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UEFA Nations League: Italy - Portugal Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

ItalyItalyStadio San Siro - MilanSaturday 17 November 2018
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group A3 - Matchday 5
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Nations League
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/09/2018GS-FTPortugal - Italy1-0
LisbonAndré Silva 48
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
17/11/1993QR (GS)Italy - Portugal1-0
MilanD. Baggio 83
24/02/1993QR (GS)Portugal - Italy1-3
PortoCouto 57; R. Baggio 2, Casiraghi 25, D. Baggio 74
1988 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
05/12/1987PR (GS)Italy - Portugal3-0
MilanVialli 8, Giannini 87, De Agostini 89
14/02/1987PR (GS)Portugal - Italy0-1
OeirasAltobelli 40
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/12/1957QR (GS)Italy - Portugal3-0
MilanGratton 36, 72, Pivatelli 84
26/05/1957QR (GS)Portugal - Italy3-0
LisbonManuel Vasques 41, Teixeira 83, Matateu 87
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Italy - Squad list
League phase
1Salvatore Sirigu12/01/198731Torino - 00
12Alessio Cragno28/06/199424Cagliari - 00
22Gianluigi Donnarumma25/02/199919Milan - 30
2Mattia De Sciglio20/10/199226Juventus - 00
3Giorgio Chiellini14/08/198434Juventus - 20
4Cristiano Biraghi01/09/199226Fiorentina - 21
13Francesco Acerbi10/02/198830Lazio - 00
15Daniele Rugani29/07/199424Juventus - 00
19Leonardo Bonucci01/05/198731Juventus - 20
21Emerson Palmieri03/08/199424Chelsea - 10
5Roberto Gagliardini07/04/199424Internazionale - 10
6Marco Verratti05/11/199226Paris - 10
7Lorenzo Pellegrini19/06/199622Roma - 10
8Jorginho20/12/199126Chelsea - 31
16Alessandro Florenzi11/03/199127Roma - 10
18Nicolò Barella07/02/199721Cagliari - 10
20Matteo Politano03/08/199325Internazionale - 00
23Vincenzo Grifo07/04/199325Hoffenheim - 00
9Kevin Lasagna10/08/199226Udinese - 10
10Lorenzo Insigne04/06/199127Napoli - 20
11Domenico Berardi01/08/199424Sassuolo - 10
14Federico Chiesa25/10/199721Fiorentina - 30
17Ciro Immobile20/02/199028Lazio - 10
-Roberto Mancini27/11/196453 - 30
Portugal - Squad list
League phase
1Rui Patrício15/02/198830Wolves - 20
12Cláudio Ramos16/11/199127Tondela - 00
22Beto01/05/198236Göztepe Izmir - 00
2João Cancelo27/05/199424Juventus - 20
3Rúben Dias14/05/199721Benfica - 20
4Luís Neto26/05/198830Zenit - 00
5Raphaël Guerreiro22/12/199324Dortmund - 00
6José Fonte22/12/198334LOSC - 00
19Mário Rui27/05/199127Napoli*20
21Cédric31/08/199127Southampton - 00
7Bruma24/10/199424Leipzig - 10
8Renato Sanches18/08/199721Bayern - 20
10João Mário19/01/199325Internazionale - 00
11Bernardo Silva10/08/199424Man. City - 21
13Danilo09/09/199127Porto - 10
14William Carvalho07/04/199226Betis*20
15Rafa Silva17/05/199325Benfica - 10
16Bruno Fernandes08/09/199424Sporting CP - 10
17Gonçalo Guedes29/11/199621Valencia - 00
18Rúben Neves13/03/199721Wolves*20
20Pizzi06/10/198929Benfica - 20
9Éder22/12/198730Lokomotiv Moskva - 00
23André Silva06/11/199523Sevilla*22
-Fernando Santos10/10/195464 - 20

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Mancini

Date of birth: 27 November 1964
Nationality: Italian
Playing career: Bologna, Sampdoria, Lazio, Leicester (loan)
Coaching career: Fiorentina, Lazio, Internazionale Milano (twice), Manchester City, Galatasaray, Zenit, Italy

• Spent the majority of his playing career in Italy, winning Serie A titles and UEFA Cup Winners' Cups with both Sampdoria and Lazio as well as six editions of the Coppa Italia, four with Sampdoria and two with Lazio. Capped 36 times by Italy, the forward was a bronze medallist at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

• Started his coaching career as assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson at Lazio before replacing Fatih Terim at Fiorentina in 2001. After leading the Viola to the Coppa Italia, he returned to Lazio and repeated that feat as well as steering the Roman club into the UEFA Champions League and to the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 2002/03.

• Became coach of Inter in July 2004, replacing Alberto Zaccheroni one day after terminating his contract with Lazio; led the Nerazzurri to Coppa Italia glory in his debut season, Inter's first domestic honour since the 1989 Scudetto. After Juventus were stripped of their 2005/06 title and AC Milan suffered a points penalty, Inter were finally crowned champions of Italy again. Mancini repeated that success in 2006/07.

• Left Inter in May 2008 despite winning another title and replaced Mark Hughes as manager of Manchester City midway through the 2009/10 Premier League season. City finished fifth in his first campaign, third in his second – when they also lifted the FA Cup – and dramatically won the top flight for the first time in 44 years on the final day of his third.

• City finished second the following season, but Mancini was sacked two days after losing to Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final. Mancini succeeded Terim again that September at Galatasaray, winning the 2014 Turkish Cup in what proved his only season; returned to Inter for two seasons from 2014 before joining Russian club Zenit in 2017, stepping down the following year to take charge of Italy.


Fernando Santos

Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: Benfica, Estoril (twice), Marítimo
Coaching career: Estoril, Estrela da Amadora, Porto, AEK Athens (twice), Panathinaikos, Sporting CP, Benfica, PAOK, Greece, Portugal

• A left-back, Santos – who holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before spending most of his career with Estoril.

• He retired from playing in 1987, going immediately into coaching at Estoril, where he was head coach for six years, guiding the club to two promotions and into the Portuguese top flight.

• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK again and Benfica.

• He then revived PAOK's fortunes after taking over in 2007, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012.

• Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding Greece to the last 16, before stepping down. He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal; two years later, Santos and his team reached the last 16 of the World Cup.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeDanny Makkelie (NED)
  • Assistant refereesMario Diks (NED) , Hessel Steegstra (NED)
  • Additional assistant refereesKevin Blom (NED) , Pol van Boekel (NED)
  • Fourth officialErwin Zeinstra (NED)
  • UEFA DelegateRainer Koch (GER)
  • UEFA Referee observerVladimir Antonov (MDA)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Danny Makkelie28/01/1983153

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
22/11/2012UELGSNewcastle United FCCS Marítimo1-1Newcastle
06/09/2013WCQRNorthern IrelandPortugal2-4Belfast
18/06/2015U21GS-FTEnglandPortugal0-1Uherske Hradiste
09/10/2016WCQRFYR MacedoniaItaly2-3Skopje
02/11/2016UCLGSBorussia DortmundSporting Clube de Portugal1-0Dortmund
16/02/2017UELR32Villarreal CFAS Roma0-4Villarreal
04/04/2018UCLQFFC BarcelonaAS Roma4-1Barcelona

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Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group A3 - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (07/09/2018)
    Italy 1-1 Poland
    0-1 Zieliński 40, 1-1 Jorginho 78 (P)
    Donnarumma, Chiellini, Jorginho, Balotelli (61 Belotti), Insigne (71 Chiesa), Biraghi, Pellegrini (46 Bonaventura), Gagliardini, Bonucci, Bernardeschi, Zappacosta
  • Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Portugal 1-0 Italy
    1-0 André Silva 48
    Donnarumma, Criscito (74 Emerson Palmieri), Jorginho, Romagnoli, Zaza, Bonaventura, Caldara, Chiesa, Lazzari, Immobile (59 Berardi), Cristante (79 Belotti)
  • Matchday 4 (14/10/2018)
    Poland 0-1 Italy
    0-1 Biraghi 90+2
    Donnarumma, Chiellini, Verratti, Jorginho, Insigne, Chiesa, Biraghi, Florenzi (84 Piccini), Bonucci, Bernardeschi (81 Lasagna), Barella
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)


  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 2 (10/09/2018)
    Portugal 1-0 Italy
    1-0 André Silva 48
    Rui Patrício, João Cancelo, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Bruma (77 Gelson Martins), André Silva, Bernardo Silva, Rúben Neves, William Carvalho (86 Sérgio Oliveira), Mário Rui, Pizzi (74 Renato Sanches)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2018)
    Poland 2-3 Portugal
    1-0 K. Piątek 18, 1-1 André Silva 31, 1-2 Glik 43 (og) , 1-3 Bernardo Silva 52, 2-3 Błaszczykowski 77
    Rui Patrício, João Cancelo, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Bernardo Silva (90 Bruno Fernandes), André Silva, William Carvalho, Rafa Silva (84 Danilo), Rúben Neves, Mário Rui, Pizzi (74 Renato Sanches)
  • Matchday 5 (17/11/2018)
  • Matchday 6 (20/11/2018)

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