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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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Albania – Italy 

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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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Gian Piero Ventura: “We’ve achieved the set objective.” Insigne: “This is the right spirit”

 

23 points from seven wins, two draws and just the one defeat away to Spain in Madrid was the final tally for Gian Piero Ventura’s Italy after the end of the qualification group. The statistics are ultimately positive as Italy qualified for the playoffs as a top seed. It was vital to get something in a hard-fought and balanced match against Albania following the misstep earlier against FYR Macedonia. Italy showed that they knew how to show character at key moments to get through difficulty. “We achieved the objectives that were set for us,” said Ventura. “I’m happy for the guys because they’ve always given a lot. It’s important for all of us to make the World Cup. This is an important group of players, we have some limits at the moment but there was a desire to try things. I was confident when the situation was dramatic and I’m even more so now.”

Antonio Candreva’s seventh Italy goal and first this season made the difference. “After the FYR Macedonia match, we were looking to come back, we spoke about it and stuck together as we also have the playoffs coming up,” said the Inter winger. “We gave a positive effort, winning is never simple. It’s important for all of us to go to the World Cup, it will take sacrifice, humility and the Italian spirit which sets distinguishes us.”

If Candreva was rested on Friday in Turin, Gagliardini played his second match in four days. “It was a positive evening, we secured an important win and it wasn’t easy. They were three very well-deserved points. It was a hard-fought match, we only gave up a few shots from outside the area. There are always things to improve and we’ll certainly do that with the Coach.”

Lorenzo Insigne was also looking confidently to the future. “We spoke, we’re all smart guys and we have an important response on the pitch today, this win came from sacrifice. Today, we had better awareness of what we can do.” The Napoli creative player looked to score and his pace led to some of the match’s best chances. “We played a great game, we were all united in search of the win. This is the spirit with which we need to approach every match, to fight for every ball. We have to give everything up until the end.”

After playing an important role at the last European Championship in France, Eder dreams to also play at the next World Cup. “The team showed desire and character, we played a good game at a difficult place to visit. We have to go again from this point while we wait for the playoffs.”

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Candreva goal decides Albania match, Italy progress to playoff as a seeded team

 

With a place in the playoff already secure, Italy beat Albania 1-0 to mark the 800th match in the history of the National Team. It was a valuable win for the Azzurri who will now be a seeded team for the playoffs ahead of the draw on 17th October in Zurich. Antonio Candreva’s goal decided the match in Shkodër as the side’s character was tested against an Albania side who were set up well by Christian Panucci.

Compared to the FYR Macedonia match, Ventura gave Spinazzola, Candreva and Eder playing time from the first minute as Italy returned to playing in a 4-2-4 which changed to a 4-4-2 when not in possession. Candreva and Insigne were asked to support the front partnership of Eder and Immobile from wide positions. The match started at a high tempo as Panucci left his bench to give instructions to his players. Albania wanted to give a good account of themselves and played attacking football with Buffon making two saves in the first ten minutes from Hysaj and Grezda.

The first real chance fell to Ciro Immobile in the 21st minute after an en error from Veseli but Berisha closed him down to save at a tight angle. The match was lively with frequent changes in possession. Sadiku tried from outside the box but Buffon saved before Eder hit the side netting straight after with a long shot. From Memushaj to Ajeti, Berisha to Hysaj, there were a number of figures who play in Italy and one of the most interesting duels was between the Neapolitan pair of Insigne and Hysaj with the Italy no.10 frequently able to get free and look to shoot at goal.

The tempo of blows and counter-blows continued. The first half finished with Immobile firing narrowly wide after a Bonucci ball from the back and Buffon had to save a vicious Roshi effort at the expense of a corner. Italy’s play mostly focused on the right side with the Candreva/Darmian duo before Zappacosta came on after an hour. In the 61st minute, Italy had two good chances to go ahead. Eder fired high after using his pace to get free before Insigne called Berisha into action from just outside the box. At the other end, Grezda, who was one of his team’s top performers, tested Gigi Buffon’s reflexes.

There was a sense that a goal was coming and Italy found it in the 73rd minute thanks to Antonio Candreva’s first goal of the season. The Inter winger took control of a Spinazzola cross at the far post and beat Berisha with a powerful effort. In stoppage time, Immobile missed a good chance to make it 2-0 but Italy held on to make it three wins from three against Albania. The journey to the World Cup will start up again in around a month with the hope that some injured players can return and help the team book their place on the flight to Russia.

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Grande successo a Scutari per l’esposizione delle Coppe del Mondo

 

A pochi minuti dal fischio d’inizio del match tra Italia e Albania, si è chiusa al teatro Mihjeni di Scutari l’esposizione delle quattro Coppe del Mondo vinte dalla Nazionale. Moltissimi i visitatori che hanno ammirato i trofei in una giornata all’insegna della rinnovata amicizia tra i due Paesi. Un rapporto di stima reciproca ribadito dal Primo Ministro albanese Edi Rama, che parlando in italiano in segno di ospitalità ha auspicato di poter assistere questa sera ad una bella partita: “Se l’Italia andrà al Mondiale – le parole di Rama – farà felice anche il popolo albanese”.

Alla cerimonia di chiusura dell’esposizione delle Coppe del Mondo, realizzata in collaborazione con la Municipalità di Scutari e con la partecipazione della Federata Shqiptare e Futbollit, sono intervenuti anche il presidente della FIGC Carlo Tavecchio, il direttore generale e vicepresidente della UEFA Michele Uva, il presidente della federcalcio albanese Armand Duka, l’ambasciatore d’Italia a Tirana Alberto Cutillo e il sindaco di Scutari Voltana Ademi.

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Gian Piero Ventura: “I expect to see steps forward against Albania.” Buffon: “We’re a united group”

 

“I’m absolutely calm. I’ve seen the guys working well up until today and this morning also, I now expect to see steps made forwards compared to the FYR Macedonia match, we have great room for improvement,” said Gian Piero Ventura in his press conference ahead of the Albania match. “The Albania match will be an interesting fixture even if we’ve already qualified for the play-offs as we need to win to improve our chances of being one of the top seeds. It’s also a historic moment with Italy playing for the first time in Albania and it would be nice for us if tomorrow is a great celebration of football.”

“We could have done more in certain moments but we can’t have regrets about that,” Ventura went on. “I’m satisfied with what we’ve seen in these 14/15 months. When I started on this adventure, I said that Italy needed a generational change because the age was very advanced even if we can’t disregard points of reference such a Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini and De Rossi who are players who have made history for Italy. I still see them as reference points and they showed that they are again yesterday.”

“The FYR Macedonia game is over, there isn’t the sense of depression that some portrayed but instead there’s the knowledge that we can do a lot better. Therefore, the agreement with those that you call ‘senators’ was to explain to the others what it means to wear the Italy shirt. We talked about the spirit needed to become important figures. This is all that happened, I’m happy and I thank them because they showed that they’re great men as well as excellent players. The fundamental thing is to restore balance and calm so that we can go and play these play-offs. Italy has to and wants to go to the World Cup.”

Captain Gigi Buffon was sat alongside Ventura at the press conference and he spoke about the team meeting yesterday. “I want to clear something up, what happened was something which always happens in certain times and by affronting it together as a group/team, you can get back on the right track and bring positive results. All of this happened with the consent of the Coach and all of his staff, there was nothing to hide, what we wanted was shake things up among ourselves. It’s an important point and I wanted to put that out there for the sake of clarity. Tomorrow, we have to start to see the response and I hope we can see a team with a strong identity again.”

Source:   figc.it

 

Afternoon session at the Filadelfia before Azzurri depart for Albania on Sunday, 07/10/2017

 

Following their 1-1 draw against Macedonia, the Azzurri today completed an afternoon training session at the Stadio Filadelfia. This historic ground is linked to the iconic Grande Torino team and was inaugurated last May after a significant reconstruction.
Welcoming Buffon and co. on Saturday were a group of 600 youth footballers who played for either the Torino academy or other local teams. Granata President Urbano Cairo also welcomed Gian Piero Ventura’s team.

Following a brief warm-up, the players who took part in Friday’s match completed a light workout, while the rest of the squad completed around 50 minutes of technical exercises. The squad will tomorrow complete their final session at the Sisport centre in the morning, before then leaving for Albania on Sunday afternoon. Scutari will host the Azzurri’s next World Cup qualfier, with the National Team taking on Albania on Monday evening (20:45 CEST).

Source: figc.it