Roberto Mancini Seeks First Italian Victory Against Les Bleus
Tonight at 21h00, France will take on Italy in an international friendly as Les Bleus continue their preparations for the World Cup in Russia. The Italians, on the other hand, did not qualify for this year’s showpiece, however, they will want to give the French a run for their money at the Allianz Riviera stadium.
The Egyptians will be without their number one attacker in Mohamed Salah after the goal-poacher suffered a shoulder injury in the UEFA Champions League final when his club, Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid when they battle Colombia. The match is scheduled to start at 21h15 today (Friday).
Match of the Week
France v Italy (International Friendly)
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FIFA Rankings: France 7th & Italy 20
Useful facts: Rivalry doesn’t exist only in club football. If you need concrete evidence on this, look no further than the long-standing rivalry between Italy and France. For many years, whenever the two sides have collided they have lived up to expectations and delivered top quality football and thrills on the field. Five World Cup triumphs have been achieved between the two countries. With the 2018 World Cup kicking off in Russia in two weeks, this will be a great warm-up ahead of the world’s biggest football tournament between the 2006 World Cup finalists.
Harold Ndlovu: France
Egypt v Colombia (International Friendly
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FIFA Rankings: Egypt 46th & Colombia 16th
Useful facts: The Egyptians will look to put the Mohamed Salah injury worries aside when they take on the Colombians for their final pre-World Cup friendly taking place in Italy. The Liverpool star player suffered a shoulder injury in the early minutes of the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid last weekend. It has been reported that the 23-year-old might possibly miss Egypt’s opening World Cup encounter. However, the Pharaohs will look to tie up any loose ends as they prepare for the big stage in Russia. Meanwhile, this is a third World Cup warm-up friendly for the South American country, having played the likes of France and Australia earlier this year.
Harold Ndlovu: Egypt