Italy – Portugal
Italy hosts the European champion Portugal in a match from Group 3 of League A in the UEFA Nations League. This clash is going to be played at the Stadio San Siro in Milan. Let’s take a look.
After sensationally missing the World Cup in Russia this summer, Italy are trying to regroup under the management of their new head coach Roberto Mancini. So far their performance in the Nations League has been average, with the team winning 4 points from the first three games and having a record of one win, one draw and one loss. Right now the Azzurri are 2nd in the group, being on 2 points behind the current leader Portugal. This makes the game on Saturday very important, because Italy have the chance to lead the group after it.
The Italian side started its campaign with 1-1 draw against Poland at home, which was followed by a 0-1 loss against Portugal. They finally recorded a win in the previous round, when the Azzurri enjoyed a 1-0 win over Poland on Polish ground. The only goal in the game was scored by Cristiano Biraghi in the injury time. We can say that this was a little bit lucky for Italy.
Portugal on the other hand are leading the group with 6 points and a perfect record of 2 wins fromm 2 games played. Selecao beat Italy at home in their first game. This win was followed by another one – a dramatic 3-2 over Poland in Chorzow. Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva scored for the European champion, while Poland’s Kamil Glik scored himself an own goal.
That’s what we had to say about the Nations League clash between Italy and Portugal in Milan. That’s a crucial game for both teams. Have a good luck!