NEWS
Monday May 28 2018
Liveblog: Italy v Saudi Arabia

Join us for the build-up and action to Roberto Mancini’s debut on the Italy bench, a friendly against Saudi Arabia.

It kicks off in St Gallen, Switzerland, at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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The Azzurri begin a new era this evening with Mancini taking over as CT for this game, then France on June 1 and the Netherlands on June 4.

Giampiero Ventura was sacked in November after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and Under-21 boss Gigi Di Biagio was given the interim role for friendlies against Argentina and England in March.

With Mancini’s arrival, we should also see Mario Balotelli’s first Italy appearance since the 2014 World Cup.

The Nazionale are without a victory since their 1-0 World Cup qualifier away to Albania on October 9, followed by two draws and two defeats.

The last time they scored more than one goal was in the 5-0 qualifier against Liechtenstein on June 11, 2017, managing a total of four goals in the next eight matches.

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