Italy testing another group of players in this International Friendly game against Albania. There has not been previous friendly games between Italy and Albania.
Italy claiming a victory thanks to the own goal by Albania forward Hamdi Salihi in the 82nd minute. The goal following a corner seeing Italy forward Stefano Okaka with a headed shot deviated by Salihi, but on his way to clear it marked an own goal defeating Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.
Highlights of the match including the debut with the Italian National team of Torino defender Moretti, Genoa midfielder Bertolacci, Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin,
Italy adding fresh energy to the attack by making 2 substitutions in the 65th minute: Roma forward Mattia Destro replaced by Genoa forward Alessandro Matri, and forward Stefano Okaka replacing Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco.
In the 72nd minute, Coach Antonio Conte giving playing time to Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin replacing Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
In the 82nd minute Italy replacing Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci with Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi.
Stats before the game.
- Albania playing 90 games with 32 wins, 25 draws, and 33 lost.
- Italy playing 372 friendly games with 181 wins, 108 draws, and 82 lost. 215 games played at home and 153 in away games.
Here is ITALY official starting lineup by coach Antonio Conte:
ITALIA (3-5-2): Salvatore Sirigu; De Silvestri, Bonucci, Moretti; Alessio Cerci, Parolo, Alberto Aquilani, Bertolacci, Antonelli; Mattia Destro, Sebastian Giovinco
Italy official starting lineup against Albania with goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.
Here is ALBANIA official starting lineup by coach Base:
ALBANIA (4-5-1): Berisha 1, Hysaj 4, Cana 5, Mavraj 15, Agolli 7, Lila 2, Abrashi 22, Kukeli 13, Memushaj 20, Leniani 3, Cikalleshi 16.
Here is the current Standing after the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification Matchday 4…. Italy remaining in second position.
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Italy official starting lineup against Albania
Albania forward Hamdi Salihi in a duel with Italy forward Stefano Okaka
Italy 1 – 0 Albania
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Luigi Ferraris Stadium, Genoa, Italy
Referee: Arbitro: Harkham (Aut).
Goals: 82′ Hamdi Salihi (own goal)
Official formations – lineups: