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Italy-Belgium, the final of the losers in the League of Nations

Italy-Belgium, the final of the losers in the League of Nations

Before the final of the League of Nations Spain-France in Milan, the semi-final losers Italy and Belgium meet in Turin (1300 GMT) in a match for third place that will serve both teams to continue preparing for the World Cup qualification. Qatar-2022.

In addition, Belgium will try to take revenge in the quarterfinals of the last European Championship, when they lost 2-1 to the Azzurri.

“Third in the League of Nations, it is useless, I don’t know why we are playing this game, it will be a friendly more than anything else,” said Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after losing at the last minute to France (3-2) in a match in which his team won by two goals.

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The bronze medal is not a motivation for the players, who also chain matches every three or four days with their clubs, but it is an opportunity for the coaches to continue preparing the qualification for the Qatar-2022 World Cup, which takes place in just one anus.

Italy, the European champions in July, will try to re-float after breaking their record 37-game undefeated series against Spain.

“We are going for the victory, we must look forward again, in addition to the FIFA classification,” said Italian media Manuel Locatelli on Friday, who could be a starter at home, on the Juventus field, less than two months after signing for the ‘Bianconeri’.

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– Bonucci suspended –

Italy, fifth in a world rankings dominated by Belgium, have to defend their place in the Top-7, synonymous with seeded in April in the group draw for the World Cup (eighth will be hosted by Qatar).

But first they must achieve their classification: Azzurra have a decisive match for the first place of their group against Switzerland on 12 November in Rome (0-0 in the first leg).

“Now we have to focus on November, we must beat Switzerland and qualify for the World Cup,” Azzurra captain Giorgio Chiellini said on Wednesday.

Following their success in the European Championship, Italy have only won one of their last four games (5-0 against Lithuania), drawing against Switzerland and Bulgaria, and losing to Spain.

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Against Belgium, their coach, Roberto Mancini, will not be able to count on Leonardo Bonucci, suspended after seeing the red against Spain, and could innovate in attack, after the little impact of the Chiesa-Bernardeschi-Insigne trio.

With strikers Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti lost due to injury, young Giacomo Raspadori (Sassuolo) could have a chance.

For Belgium, Roberto Martínez could also rotate after the disaster in the semifinals. The Spanish coach will not have Eden Hazard, who suffered a blow in the final stretch against France. AFP (HN)

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