NEWS
Friday September 2 2011
Line-ups: Spain-style Italy face Faroes

Cesare Prandelli sticks with the same side that beat Spain in tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier in the Faroe Islands.

The Coach declared he would be making no changes to the starting XI that saw off World and European champions Spain 2-1 in a friendly last month.

This means Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano again lead the line with Riccardo Montolivo as trequartista. Kick-off is at 19.45 UK time.

Christian Maggio and Domenico Criscito complete the defence with Andrea Ranocchia and Giorgio Chiellini, while the midfield has Thiago Motta, Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi.

Italy are very close to securing qualification for the 2012 European Championships, having earned 16 points from six games, putting them five points clear at the top of Group C.

The Faroe Islands have lost all three meetings with the Azzurri, but picked up four points from their last two qualifiers, drawing 1-1 with Northern Ireland and beating Estonia 2-0.

That win over Estonia was their first victory in European Championship qualifying for 16 years. The previous success was against San Marino in October 1995.

The last time they faced off in Torshavn was June 2, 2007 and it took a last-gasp Pippo Inzaghi brace to earn a 2-1 victory.

Faroe Islands: Torgard; Naes, Baldvisson, Gregersen, J Davidsen; Justinussen, Olsen, Holst, Benjaminsen; Edmundsson, Elttor

Faroe Islands bench: Joensen, Danielsen, V Davidsen, Lokin, Mouritsen, Samuelsen, Udsen

Italy: Buffon; Maggio, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito; Thiago Motta, Pirlo, De Rossi; Montolivo; Cassano, Rossi

Italy bench: Sirigu, Pazzini, Marchisio, Balotelli, Balzaretti, Aquilani, Bonucci

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