The Azzurre have been training for the fourth consecutive day in Novarello, where they are preparing for their next France 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Portugal. Top of Group 6 with Belgium thanks to wins in the opening three matches (nine goals scored and none conceded), Italy will be in search of their fourth on Tuesday 28th November in Estoril at 17:00 local time or 18:00 CET at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium.
After Valery Vigilucci was injured during Fiorentina’s last Champions League fixture and replaced by Federica Di Criscio, the Head Coach Milena Bertolini will also have to do without Marta Carissimi who picked up an injury with her club. Res Roma’s Flaminia Simonetti has been called up to replace her and she’s expected to arrive at Novarello.
The full squad
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), Federica Di Criscio (Brescia), Linda Tucceri Cimini (Zaccaria);
Midfielders: Aurora Galli (Juventus), Martina Rosucci (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Greta Adami (Fiorentina), Sara Tardini (Sassuolo), Flaminia Simonetti (Res Roma), 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 5-0 Moldava
19th September 2017: Romania 0-1 ITALY
24th October 2017: ITALY 3-0 Romania
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 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
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