Azzurre await Portugal clash. Gama: “We know how much these games count”

Azzurre await Portugal clash. Gama: “We know how much these games count

“We’re well aware of how important Friday’s game against Portugal is and how tough they are as an opponent,” said Sara Gama. “We played them away from home last November, and it was a really difficult game. We’ll face a different side on June 8th, as they’ve grown since the last match. However, we’re also in a period of evolution.”

Speaking to Vivo Azzurro, the captain of the National Women’s Team issued a rallying cry ahead of Friday’s fixture, one that could ensure first place in the group and also their spot at the 2019 World Cup in France. 

“The crowd will be right behind us,” she continued. “Reiterating our slogan from the presentation, the fans will be our ‘12th woman out on the pitch’. Florence has a special relationship with Women’s football and there are many individuals here who also play for the Viola. It is further motivation for us to gift this to the Italian movement.”

There will be a press conference at 19:15 on Thursday evening before the team then train for the last time at the Stadio Franchi before the game (first 15 minutes open to the press).

Squad list

Goalkeepers: Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma), Emma Guidi (S. Zaccaria); Francesca Durante (Fiorentina Women’s FC); Katja Schroffenegger (Unterland Damen);
Defenders: Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Laura Fusetti (Brescia), Lisa Boattin (Juventus);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Alice Parisi (Fiorentina), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Eleonora Goldoni (Tennessee State University), Lisa Alborghetti (Mozzanica), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus), Manuela Giugliano (Brescia);
Forwards: Daniela Sabatino (Brescia), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Brescia), Cristiana Girelli (Brescia).

Staff – Head of the delegation: Barbara Facchetti; Coordinator of the Women‘s National Teams: Annarita Stallone; Head Coach: Milena Bertolini; Assistant: Attilio Sorbi; Secretary: Elide Martini; Fitness coach: Stefano D’Ottavio; Goalkeeping coach: Cristiano Viotti; Match analyst: Marco Mannucci; Doctors: Matteo Guzzini and Monica Fabbri; Physiotherapists: Roberto Cardarelli, Maurizio D’Angelo and Andrea Mangino; Nutritionist: Natale Gentile.

Ticket Info 

Tickets can be bought from TicketOne sales points and online at www.vivoazzurro.it and www.ticketone.it. On matchday, tickets can be bought at the stadium from the ticket office in Viale Valcareggi. It’s open between 10:00 CEST and 13:00 CEST and then again from 14:00 CEST until kick-off. 

Tickets cost 3 Euros for the Maratona section. 

Schedule

Wednesday 6th June
17:00 – Training (closed)

Thursday 7th June
19.15 – Press conference at the Stadio ‘Franchi’ (Coach and player)
20:00 – Training at the Stadio ‘Franchi’ (first 15 minutes open to the press)

Friday 8th June
20. 45 – ITALY-Portugal (Stadio ‘Franchi’). Meeting the media post-match

Group 6: Schedule, results and table
15th September: ITALY 5-0 Moldova
19th September: Romania 0-1 ITALY
19th September: Belgium 12-0 Moldova 
20th October: Belgium 3-2 Romania 
24th October: ITALY 3-0 Romania
24th October: Portugal 0-1 Belgium
24th November: Portugal 8-0 Moldova 
28th November: Romania 3-1 Moldova
28th November: Portugal 0-1 ITALY
6th April: Moldova 1-3 ITALY
6th April: Belgium 1-1 Portugal
10th April: ITALY 2-1 Belgium
10th April: Moldova 0-0 Romania
8th June: ITALY vs. Portugal
12th June: Romania vs. Portugal
12th June: Moldova vs. Belgium
30th August: Moldova vs. Portugal
31st August: Romania vs. Belgium
4th September: Portugal vs. Romania
4th September: Belgium vs. ITALY

Standings: Italy 18 points (6 games), Belgium 10 (5), Portugal 4 (4), Romania 4 (5), Moldova 1 (6). 

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