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Azzurre in the Netherlands in their EURO 2025 quest

The match against group leaders is on Friday (20:45 CEST live on Rai Sport) while the final fixture, against Finland, is set for next Tuesday in Bolzano (19:00 CEST) Italy, currently third, must finish in the top two of Group 1 to qualify for the tournament

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Azzurre in the Netherlands in their EURO 2025 quest

After two weeks of training, the Women's National Team will depart their camp in Brunico this afternnon and land on Dutch soil later in this evening. Flying to Maastricht, the Azzurre will then move onto nearby Sittard, a town in the south of the Netherlands, where they will face the home team, top of the group with a two-point advantage over Norway and Italy, on Friday (20:45 CEST live on Rai Sport) in the penultimate match of EURO 2025 qualifying.

At the Fortuna Stadion, togetherness, courage and - as the name of the stadium suggests - also a pinch of good fortune, which was missing in the last two matches against Norway. It is the team led by Gemma Grainger that Italy must take over (The Azzurre are currently third in light of a worse goal difference) in the last 180 minutes of Group 1 action to book a automatic place in the Finals, with the top two teams from each League A group going through. It will therefore be essential to pick up points against the Oranje to avoid finishing three points behind the Scandinavians (ahead of their game on Friday in Finland) and hope in the last round of matches, set to be played on Tuesday.

This morning, the 33 players at Andrea Soncin's disposal carried out their final training session at the Riscone base, focusing - as has been the case for a few days now - on tactics. At 18:30 CEST tomorrow, the final session before the game will be done in 12,500-seater stadium that will host the match, with the coach having the opportunity to put the final details in place and decide which 23 players will be part of the matchday squad that will decide the fate of the group.

Squad List

Goalkeepers: Rachele Baldi (Fiorentina), Laura Giuliani (Milan), Katja Schroffenegger (Fiorentina), Margot Shore (Hellas Verona);
Defenders: Elisa Bartoli (Roma), Valentina Bergamaschi (Juventus), Lisa Boattin (Juventus), Lucia Di Guglielmo (Roma), Maria Luisa Filangeri, Martina Lenzini (Juventus), Elena Linari (Roma), Elisabetta Oliviero, Julie Piga (Milan), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Angelica Soffia (Milan);
Midfielders: Arianna Caruso (Juventus), Giulia Dragoni (Barcelona), Aurora Galli, Manuela Giugliano (Roma), Giada Greggi (Roma), Eva Schatzer (Juventus), Emma Severini (Fiorentina);
Forwards: Chiara Beccari (Juventus), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Agnese Bonfantini (Juventus), Michela Cambiaghi (Inter), Sofia Cantore (Juventus), Michela Catena (Fiorentina), Valentina Giacinti (Roma), Benedetta Glionna (Roma), Cristiana Girelli (Juventus), Martina Piemonte (Everton), Annamaria Serturini (Inter).

Calendar, results and table of Group 1 (League A)

Matchday 1: ITALY 2-0 Netherlands, Norway 4-0 Finland

Matchday 2: Finland 2-1 ITALY, Netherlands 1-0 Norway 

Matchday 3: Norway 0-0 ITALY, Netherlands 1-0 Finland 

Matchday 4: Finlandia 1-1 Netherlands, ITALY 1-1 Norway

Matchday 5 (12 July): Netherlands vs. ITALY (20:45 CEST, Sittard), Finland vs. Norway (19;00 local time, 18:00 CEST, Turku)

Matchday 6 (16 July): ITALY vs. Finland (19:00 CEST, Bozen), Norway vs. Netherlands (19:00 CEST, Bergen)

Table: Netherlands 7 points, Norway and ITALY 5, Finland 4