Date: 10 September 2018
Time: 20:45 CEST, 2.45 PM Eastern, 18:45 UTC
All Time Record: Italy v Portugal: 18W 2D 5L
Previous Result: Italy 0-1 Portugal, 16 June 2015
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Portugal will be without Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, as he is not playing in the tournament, but Portugal still has a formidable roster, including former AC Milan striker André Silva, Wolverhampton’s Reuben Neves & Rui Patricio, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Benfica pair Pizzi & Gelson Fernandes, and Real Betis midfielder William Carvalho.
Italy will be seeking to jump-start their attack, so look for Fioretina Frederico Chiesa to start, and Sassuolo’s young striker Domenico Berardi will also likely play as well. Milan’s Giacomo Bonaventura came on as a second half sub against Poland, and Milan’s keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will, barring injury, get the start between the pipes for the national team today.
Can Italy get a result against Portugal on the road? While a draw will be considered a good result, Italy really needs a win to get some momentum and confidence back into the squad. Hopefully an influx of young talent will push the Azzurri back to winning ways.