Following wins against Moldova and Romania, the Women’s Senior Team begin the road to qualification of 2019 World Cup in France. Top of Group 6 on full points, Italy will face Romania once more on Tuesday 24th October at the Stadio Teofilo in Castel di Sangro at 15:00 CEST. It’s just over a month since the last meeting in Cluj thanks to a goal from Bonansea which was deflected in.
Absent from the World Cup finals since 1999, Italy are looking to hang on to top spot and qualify directly while the four best runners-up from the six groups will contest the playoffs for the final two places in France. Coach Milena Bertolini has called up 23 players with Sassuolo Sara Tardini and Fiorentina’s Alice Tortelli receiving their first call-ups. After taking part in the training camp ahead of the summer’s European Championship, Fiorentina’s Greta Adami is also back in the set-up.
Goalkeeper: Chiara Marchitelli (Brescia), Laura Giuliani (Juventus), Rosalia Pipitone (Res Roma);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Fiorentina), Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Sara Gama (Juventus), Alice Tortelli (Fiorentina), Elena Linari (Fiorentina), Valery Vigilucci (Fiorentina);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Marta Carissimi (Fiorentina), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Sara Tardini (Sassuolo), Sandy Iannella (Sassuolo), Valentina Bergamaschi (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: Antonio Ponzo and Marco Scarcia; Physiotherapist: Roberto Cardarelli and Andrea Mangino; Nutrionist: Natale Gentile.
Results and Standings
15th September 2017: ITALY 5-0 Moldava
19 September 2017: Romania 0-1 Italy
Standings: ITALY 6 points, Belgium 3, Moldova, Romania and Portugal 0
24th October 2017: ITALY vs. Romania (15:00 – Castel Di Sangro)
28th November: Portugal vs. ITALY
6th April 2018: Moldova vs. ITALY
10th April 2018: ITALY vs. Belgium
8th June 2018: ITALY vs. Portugal
4th September 2018: Belgium vs. ITALY