortiz (DC United-USA), Marco Ureña (San José Earthquakes-USA) Joel Campbell (Sporting-POR).
No Serie A Players in Trinidad Tobago team nor Panama team, United States,Honduras.

World Cup Qualifier: Result ITALY 2 – 0 ALBANIA, Goals by De Rossi and Immobile, Friday 24 March 2017


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58% Ball Possession ITALY and 42% Ball Possession ALBANIA

Italy Italy 2 – 0 Albania Albania

12′ Daniele De Rossi (pen)
80′ Ciro Immobile
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UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing Group G BEFORE the game.
Italy, 2nd position with 10 points and a positive goal differene of +7
Albania, 4th position with 6 points and a negative goal difference of -2

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

 

Mission accomplished!  Italy determined to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.   Italy keeping the second position reaching 13 points after defeating Albania.  Spain also in Group G remain in the first position with 13 points after defeating Israel with a 4-1.  Italy will face Spain on September 2, 2017.

Sadly, the match suspended few minutes after some Albania fans started to throw flares in the away section.  Referee Slavko Vinčić had to suspend the match in the 57th minute and restarted the match after 8 minutes in the 66th minute.

First yellow card of the match in the 11th minute is for Albania Ledian Memushaj.  A familiar face as Memushaj plays in Serie A and is Pescara Captain.

Great start!   Italy taking the lead in the 12th minute.   Referee Slavko Vinčić gives a penalty to Italy conceded by Albania midfielder Migjen Basha after committing a foul on Italy forward Andrea Belotti inside the penalty box.   It is midfielder Daniele De Rossi to  convert the penalty defeating Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. Way to go.. a personal mini Roma derby with De Rossi and Lazio goalkeeper Strakosha!  Basha plays in Italy in the Serie B team AS Bari.

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Italy increasing the lead in the 80th minute.  It is forward Ciro Immobile to delight the fans at the Barbera defeating goalkeeper Strakosha with a headed shot to the bottom right corner. The assist is by Torino midfielder Davide Zappacosta with a cross.

 

Gee…. Antonio Candreva closer to score….  In the 74th minute, goalkeeper saving Candreva’s right footed shot in the center!!!!!!

Albania Head Coach De Biassi making a substitution in the 76th minute.  Armando Sadiku replacing Andi Lila.

Albania making a substitution in the 87th minute.  Eros Grezda replacing Odise Roshi.

The last substitution for Albania in the 97th minute.  Liridon Latifi replacing Migjen Basha.

Forza Italia, let’s go Azzurri!!!!!

  • Here is the situation:   Italy can jump to the first position if they defeat Albania and the combination of the match Spain vs Israel ending with a draw or Spain losing the match.  Spain is playing at the El Molinón in Gijon.   For Italy, the only objective is to win the match to claim the 3 points, period.
  • There is only 1 precedent between Italy and Albania played in 2014 with a result:  Italy 1 – 0 Albania.
  • Italy are unbeaten in 54 qualifiers (40 wins and 14 draws)
  • Six of Albanian squad play in Italy, 5 in Serie A and 1 in Serie B   Lazio goalkeeper Strakosha, Napoli defender Hysaj, Torino defender Ajeti, Empoli defender Veseli, AS Bari midfielder Basha, ad Pescara Captain midfielder Memushaj.
  • Albania coach Gianni De Biasi is Italian
  • Albania have not conceded in six away qualifiers (W4 D2)

It is a special match for Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reaching a record of 1,000 game in professional football and a European record of 168th cap.

Here is ITALY official starting lineup by Head Coach Giampiero Ventura:

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Zappacosta, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Verratti; Candreva, Immobile, Belotti, Insigne.

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Here is ALBANIA official starting lineup by Head Coach Gianni De Biasi:

ALBANIA (4-3-3): Strakosha; Hysaj, Veseli, Ajeti, Agolli; Basha, Kukeli, Memushaj; Lila, Cikalleshi, Roshi.

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 5

UEFA WORLD CUP QUALIFYING  GROUP G Overall Home Away
 Rank  Teams P W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A GD PTS
 1  Spain 5 4 1 0 19 2 3 0 0 16 1 1 1 0 3 1 17 13
 2  Italy 5 4 1 0 13 4 1 1 0 3 1 3 0 0 10 3 9 13
 3  Israel 5 3 0 2 9 9 1 0 1 3 4 2 0 1 6 5 0 9
 4  Albania 5 2 0 3 4 8 1 0 2 2 6 1 0 1 2 2 -4 6
 5  Macedonia 5 1 0 4 7 11 0 0 2 3 5 1 0 2 4 6 -4 3
 6  Liechtenstein 5 0 0 5 1 19 0 0 3 0 9 0 0 2 1 10 -18 0

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Stats Before the game. Top scorer of ITALY: Ciro Immobile with 4 goals

Top scorer of ALBANIA: Bekim Bajaj with 2 goals

Italy Goals Goals Albania
Immobile, Ciro 4 2 Balaj, Bekim
Belotti, Andrea 3 1 Sadiku, Armando
Candreva, Antonio 2
De Rossi, Daniele 1
Pelle, Graziano 1

Stats. Here are the last 5 games of ITALY: 3 wins, 2 draws

15/11/16 IFG Italy Germany 0:0
12/11/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Italy 0:4 4
09/10/16 WCQU Macedonia Italy 2:3 3
06/10/16 WCQU Italy Spain 1:1 2
05/09/16 WCQU Israel Italy 1:3 1

Stats. Here are the last 5 games of ALBANIA: 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 lost

12/11/16 WCQU Albania Israel 0:3 4
09/10/16 WCQU Albania Spain 0:2 3
06/10/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Albania 0:2 2
05/09/16 WCQU Albania Macedonia 2:1 1
31/08/16 IFG Albania Morocco 0:0

 

 

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Italy official starting lineup against Albania

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Italy anthem….. L’Inno di Mameli

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Buffon jersey and Captain armband ready to face Albania

Italy forward Andrea Belotti and Albania defender Arlind Ajeti

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Italy 2 – 0 Albania
Friday 24 March 2017
Renzo Barbera Stadium
Palermo, Italy

20:45

Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant referees:
Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) and Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
Fourth official: Matej Jug (SVN)

Goals:  12′ Daniele De Rossi (I)(pen), 80′ Ciro Immobile (I)

Official lineups – formations:

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Zappacosta, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Verratti; Candreva, Immobile, Belotti, Insigne.

Coach:  Giampiero Ventura

ALBANIA (4-3-3): Strakosha; Hysaj, Veseli, Ajeti, Agolli; Basha, Kukeli, Memushaj; Lila, Cikalleshi, Roshi.

Coach:  Gianni De Biasi

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hit 1,000 appearances for club and country and 168th Italy appearances

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game Italy vs Albania on Friday 24 March 2017 is also a big day for Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to hit 1,000 appearances for club and country.   Buffon will make 168 Italy appearances taking him above goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ record of 167 for Spain becoming the most capped goalkeeper still playing.   Italy vs Albania to be played at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.

Surely, a remarkable accomplishment, Buffon states that  playing “1,000 matches is a big landmark for me, I can only say there won’t be another 1,000.  I have great respect for Albania, they’re a team to be feared and they have done a lot of good things in the past two years and they showed what they’re worth at the Euros. There are no easy teams to play against now and that makes matches better and more enjoyable. Football has certainly become more competitive in recent years.”

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“Respect for Albania isn’t just something we’re saying, they’ve shown what they can do in recent years.”

Buffon has started every game for Italy Head Coach Giampiero Ventura and he’s been the most used player of his term along with Juventus teammate defender Leonardo Bonucci with 450 minutes spent on the pitch.

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Buffon agrees to move the start of the season so that Italy are in peak condition for the match against Spain on 2nd September 2017. “I think that the sacrifice of a little change in the calendar could give us a big hand and allow us to go and play that game in our best condition.”

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World Cup Qualifier: ITALY – ALBANIA, Official starting lineups, Friday 24 March 2017

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UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing Group G BEFORE the game.
Italy, 2nd position with 10 points and a positive goal differene of +7
Albania, 4th position with 6 points and a negative goal difference of -2

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

 

Here are ITALY vs ALBANIA official starting lineups – formations on Friday 24 March 2017 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Matchday 5 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Zappacosta, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Sciglio; De Rossi, Verratti; Candreva, Immobile, Belotti, Insigne.

Coach:  Giampiero Ventura

ALBANIA (4-3-3): Strakosha; Hysaj, Veseli, Ajeti, Agolli; Basha, Kukeli, Memushaj; Lila, Cikalleshi, Roshi.

Coach:  Gianni De Biasi

Referee: Vinčič (SLO)

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Italy – Albania
Friday 24 March 2017
Renzo Barbera Stadium
Palermo, Italy

20:45

Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant referees:
Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) and Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
Fourth official: Matej Jug (SVN)

 

World Cup Qualifier: Italy vs Albania, Match Officials, Referee Slavko Vinčić, Friday 24 March 2017


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UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing Group G BEFORE the game.
Italy, 2nd position with 10 points and a positive goal differene of +7
Albania, 4th position with 6 points and a negative goal difference of -2

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

Here are the match officials for ITALY vs ALBANIA, World Cup Qualifier Group G match on Friday 24 March 2017 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.    It is Referee Slavko Vinčić from Slovenia to direct the game.

Slavko Vinčić will be assisted by Tomaž Klančnik (SVN) and Andraž Kovacic (SVN).  The fourth official will be Matej Jug (SVN).

  • Slavko Vinčić has been a full international for FIFA since 2010.  Vinčić went to UEFA Euro 2012 as additional assistant in the team of Damir Skomina.

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Preview Italy vs Albania, World Cup Qualifier, Friday 24 March 2017

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Here is the Preview Italy vs Albania for the World Cup Qualifier on Friday 24 March 2017 at the Renzo Barbera Stadium in Palermo, Italy at 20:45.   The situation is favorable for Italy being in the 2nd position with 10 points compared to Albania with 6 points in the 4th position.   Italy having the same 10 points as Spain holding the first position having a better goal difference of +14 compared to Italy +7.

UEFA World Cup Qualification Standing Group G BEFORE the game.
Italy, 2nd position with 10 points and a positive goal differene of +7
Albania, 4th position with 6 points and a negative goal difference of -2

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Italy 4 3 1 0 11:4 7 10
4 Albania 4 2 0 2 4:6 -2 6

 

  • Here is the situation:   Italy can jump to the first position if they defeat Albania and the combination of the match Spain vs Israel ending with a draw or Spain losing the match.  Spain is playing at the El Molinón in Gijon.   For Italy, the only objective is to win the match to claim the 3 points, period.
  • There is only 1 precedent between Italy and Albania played in 2014 with a result:  Italy 1 – 0 Albania.
  • Italy are unbeaten in 54 qualifiers (40 wins and 14 draws)
  • Six of Albanian squad play in Italy, 5 in Serie A and 1 in Serie B   Lazio goalkeeper Strakosha, Napoli defender Hysaj, Torino defender Ajeti, Empoli defender Veseli, AS Bari midfielder Basha, ad Pescara Captain midfielder Memushaj.
  • Albania coach Gianni De Biasi is Italian
  • Albania have not conceded in six away qualifiers (W4 D2)

It is a special match for Italy and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reaching a record of 1,000 game in professional football and a European record of 168th cap.

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Italy Head Coach Giampiero Ventura and Italy Captain Gianluigi Buffon

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 4

 Teams Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
4 3 1 0 15 1 14 10
Italy
4 3 1 0 11 4 7 10
Israel
4 3 0 1 8 5 3 9
Albania
4 2 0 2 4 6 -2 6
FYR Macedonia
4 0 0 4 4 11 -7 0
Liechtenstein
4 0 0 4 1 16 -15 0

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Stats Before the game.   Top scorer of ITALY:   Ciro Immobile with 4 goals

Top scorer of ALBANIA:  Bekim Bajaj with 2 goals

Italy Goals Goals Albania
Immobile, Ciro 4 2 Balaj, Bekim
Belotti, Andrea 3 1 Sadiku, Armando
Candreva, Antonio 2
De Rossi, Daniele 1
Pelle, Graziano 1

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of ITALY:   3 wins, 2 draws

15/11/16 IFG Italy Germany 0:0
12/11/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Italy 0:4 4
09/10/16 WCQU Macedonia Italy 2:3 3
06/10/16 WCQU Italy Spain 1:1 2
05/09/16 WCQU Israel Italy 1:3 1

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of ALBANIA:  2 wins, 1 draw, 2 lost

12/11/16 WCQU Albania Israel 0:3 4
09/10/16 WCQU Albania Spain 0:2 3
06/10/16 WCQU Liechtenstein Albania 0:2 2
05/09/16 WCQU Albania Macedonia 2:1 1
31/08/16 IFG Albania Morocco 0:0

 

Italy 23 Official Called Up Players for Albania

Goalkeepers: 1 Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), 12 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), 14 Alex Meret (Spal 2013);

Defenders 15 Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), 3 Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), 13 Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), 2 Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), 3 Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), 5 Daniele Rugani (Juventus), 22 Davide Zappacosta (Torino);

Midfielders: 16 Daniele De Rossi (Roma), 8 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), 18 Marco Parolo (Lazio), 10 Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: 6 Federico Antonio Candreva (Inter), 7 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), 21 Nicola Sansone (Villarreal), 23 Simone Verdi (Bologna);

Forwards: 9 Andrea Belotti (Torino), 17 EderCitadin Martins (Inter), 20 Andrea Petagna (Atalanta), 11 Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Staff – Commissario Tecnico: Gian Piero Ventura; Team Manager: Gabriele Oriali; Tecnici Federali: Salvatore Sullo, Paolo Vanoli e Gianluca Spinelli; Segretario: Mauro Vladovich; Preparatori atletici: Alessandro Innocenti e Giovanni Brignardello; Medici federali: Enrico Castellacci e Carmine Costabile; Massofisioterapisti: Fabrizio Scalzi, Emanuele Randelli, Alfonso Casano, Pasquale Raia, Walter Martinelli (osteopata).

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Albania 20 Official Called Up Players for Italy

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha, Orges Shehi, Alban Hoxha.

Defenders:  Ansi Agolli, Berat Gjimshiti, Mërgim Mavraj, Elseid Hysaj, Naser Aliji, Frederic Veseli.

Midfielders: Amir Abrashi, Burim Kukeli, Migjen Basha, Jahmir Hyka, Ergys Kaçe, Andi Lila, Taulant Xhaka, Ledjan Memushaj, Odise Roshi, Ermir Lenjani, Eros Grezda, Liridon Latifi.

Forwards:  Bekim Balaj, Sokol Çikalleshi, Rei Manaj, Armando Sadiku, Azdren Llullaku.

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