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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 6 on Sunday 11 June 2017.   Italy defeated Liechtenstein at the Friuli Stadium in Udine.

FIFA World Cup Qualifier:  Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein, Sunday 11 June 2017

Italy reaching 16 points keeping the 2nd position while Spain remain in the 1st position also with 16 points after defeating Macedonia with a 2-1.     Matchday 7 will be played on 2 September with Spain vs Italy at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.

 

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UEFA World Cup Qualifiers Standing Group G – Up to Matchday 6

 UEFA World Cup Qualifier
Group G Standing after matchday 6, June 11, 2017
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
6 5 1 0 21 3 18 16
  Italy
6 5 1 0 18 4 14 16
Albania
6 3 0 3 7 8 -1 9
Israel
6 3 0 3 9 12 -3 9
FYR Macedonia
6 1 0 5 8 13 -5 3
Liechtenstein
6 0 0 6 1 24 -23 0

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Italy Coach Ventura: “The first half showed us that the desire to overdo it throws you off.”

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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura after defeating Liechtenstein: “The first half showed us that the desire to overdo it throws you off. Calm was needed.”

FIFA World Cup Qualifier:  Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein, Sunday 11 June 2017

Result ITALY 5 – 0 LIECHTENSTEIN, Goals by Insigne, Belotti, Eder, Bernardeschi, and Gabiadini, Sunday 11 June 2017, FIFA World Cup Qualifier

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71% Ball Possession ITALY and 29% Ball Possession LIECHTENSTEIN
Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
35′ Loreno Insigne
52′ Andrea Belotti
74′ Citadin Éder
82′ Federico Bernardeschi
91′ Manolo Gabbiadini
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Italy and Spain leading Group G for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.  After Matchday 6, Italy and Spain having 16 points each.  Spain in the 1st place for goal difference and Italy in the 2nd position. Good result for Italy remaining unbeaten in 56 qualifiers with 42 wins, and 14 draws. Tough luck for Liechtenstein remaining in the last position.

 UEFA World Cup Qualifier
Group G Standing after matchday 6, June 11, 2017
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
Spain
6 5 1 0 21 3 18 16
  Italy
6 5 1 0 18 4 14 16
Albania
6 3 0 3 7 8 -1 9
Israel
6 3 0 3 9 12 -3 9
FYR Macedonia
6 1 0 5 8 13 -5 3
Liechtenstein
6 0 0 6 1 24 -23 0

 

It is Italy to open the score in the 35th minute. Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne defeating Liechtenstein goalkeeper  Peter Jehle with a right footed shot in the center.  The assist is by Leonardo Spinazzola.

Italy increasing the score in the 52nd minute.  It is Torino forward Andrea Belotti “il Gallo” to smack a right footed shot in the bottom right corner.  The assist is by Lorenzo Insigne with a through ball.   Way to go for Insigne goal and assist!

Party is on at the Friuli!!!!   Italy scoring the third goal of the match in the 74th minute from close range.  It is forward 74′ Citadin Éder to delight the fans with his right footed shot in the center.  The assist is by Andrea Belotti with a cross!   Forza!!!!!!!

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Italy making a substitution in the 75th minute.

Italy rocking big time and it’s a poker!!!! In the 82nd minute the goal by Federico Bernardeschi defeating goalkeeper Jehle with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Let the party continueeeeeeeeee Italy crushing Liectenstein. In the 91st minute, there it is the goal by forward Manolo Gabbiadini delivering a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Leonardo Spinazzola.

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

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Barzagli, Chiellini, Spinazzola; De Rossi, Pellegrini; Candreva, Belotti, Immobile, Insigne.

Here is LIECTENSTEIN official starting lineup – formation by coach Pauritsch:

LIECHTENSTEIN (4-5-1): Jehle; Göppel, Gubser, Malin, Rechsteiner; Salanović, M. Büchel, Polverino, Hasler, Burgmeier; Frick.
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Singing of the Italian National Anthem “L’Inno di Mameli”

 

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Buffon, Insigne, and Belotti thanking the fans after defeating Liechtenstein

 

 

 

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Italy 5 – 0 Liechtenstein
Sunday 11 June 2017
Friuli Stadium
Udine, Italy

20:45

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant referees: Francis Connor (SCO) and Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth official: Craig Thomson (SCO)

Goals:  35′ Lorenzo Insige (I), 52′ Andrea Belotti (I), 74′ Citadin Éder (I), 82′ Federico Bernardeschi (I), 91′ Manolo Gabbiadini (I)

Official lineups – formations:

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Barzagli, Chiellini, Spinazzola; De Rossi, Pellegrini; Candreva, Belotti, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs: Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Gagliardini, Astori, Éder, Montolivo, Bonucci, Bernardeschi, D’Ambrosio, El Shaarawy, Gabbiadini.

Coach: Gian Piero Ventura.

LIECHTENSTEIN (4-5-1): Jehle; Göppel, Gubser, Malin, Rechsteiner; Salanović, M. Büchel, Polverino, Hasler, Burgmeier; Frick.

Subs: B. Büchel, Hobi, Brändle, Hofer, Quintas, F. Wolfinger, Sele, Meier, Foser, Oehri, Erne, S. Wolfinger.

Coach: Pauritsch.

 

 

Italy vs Liechtenstein: Match Officials, Referee Kevin Clancy, Sunday 11 June 2017, FIFA World Cup Qualifier

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Here are ITALY vs LIECHTENSTEIN match officials on Sunday 11 June 2017 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy at 20:45.   It is
Referee Kevin Clancy from Scotland to direct the game.

Referee Clancy will be assisted by  Francis Connor (SCO) and Sean Carr (SCO).  The  Fourth official will be Craig Thomson (SCO)
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Italy – Liechtenstein
Sunday 11 June 2017
Friuli Stadium
Udine, Italy

Italy vs Liechtenstein: Official starting lineups, Sunday 11 June 2017, FIFA World Cup Qualifier

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Here are ITALY vs LIECHTENSTEIN official starting lineups – formations on Sunday 11 June 2017 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier game at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy at 20:45.

ITALY (4-2-4): Buffon; Darmian, Barzagli, Chiellini, Spinazzola; De Rossi, Pellegrini; Candreva, Belotti, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs: Donnarumma, Scuffet, Conti, Gagliardini, Astori, Éder, Montolivo, Bonucci, Bernardeschi, D’Ambrosio, El Shaarawy, Gabbiadini.

Coach:  Gian Piero Ventura.

LIECHTENSTEIN (4-5-1): Jehle; Göppel, Gubser, Malin, Rechsteiner; Salanović, M. Büchel, Polverino, Hasler, Burgmeier; Frick.

Subs: B. Büchel, Hobi, Brändle, Hofer, Quintas, F. Wolfinger, Sele, Meier, Foser, Oehri, Erne, S. Wolfinger.

Coach:  Pauritsch.
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Italy – Liechtenstein
Sunday 11 June 2017
Friuli Stadium
Udine, Italy

20:45

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant referees: Francis Connor (SCO) and Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth official: Craig Thomson (SCO)

 

 

 

June 11: Happy 25th Birthday to Davide Zappacosta


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Italian Soccer Serie A Blog by Anna Italia congratulates Italy and Torino defender Davide Zappacosta for his 25th birthday.  Zappacosta was born on June 11, 1992 in Sora, Italy. Zappacosta celebrating his birthday today during the World Cup Qualifier game Italy vs Liechtenstein in Udine.

 

 

 

Italian National Team Schedule from Friday 2 June to Sunday 11 June 2017

 

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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura called up 26 players for the International Friendly Games with Uruguay on Wednesday 7 June 2017 in Nice at the Allianz Arena and the World Cup Qualifier against Liechtenstein on Sunday 11 June at the Friuli Stadium Udine.

As reported by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the Italian team called up player will gather at the Technical Center of Coverciano on Friday 2nd June, where they will train up until the morning of Tuesday 6th June, before they then depart for Nice. Following their arrival, they will then encounter Uruguay in a friendly at the Stadio Allianz Riviera the next day. On the Thursday the Italian team will return to Coverciano, before traveling to Udine on June 10th prior to their game against Liechtenstein.

For the matches against both Uruguay and Liechtenstein, coach Ventura will be without Emerson Palmieri, after the player suffered a serious injury during Roma’s match against Genoa on Sunday. Meanwhile, Riccardo Montolivo has returned to the squad, having previously been absent through injury since October 6th. Stephan El Sharaawy is also back with the Italian team after his recent appearance at the last training camp. The five players from Juventus (Buffon, Bonucci, Chiellini, Barzagli and Marchisio) will not join the squad until June 5th, as they prepare to take part in the UEFA Champions League final on June 3rd. Their arrival will coincide some players’ departure from the camp.

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Italian Squad list for Uruguay and Liechtenstein

Goalkeepers: *Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Simone Scuffet (Udinese);
Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), *Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), *Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), **Mattia Caldara (Atalanta), **Federico Ceccherini (Crotone), *Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Danilo D’Ambrosio (Inter), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Alessio Romagnoli (Milan), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta);
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), *Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), **Lorenzo Pellegrini (Sassuolo), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain);
Wingers: Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli);
Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Eder Citadin Martins (Inter), Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton), Ciro Immobile (Lazio).

*Present from June 5th
**Present until June 5th

 

Schedule for the National Team from Friday 2 June to Sunday 11 June 2017

Friday 2nd June
h. 12.00 CEST Players to gather at Coverciano
h. 17.00 Training/Tests (closed door)

Saturday 3rd June
h. 10.30 Tests (closed door)
h. 16.30 Access for the media
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press). Amatrice’s football team set to visit Coverciano

Sunday 4th June
h. 10.30 Training (closed door)
h. 13.00 Access for the media
h. 13.45 Coach’s press conference
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Monday 5th June                          (AZZURRI PARTNER DAY)
h. 10.30 Training (closed door)
h. 13.00 Access for the media
h. 13.45 Meeting the media (players)
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)

At 19:00 the final of the ‘Goal Project!’ will take place on pitch no.2. This is for unaccompanied minors from shelter homes. Media can gain access to the Football Museum from 18:45.

Tuesday 6th June MD-1
h. 10.30 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)
h. 17.00 AZ charter flight from Florence to Nice
h. 18.10 Arrive in Nice and travel to Stadio Allianz Riviera
h. 18.45 Walk Around
h. 19.00 Press conference for coach and one player

Uruguay’s schedule
h. 10.00 Training at the Allianz Riviera (first 15 minutes open to the press)
h. 11.15 Press conference at the Allianz Riviera

Wednesday 7th June MD
h. 20.45 FRIENDLY MATCH ITALY-URUGUAY
Meeting with the media after the match, before then travelling back to the hotel

Thursday 8th June
h. 11.00 AZ charter flight from Nice to Florence
h. 12.05 Arrive in Florence and travel to Coverciano
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Friday 9th June
h. 10.30 Training (closed door)
h. 13.00 Access for the media
h. 13.45 Meeting the media (players)
h. 17.00 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Italy Saturday 10th June MD-1
h. 10.30 Training (first 15 minutes open to the press)
h. 17.45 Charter flight from Florence to Trieste
h. 18.45 Arrive and travel to the Stadio Friuli in Udine
h. 19.45 Walk around
h. 20.00 Press conference for coach and one player

Liechtenstein’s schedule at the Stadio Friuli:
h. 18.00 Liechtenstein’s press conference
h. 18.30 Liechtenstein training session (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Sunday 11th June MD
h.20.45 QUALIFIER ITALY-LIECHTENSTEIN
Meeting the media after the match

Source:  figc.it

Italy Head Coach Ventura called up 26 players for friendly with Uruguay and World Cup Qualifier with Liechtenstein

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Italy Head Coach Gian Piero Ventura called up 26 players for the International Friendly Games with Uruguay on Wednesday 7 June 2017 in Nice at the Allianz Arena and the World Cup Qualifier against Liechtenstein on Sunday 11 June inat the Friuli Stadium Udine.   The squad will gather for 12:00 CEST on Friday 2nd June.

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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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

Italy will be playing for the second time in Nice. The Allianz Riviera will see two of the most successful teams in world football meet. Italy can boast of four World Cups, one European Championship while Uruguay have won two World Cups, 15 Copa Americas and two Olympic gold medals.

  • Precedent: Italy’s previous fixture in Nice was on 20th August 2008 against Austria at the old Stade du Ray with the match ending in a 2-2 draw. There have been ten meetings with Uruguay with the South Americans ahead in the head-to-head record with four wins, two defeats and four draws. The most recent meeting was on 24th June 2014 in Natal at the World Cup when Italy were eliminated. This will be the fifth meeting on neutral ground after previous encounters in the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil. Italy have only played the Celeste once in Uruguay which was in Montevideo in January 1981 at the Mundialito.
  • In the qualifier, it will be the eighth Italy match in Udine where the Azzurri are unbeaten with five wins and two draws. The latest result there was a 1-1 friendly draw with Spain on 24th March. The only previous match against Liechtenstein took place in Vaduz two months ago with Italy winning 4-0.

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Anna Italia fromt the Italian Soccer Serie A Blog supports the Italian National Team.  Forza Azzurri Fratelli d’Italia!

 

 

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