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.

Action from their 2009 group meeting
Action from their 2009 group meeting ©Getty Images

• 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 (not in the finals squad) and Ilaria Mauro on target in a 3-0 Italian success.

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