Northern Ireland look to stun Italy

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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier 

Group C

Northern Ireland v Italy Windsor Park 

Belfast, Northern Ireland 
Monday, 15 November 2021
Kick-off is at 21h45
Northern Ireland will square off with Italy in a 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier - Group C match on November 15. 
The two teams are set to clash for the ninth time across all competitions since their first meeting in 1957.
Italy have dominated this rivalry having recorded six wins compared to Northern Cape's one victory, while one game ended in a draw.
Northern Ireland were held to a 0-0 draw by Switzerland in their last home game in the World Cup qualifiers on September 8 and they are scheduled to host Lithuania on November 12.

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The Green and White Army are winless in their last four home matches in the World Cup qualifiers having recorded two successive defeats and two consecutive draws as the hosts.  
“It’s important we finish on a high. It’s key for morale and it’s key for rankings," Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell said ahead of their clashes with Lithuania and Italy. 
"We’re going to finish this campaign on a high and that’s what we plan to do. From a selfish point of view, we goalkeepers love keeping clean sheets. It’s our equivalent of strikers and goals. 
"For the team it gives the lads the opportunity to go and win the game.  If I can do my job at my end of the pitch it gives the outfield players a chance to do what they can at the other end. It’s key for us to stay in games and to be able to nick a goal here or there.”

Federico Chiesa
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While Italy were held to a 0-0 draw by Switzerland in their last away game in the World Cup qualifiers which was played on September 5.
The Blues are undefeated in their last three matches on the road in the World Cup qualifiers having registered two successive victories and one draw as the visitors.
The last meeting between Northern Ireland and Italy was on 25 March 2021.
Italy emerged 2-0 winners over Northern Ireland in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier which was played at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in Parma.


Matches - 8
Northern Ireland - 1
Italy - 6
Draws - 1

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Published: 11/12/2021