The shirt numbers have been confirmed for the 23 Azzurri players involved in the second match in the UEFA Nations League tonight in Lisbon. At 20:45 CEST, the reigning European Champions Portugal will face Italy at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
Following the 1-1 draw against Poland at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna, Italy are set for a 26th meeting with Portugal. From the previous 25, the Azzurri have won 18, drawn two and lost five, including the most recent friendly in June 2015 in Geneva. From the previous meetings in Portugal, Italy have won six and lost four. The record is equal with three wins each in Lisbon although Italy haven’t won there in 31 years. Between 1925, 1987 there were three different venues starting with the Lumiar and José Alvalade stadiums and after 1956, there were four matches at the National Stadium. This will be the first match-up at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica or the Estadio da Luz as it’s more commonly known.
Shirt numbers for the Portugal match
Goalkeepers: 22 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), 12 Mattia Perin (Juventus), 1 Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);
Defenders: 19 Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), 13 Mattia Caldara (Milan), 3 Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), 4 Domenico Criscito (Genoa), 2 Emerson Palmieri Dos Santos (Chelsea), 15 Manuel Lazzari (Spal), 6 Alessio Romagnoli (Milan);
Midfielders: 21 Nicolò Barella (Cagliari), 16 Marco Benassi (Fiorentina), 23 Bryan Cristante (Roma), 18 Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), 5 Frello Filho Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Chelsea);
Forwards: 9 Andrea Belotti (Torino), 11 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), 20 Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), 8 Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), 14 Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), 17 Ciro Immobile (Lazio), 10 Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), 7 Simone Zaza (Torino).