Threatened to stay out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Italy return to the field this Monday, October 9. It closes its participation in the group phase of the European eliminatory ones when facing Albania. The game, which is part of the schedule for the tenth round of the match will be held at Loro-Boriçi Stadium, in Shkodër from 15:45 .
Albania’s recent performance
In a private match with Israel for third place in group G, the Albanians even have some motivation for the match. Set on 13 points (four wins, one draw and four losses) after a 3-0 defeat to Spain in the ninth round, Albania are in the position before the ball rolls out on the final day. But the post is threatened by the Israelis.
On Friday, October 6, Israel defeated Liechtenstein 1-0 as a visitor and reached 12 points (four wins and five losses). You have the chance to win the position, but for this you will have to promote a surprise by defeating Spain, already classified.
The current form of Italy
The Italians have no ambition on the final day. When they drew 1-1 at home to Macedonia on Friday, they lost any chance of reaching the top spot in the group. With 20 points (six wins, two draws and one defeat), they are no longer able to overtake Spain, which added 25.
As only the champion of each key is entitled to the direct vacancy in the Russian World, the selection of Italy will need to play the recapture to try to obtain a place in the next World Cup. He will face another team that was in the same situation as the European qualifiers in two matches in November. A draw will determine the cross-over of the play-offs, but there is the possibility that the Italians will face, for example, the Portuguese national team.
History of the matches Albania vs Italy
The Italians won the only two games against the Albanians. In none of them suffered goals. The first victory happened in a friendly held in 2014 by the minimum score. The second, by 2 to 0, in the first round of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup Russia.