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  • March 29, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadion Dynamo im. Valery Lobanovsky, Kyjiv (Kiev)
  • Referee: A. Nikolaev
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International friendly preview: Ukraine - Italy

International friendly preview: Ukraine - Italy

Italy, fresh from their win over Slovenia on Friday, are set to lock horns with Ukraine in an international friendly at the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Ukraine: Pyayov; Fedetskiy, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Romanchuk; Gusev, Tymoshchuk, Stepanenko, Aliyev; Yarmolenko, Devic

Ukraine


Italy: Viviano; Maggio, Gastaldello, Chiellini, Criscito; Montolivo, Marchisio, Nocerino; Aquilani; Rossi, Gilardino

Italy




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ukraine will co-host Euro 2012 along with Poland.
  • Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has 103 caps for the national team.
  • Ukraine are winless in their last five matches (D4 L1).
  • Andriy Shevchenko is Ukraine's all time leading scorer with 45 goals.
  • Italy beat Ukraine 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
  • Mario Balotelli and Daniele De Rossi were left out of the squad for disciplinary reasons.
  • The Azzurri have outscored Ukraine 7-1 in their last three head-to-head meetings.
  • Giuseppe Rossi is the only player in coach Cesare Prandelli's 25-man squad who plies his trade outside of Serie A.
  • Brazilian-born Thiago Motta scored the only goal of the game in Italy's 1-0 win over Slovenia in Euro 2012 qualifying on Friday.

LAST MEETING

 

September 12, 2007: Ukraine 1-2 Italy

Italy took the lead in the crunch Euro 2008 qualifier courtesy of Antonio Di Natale's goal five minutes before the half-time interval. Andriy Shevchenko put Ukraine back on level terms in the second half before Di Natale completed his brace in the 77th minute to give the Azzurri a crucial victory in Kiev.

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Players to watch

O. Husyev

Position: Midfielder

Games: 1

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The 27-year-old has been in scintillating form for club side Dynamo Kiev and starred in both legs of the Europa League triumph over Manchester City recently. He will pull the strings in midfield for Ukraine and will give the Italian backline plenty to think about on Tuesday.

G. Rossi

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Villarreal striker has been scoring goals for fun in La Liga and will be keen to impress Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli on Tuesday. The 24-year-old will likely partner Alberto Gilardino in attack and Rossi will be counted upon to provide the goals for the Azzurri.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts will field a strong starting XI against the Italians on Tuesday evening but the Azzurri have a good track record against Ukraine and should leave Kiev with a victory under their belt.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Ukraine

Italy

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Ukraine UKR
Ukraine Ukraine
Draw
Italy ITA
Italy Italy
81%

Top 3 Predictions

Ukraine UKR
0 - 2
Italy ITA
Ukraine UKR
1 - 2
Italy ITA
Ukraine UKR
1 - 3
Italy ITA

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