The Women’s National Team’s path for the World Cup will continue on Tuesday 28th November in Portugal. Top of Group 6 with Belgium thanks to wins over Moldova and Romania, Milena Bertolini’s side will now face Portugal at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium in Estoril at 17:00 local time or 18:00 CET. Portugal are bottom with Moldova and Romania who all have no points although Portugal have only played once.
The Coach today called up 23 players to her squad which will gather at the Novarello Villaggio Azzurro on Sunday 19th November to prepare before they travel to Estoril on Saturday 26th November.
Goalkeepers: Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Laura Giuliani (Juventus), Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Valery Vigilucci (Fiorentina), Linda Tucceri Cimini (Zaccaria);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Sara Tardini (Sassuolo), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Valentina Bergamaschi (Brescia), Manuela Giugliano (Brescia);
Forwards: Daniela Sabatino (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Brescia), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia).
Staff – Delegation Head: Barbara Facchetti; Coach: Milena Bertolini; Assistant Coach: Attilio Sorbi; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness Coach: Stefano D’Ottavio; Goalkeeping Coach: Cesare Cipelli; Match Analyst: Marco Mannucci; Doctors: Matteo Guzzini, Marco Scarcia; Physiotherapist: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile.
Results, standings and schedule for Group 6
15th September 2017: ITALY-Moldava 5-0
19th September 2017: Romania-ITALY 0-1
24th October 2017: ITALY-Romania 3-0
Standings: ITALY 9 points (3 games played), Belgium 6 (2), Moldova (2), Romania (3) and Portugal 0 (0)
The Azzurre’s upcoming fixtures
28th November 2017: Portugal-ITALY
6th April 2018: Moldova-ITALY
10th April 2018: ITALY-Belgium
8th June 2018: ITALY-Portugal
4th September 2018: Belgium-ITALY
N.b The top teams from each of the seven groups will progress directly to the World Cup, while the four second best teams will take part in play-offs to see who’ll advance to France