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World Cup Qualifier: Result ALBANIA 0 – 1 ITALY, Goal by Candreva, Monday 9 October 2017

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Albania 0 – 1 Italy

.                               73′ Antonio Candreva
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Italy made it!   Mission accomplished and the second position is secured after defeating Albania on Monday 9 October 2017.   The UEFA European Qualification are complete and after Matchday 10, Italy will play the play-off.

  • The Play-off draw  will be on 17 October. Games 9–11 and 12–14 November

Italy scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute.  It is Antonio Candreva to secure the victory defeating Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Leonardo Spinazzola with a cross.

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Here is ALBANIA official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Panucci:

ALBANIA (4-2-3-1): Berisha; Hysaj, Veseli, Mavraj, Agolli; Basha, Kaçe; Roshi, Memushaj, Grezda; Sadiku.

Here is ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura:

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Parolo, Gagliardini; Candreva, Immobile, Éder, Insigne.

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Albania 0 – 1 Italy
Monday 9 October 2017
Loro Borici Stadium
Shkoder, Albania

20:45

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR) and Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth official: Tore Hansen (NOR)

Goals: 73′ Antonio Candreva

Official lineups – formations:

ALBANIA (4-2-3-1): Berisha; Hysaj, Veseli, Mavraj, Agolli; Basha, Kaçe; Roshi, Memushaj, Grezda; Sadiku.

Subs: Hoxha, Koliçi, Djimsiti, Balliu, Memolla, Ajeti, Lila, Lenjani, Latifi, Ndoj, Ahmedi.

Coach: Panucci.

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Parolo, Gagliardini; Candreva, Immobile, Éder, Insigne.

Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Zappacosta, Rugani, Astori, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Cristante, Bernardeschi, El Shaarawy, Gabbiadini, Inglese.

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.

World Cup Qualifier: Albania vs Italy, Official starting lineups, Monday 9 October 2017

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Here are ALBANIA vs ITALY  official starting lineups – formations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Monday 9 October 2017 at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder, Albania at 20:45.

ALBANIA (4-2-3-1): Berisha; Hysaj, Veseli, Mavraj, Agolli; Basha, Kaçe; Roshi, Memushaj, Grezda; Sadiku.

Subs: Hoxha, Koliçi, Djimsiti, Balliu, Memolla, Ajeti, Lila, Lenjani, Latifi, Ndoj, Ahmedi.

Coach: Panucci.

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Parolo, Gagliardini; Candreva, Immobile, Éder, Insigne.

Subs: Donnarumma, Perin, Zappacosta, Rugani, Astori, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Cristante, Bernardeschi, El Shaarawy, Gabbiadini, Inglese.

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway).

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Albania – Italy
Monday 9 October 2017
Loro Borici Stadium
Shkoder, Albania

20:45

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR) and Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth official: Tore Hansen (NOR)

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 10 on Monday 9 October  2017.

Italy with 23 points keeping the 2nd position while Spain remain in the 1st position  with 28 points.

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 10

  UEFA World Cup Qualifier
Group G Standing after matchday 10, October 9, 2017
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
10 9 1 0 36 3 33 28
Italy
10 7 2 1 21 8 13 23
Albania
10 4 1 5 10 13 -3 13
Israel
10 4 0 6 10 15 -5 12
FYR Macedonia
10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11
Liechtenstein
10 0 0 10 1 39 -38 0

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World Cup Qualifier: Result ITALY 1 – 1 MACEDONIA, Goals by Chiellini and Trajkovski, Friday 6 October 2017

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58% Ball Possession ITALY and 42% Ball Possession MACEDONIA

Italy 1 – 1 Macedonia Macedonia

41′ Giorgio Chiellini         77′ Aleksandar Trajkovski
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Italy keeping the second position in Group G after the 1-1 draw against Macedonia on Friday 6 October 2017 at the Olimpico di Torino Stadium in Turin, Italy.    Italy reaching 20 points with a positive goal difference of +12 while Spain keeps the first position with 25 points and a positive goal difference of +32 and Macedonia in the 4th position with 8 points.

  • FYR Macedonia have lost just once in 2017
  • Italy haven’t lost home qualifier since June 2002

 UEFA European Qualifier  Group G Standing after Matchday 9 on 6 Oct. 2017 Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
9 8 1 0 35 3 32 25
  Italy
9 6 2 1 20 8 12 20
Albania
9 4 1 4 10 12 -2 13
Israel
9 4 0 5 10 14 -4 12
FYR Macedonia
9 2 2 5 11 15 -4 8

 

Italy opening the score in the 40th minute.  It is defender Giorgio Chiellini to defeat Macedonia goalkeeper with a right footed shot in the center.  The assist is by forward Ciro Immobile following a corner conceded by Darko Velkoski.

Tough situation. Macedonia equalizing for the 1-1 in the 77th minute. It is Aleksandar Trajkovski to defeat Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon with a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by forward Goran Pandev.

Here is ITALY official starting lineup – formation by Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura:

ITALY (3-4-3): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Zappacosta, Parolo, Gagliardini, Darmian; Verdi, Immobile, Insigne.

Here is MACEDONIA official starting lineup -formation by Head Coach Angelovski:

MACEDONIA: Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Musliu, Velkoski; Radelski, Spirovski, Bardi, Alioski; Pandev, Nestorovski, Hasani.

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Italy 1 – 1 Macedonia
Friday 6 October 2017
Olimpico di Torino Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45

Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant referees: Ricardo Santos (POR) and Luis Campos (POR)
Fourth official: Fabio Verissimo (POR)

Goals:  41′ Giorgio Chiellini (I), 77′ Aleksandar Trajkovski (M)

Official lineups – formations:

ITALY (3-4-3): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Zappacosta, Parolo, Gagliardini, Darmian; Verdi, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs.: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Astori, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Cristante, Spinazzola, Candreva, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Éder. 

Coach:  Gian Piero Ventura.

MACEDONIA: Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Musliu, Velkoski; Radelski, Spirovski, Bardi, Alioski; Pandev, Nestorovski, Hasani.

Subs.: Nilson, Siskovski, Toševski, Doriev, Zajkov, Tričkovski, Trajkovski, Jahović.

Coach: Angelovski.

 

World Cup Qualifier: Italy vs Macedonia, Match Officials, Referee Tiago Martins, Friday 6 October 2017

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Here are the match officials for  ITALY vs MACEDONIA for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on October 6 at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin, Italy at 20:45.  It is Referee Tiago Martins from Portugal to direct the game.

Referee Martins will be assisted by Ricardo Santos (POR) and Luis Campos (POR).  The fourth official will be Fabio Verissimo (POR)

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Italy – Macedonia
Friday 6 October 2017
Olimpico di Torino Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45

Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant referees: Ricardo Santos (POR) and Luis Campos (POR)
Fourth official: Fabio Verissimo (POR)

 

World Cup Qualifier: Italy vs Macedonia, Official starting lineups, Friday 6 October 2017

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Here are ITALY vs MACEDONIA official starting lineups – formations for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on October 6 at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin, Italy at 20:45.

ITALY (3-4-3): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Zappacosta, Parolo, Gagliardini, Darmian; Verdi, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs.: Donnarumma, Perin, Rugani, Astori, D’Ambrosio, Barella, Cristante, Spinazzola, Candreva, Bernardeschi, Gabbiadini, Éder. 

Coach:  Gian Piero Ventura.

MACEDONIA: Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Musliu, Velkoski; Radelski, Spirovski, Bardi, Alioski; Pandev, Nestorovski, Hasani.

Subs.: Nilson, Siskovski, Toševski, Doriev, Zajkov, Tričkovski, Trajkovski, Jahović.

Coach: Angelovski.

Referee: Tiago Martins (Portugal)

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Italy – Macedonia
Friday 6 October 2017
Olimpico di Torino Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45

Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant referees: Ricardo Santos (POR) and Luis Campos (POR)
Fourth official: Fabio Verissimo (POR)

 

Italy Head Coach Ventura called up 25 players for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Albania in October 2017

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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura has called up 25 players for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against  FYR Macedonia on October 6 at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin, Italy at 20:45 and against Albania on Monday 9 October 2017 at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder at 20:45 CEST.

Here is the situation.  Italy must win both games to secure the Second Position in Group G.   Italy ranking in the 17th position of the FIFA World Cup Ranking with 1035 points.   The victory is a must to grab a good chance for the play-off draw on  October 17 in Zurich.

 UEFA World Cup Qualifier
Group G Standing after matchday 8, September 5, 2017
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
8 7 1 0 32 3 29 22
    Italy
8 6 1 1 19 7 12 19
Albania
8 4 1 3 10 9 1 13
Israel
8 3 0 5 9 14 -5 9
FYR Macedonia
8 2 1 5 10 14 -4 7
Liechtenstein
8 0 0 8 1 34 -33 0

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Italy Squad list

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa);

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);

Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);

Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Verdi (Bologna);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Note:   From the list the following players could not make it due to injury and not enough time to recover:   Marco Verratti was  ruled out of the Azzurri squad, while Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini  also withdrawn following an injury picked up in Sunday’s match against AC Milan.  Andrea Belotti and Daniele De Rossi also out.  Ventura opted to replace the injured players calling up Roberto Inglese, Roberto Gagliardini, Nicolò Barella and Bryan Cristante, Barella and Cristante receiving their first called up with the National Team.

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Italy Schedule

Sunday 1st October
Arrive at Coverciano before 24:00 CEST

Monday 2nd October
13:40 Presentation of new sponsor with coach’s press conference to follow
16:00 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Tuesday 3rd October
13:45 Meeting with the press (players)
16:30 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Wednesday 4th October
13:45 Meeting with press (Players)
16:30 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Thursday 5th October
10:00 Training MD-1  (First 15 minutes open to press.)
16:20 Travel from Florence to Turin
17:45 Walk Around
18:00 Press conference with coach and one player Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

FYR Macedonia’s  MD-1 Schedule (Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino)
10:00 Training MD-1 at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino (First 15 minutes open to press.)
17:00 Press conference with coach and one player

Friday 6th October
20:45 ITALY vs. FYR MACEDONIA
Meetings with press afterwards

Saturday 7th October
17:00 Training at the  Stadio Filadelfia (open to press)

Sunday 8th October
10:00 Training MD-at Sisport (First 15 minutes open)
15:45 Travel from Turin to Tirana
17:40 Flight lands  in Tirana and transfer toLoro-Boriçi stadium in Shköder (Around 1h 30m)
19:30    Walk Around
20:00    Press conference with coach and one player at Loro-Borici Stadium

Monday 9th October
20:45 ALBANIA vs. ITALY
Meetings to follow and transfer to Tirana airport before flights to Milan and Rome

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25 called up for FYR Macedonia and Albania matches as Simone Verdi returns

Second place needs to be made secure in Group G and the current ranking of 17th has to be improved so that Italy can be in the best position possible ahead of the play-off draw on 17th October in Zurich. This is the dual aim for Italy ahead of the reaming qualifiers with FYR Macedonia on 6th October at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino in Turin at 20:45 and Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder at 20:45 CEST on 9th October.

Gian Piero Ventura has named 25 players in his Azzurri squad. They will arrive at Coverciano tomorrow evening. Simone Verdi is back after he made his debut against the Netherlands on 28th March.

Italy vs. FYR Macedonia – Italy are in Turin for the 37th time, one year since the 1-1 draw with Spain there in October although this time they are moving from the Juventus Stadium to the Stadio Olimpico – Grande Torino where the most recent result was a 2-0 win over Bulgaria in 2009. The capital of Piedmont will host a number of initiatives prior to the match organised by the FIGC and the local council as part of the Città Azzurra scheme. This aims to involve Italy fans, promote the positive values of sport and grassroots football. The team will also stay in Turin to prepare for the away trip to Shkodër and there will also be a training session at the Stadio Filadelfia where the legend of the Grande Torino was written.

Albania vs. Italy – The Azzurri’s final match wil be in Shkodër for a historic match. It’s the 800th Italy match in history and it will also be the first match played in Albania after two meetings in Italy in recent years. A familiar face for Italian football and the national team will be on the opposite side as Christian Panucci took over in July as Albania coach from Gianni De Biasi. It will be the 14th time that Italy have faced an opponent led by an Italian after Foni (Switzerland, two times), Trapattoni (Republic of Ireland, four times), Ghedin (Malta, four times), Zaccheroni, once) and De Biasi, twice). During his career, Panucci played for Italy 57 times, scored four goals and won two Under-21 European Championships.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa);
Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea);
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Marco Parolo (Lazio), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Simone Verdi (Bologna);
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

Source:  figc.it

Italy Schedule

Sunday 1st October
Arrive at Coverciano before 24:00 CEST

Monday 2nd October
13:40 Presentation of new sponsor with coach’s press conference to follow
16:00 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Tuesday 3rd October
13:45 Meeting with the press (players)
16:30 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Wednesday 4th October
13:45 Meeting with press (Players)
16:30 Training (First 15 minutes open to press.)

Thursday 5th October
10:00 Training MD-1  (First 15 minutes open to press.)
16:20 Travel from Florence to Turin
17:45 Walk Around
18:00 Press conference with coach and one player Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino

FYR Macedonia’s  MD-1 Schedule (Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino)
10:00 Training MD-1 at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino (First 15 minutes open to press.)
17:00 Press conference with coach and one player

Friday 6th October
20:45 ITALY vs. FYR MACEDONIA
Meetings with press afterwards

Saturday 7th October
17:00 Training at the  Stadio Filadelfia (open to press)

Sunday 8th October
10:00 Training MD-at Sisport (First 15 minutes open)
15:45 Travel from Turin to Tirana
17:40 Flight lands  in Tirana and transfer toLoro-Boriçi stadium in Shköder (Around 1h 30m)
19:30    Walk Around
20:00    Press conference with coach and one player at Loro-Borici Stadium

Monday 9th October
20:45 ALBANIA vs. ITALY
Meetings to follow and transfer to Tirana airport before flights to Milan and Rome.

Italy Head Coach Ventura’s statement after defeating Israel on September 5, 2017


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It’s a good day for Italian football! Yep! Italy getting back on track to keep up the race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Italy defeated Israel with the goal by forward Ciro Immobile. Here are the declarations of Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura after the game.

Result ITALY 1 – 0 ISRAEL, Tuesday 5 September 2017, World Cup Qualification

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