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Euro 2020 Qualifying Game Time Thread: Italy vs. Finland

Is it time to ... MAKE ... SOME ... MOISE!

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Ever since Roberto Mancini took control over the Italian national team, the goal has been to bring along the new wave of talent and get the squad to be competitive again by the time that qualification for the 2020 European Championships rolled around.

Well, as of tonight, qualifying has begun for the Azzurri.

And based on the starting lineup, the youngsters will be the ones who set the tone in tonight’s game against Finland at the Stadio Friuli in Udine.

The biggest highlight? Well, at least for the folks who care about Italy around here? That’s 19-year-old starlet Moise Kean, who is officially making his first-ever senior squad start tonight after he got his full international debut back in November against the United States.

This is a big night for Moise.

This is a big night for Italy as a whole.

So much of the Mancini doctrine since he took over was to bring in the young talent, give them a chance to show what they can do and give Italy a new identity after failing to qualify for last summer’s World Cup.

Tonight is a chance to show that the progress that Mancini has been talking about is a real thing. And, you know, it would be nice for Italy to score more than one goal in a competitive international fixture for the first time since 2017. Just throwing that out there.


When: Saturday, March 23, 2019

Where: Dacia Arena, Udine, Italy

Official kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. local time in Italy and across Europe; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time; 12:45 p.m. Pacific Time


Italy starting XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Piccini, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Verratti, Jorginho, Barella; Bernardeschi, Immobile, Kean

Italy bench: Sirigu, Cragno, Mancini, Spinazzola, Pavoletti, Grifo, Romagnoli, Sensi, Politano, Quagliarella, El Shaarawy, Zaniolo

Finland starting XI: Hradecky; Granlund, Toivio, S. Vaisanen, Arajuuri, Pirinen; Lod, Sparv, Kamara; Hamalainen; Pukki

Finland bench: Joronen, Jaakkola, Taylor, Jensen, Schuller, Soiri, Kauko, L. Vaisanen, Sumusalo, Lam, Karjalainen, Lappalainen


Television: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League (United Kingdom); RAI Uno (Italy)

Online/mobile: ESPN+, Univision Deportes En Vivo (United States); Sky GO Extra (United Kingdom); RAI Play (Italy)

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