FT: Portugal 1-0 Italy. It is. Portugal were by far the better team and deservedly take all three points. Italy lacked ideas are now bottom of the group.
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Portugal - Italy
UEFA Nations League - 11 September 2018
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Zaza gets on the end of Jorginho's dinked free-kick but can only head wide and that is likely that.
- Yellow cardPepePortugal
Pepe lunges in on Chiesa, studs showing, and deservedly gets booked.
Portugal spring yet another counter-attack and Martins chooses to go for a second goal rather than the corner. His initial pass in cut out and when he gets the ball back he does really well to find Bernardo Silva, but he wasn't expecting the pass and can't bring the ball under control.
Italy have a corner, Pepe heads it clear.
Four added minutes, can Italy create one last chance?
Portugal are content to play around in the corner now.
Martins, Sanches and Andre Silva combine on another quick break and Sanches shoots straight at Donnarumma. Bernardo SIlva was in space on the far side should he have looked up and the Manchester City man doesn't look thrilled about not getting a pass.
Bernardo Silva gets a warm round of applause but isn't going off just yet - Carvalho looks to be limping.
Good work from Martins, who wins a throw-in off Belotti deep inside Portugal's half.
- OffBryan CristanteItaly
- OnAndrea BelottiItaly
Mancini's last roll of the dice is to throw Belotti on for Cristante.
Italy have another corner and this time they actually use it well, Bonaventura whipping a cross in with pace and Zaza wining a header six yards out, but he's unable to keep the ball down.
The lively Bruma makes way for Martins.
Lovely interplay between Sanches and Bernardo Silva and the former then tries to find Andre Silva with a cheeky flick, but is unable to.
Cancelo crosses low for Andre Silva but the striker can't control it.
- OffDomenico CriscitoItaly
- OnEmerson PalmieriItaly
Emerson is also on, replacing Criscito.
- OnRenato SanchesPortugal
Sanches takes the place of Pizzi, who has been quiet but effective.
- Yellow cardDomenico BerardiItaly
Berardi is booked for clipping Bruma's heels, albeit it looked accidental.
Portugal rob Italy of the ball and spring a counter-attack, with Bernardo Silva finding Pizzi on the left, and his shot calls Donnarumma into action but it's a fairly routine save.
Another Italy corner, another Portuguese clearance.
Berardi's first contribution is to win a corner but Italy can't create anything from that either.
When the free-kick is eventually taken, Neves chips a cross to the back post but two Portuguese players are offside.
Berardi replace Immobile.
- Yellow cardFederico ChiesaItaly
Chiesa lunges in on Bruma and takes only man, no ball. Clear yellow card.
Cancelo denies Italy what would have been a decent chance with a good interception.
The corner leads to another, and the second is taken short to Bernardo Silva. He unleashes a fierce shot that's arrowing towards the top corner until Donnarumma tips it wide. Great save.
Andre Silva has his tail up now and wins a corner from nothing.
It wasn't pretty, but Italy can't say it wasn't coming.
- GoalAndré SilvaPortugal
GOAL! Portugal 1-0 Italy (Andre Silva). It's scrappy, but the ball breaks for Bruma not long inside the Italian half and he bursts forward before squaring the ball behind Andre Silva, who collects, composes himself and fires beyond Donnarumma and a few scrambling defenders to give Portugal the lead.
Portugal get the game back underway.
HT: Portugal 0-0 Italy. The hosts have been the better side, but clear-cut chances have been rare.
Pepe sees a shot from at least 40 yards blocked.
- Yellow cardRúben NevesPortugal
Neves now booked for something similar.
- Yellow cardDomenico CriscitoItaly
Criscito booked for a cynical foul on Carvalho.
After a cross is headed away, Jorginho, 25 yards out, volleys underwhelmingly at goal. His shot is deflected but Patricio still saves with relative ease.
Cancelo does well to thwart Immobile as he shapes to shoot inside the Portugal box.
Carvalho lashes a shot narrowly wide from quite far out.
Bruma volleys a cross well wide - so wide actually that the ball makes its way back to the crosser - and after the ball is recycled Pizzi gets blocked off in the box but the referee says no penalty. Italy, and Criscito, have got away with one there.
Portugal come close again and this time it's the bar that saves Italy, with Rui's driven cross being deflected onto it by Cristante.
Lazzari wins a corner after his dangerous cross is put behind by the Portuguese defence but it's the hosts who benefit as they launch a swift counter-attack from the set piece. Ultimately the ball ends up at Bruma's left foot and he drags the shot wide.
Bruma heads a deep cross back across goal, Donnarumma spills the cross and Bernardo Silva thinks he's going to score from close range but his effort is blocked on the line by Romagnoli.
Immobile sets up Zaza around ten yards from goal, but he takes too long to get his feet sorted and is squeezed for room so tries to repay the favour. Immobile isn't quite on the same wavelength though and Portugal scramble clear.
The crowd are doing a Mexican wave already, which tells you a fair bit about the game thus far.
Andre Silva showcases some quick feet to find room on the edge of the box and goes for goal, only to pick out Donnarumma with his effort.
Bruma cuts in from the left and attempts to curl one into the far corner, however the ball swerves the wrong way and goes wide.
Italy then fashion their best chance soon after, with Chiesa's low shot comfortable saved by Patricio.
Loose play at the back from Italy gifts Portugal a great three-on-two opportunity and Pizzi tees up Bernard Silva inside the area but, for reasons best known to him, he looks to find a Andre Silva rather than shoot and his pass is intercepted. It was on his weaker right foot to be fair.
Immobile wins Italy a corner after a prolonged spell of possession, Zaza heads well over.
Portugal win another corner but don't make good use of it. An assured start from the hosts.
Portugal work a corner to Neves, who puts in a delicious cross that Carvalho somehow conspires to head wide. He was offside though, so the goal wouldn't have counted.
Immobile has an early opportunity to run at Pepe, before the ball gets caught under his feet and the defender takes it away.
Chiesa gets the better of Cancelo - illegally in the eyes of the home fans - but fails to capitalise, crossing straight at Patricio.
The anthems are out of the way - two good ones, it must be said - and we're almost ready to go. Willie Collum of Scotland is the referee.
There's a tribute pre-game to Pepe, who won his 100th cap in Portugal's last match. He scored in that one, too.
We're just a few minutes from kick-off now as the two teams make their way onto the pitch.
This fella is also absent.
There’s no Mario Balotelli for Italy tonight - not even on the bench - after he was widely criticised in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Poland
Portugal have won only one of the last 11 meetings between the two nations, although that was the most recent in 2015. Euro 2016 hero Eder scored the game’s only goal.
Still confused by the Nations League? Here's all you need to know.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos says this competition is one his team will play "with total commitment." Portugal "will not look at this as a minor competition," he added, and said that he believes this is the group of players he will be using to defend the European crown in the summer of 2020.
Italy have won 18 of the 24 matches between these nations. They haven’t drawn since 1967.
Mancini did say there would be changes, but nine is quite a lot from one competitive fixture to another. He's clearly not settled on his best players then, or indeed the system he wants to play. They were far from impressive against the Poles though.
Mancini on the other hand makes nine changes - Jorginho and Gianluigi Donnarumma are the only survivors from Italy's draw with Poland.
Italy: Donnarumma, Lazzari, Caldara, Romagnoli, Criscito, Bonaventura, Jorginho, Cristante, Chiesa, Immobile, Zaza.
First the hosts, who name unchanged team from the one that drew with Croatia four days ago. So the youthful front three of Bruma, Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva remains.
Portugal: Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Rui, Carvalho, Neves, Pizzi, Bernardo Silva, Bruma, Andre Silva.
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