Italy v Russia: Women's EURO facts

Italy would be more than happy to keep up their run of 2-0 UEFA Women's EURO wins against Russia as they open Group B in Rotterdam.

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  • Italy have never failed to reach the last eight of a UEFA Women's EURO and are on a run of three consecutive 2-0 wins against Russia in this competition.
  • They met in the 2009 group stage in Helsinki and goals in the last 13 minutes from Melania Gabbiadini and Tatiana Zorri took Italy through at Russia's expense in a group topped by Sweden.
  • Italy and Russia were then drawn together in 2013 qualifying. The Azzurre triumphed 2-0 home and away.
  • Pamela Conti scored both goals in Italy's home game and Patrizia Panico struck twice in Russia.
  • Russia did win their two other competitive encounters, 3-1 away and 2-1 at home in 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying.
  • Current Russia coach Elena Fomina played in both matches and scored in the 3-1 victory. She was also involved in the 2009 group fixture.
  • Including friendlies, the sides have met nine times with Italy winning six to Russia's three and leading 15-7 on goals.
  • Their most recent meeting was in December in Brazil, Sara Gama, Valentina Bergamaschi and Ilaria Mauro on target in a 3-0 Italian success.