NEWS
Friday September 7 2018
Nations League Liveblog: Italy v Poland

Join us for all the build-up and action from Italy’s debut UEFA Nations League match against a Poland side packed with Serie A talent.

It kicks off at the Stadio Dall’Ara in Bologna at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

This new tournament format has been criticised as overly-complicated, but you can read more about it and Italy’s group – which includes Portugal – in our handy guide.

This is also the first competitive match for Italy CT Roberto Mancini, who has to pick up the pieces after Gian Piero Ventura failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

While Poland did enter with expectations of being dark horses after winning nine out of 10 qualifiers, they crashed out in the first round and their new boss is Jerzy Brzeczek.

There are eight members of the current Poland squad who ply their trade in Serie A, including Piotr Zielinski, Arkadiusz Milik, Wojciech Szczesny and Bartosz Bereszynski.

Italy have a strong record against Poland, winning five, drawing six and losing only three.

The Nazionale will visit Portugal for the second match on Monday night.