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Tuesday October 16 2018
Mertens scores, Ilicic sees red

Napoli forward Dries Mertens scored a stunner as Belgium drew 1-1 with the Netherlands, while Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic saw red for Slovenia.

It was a mixed bag this evening for Serie A players on international duty.

Inter defender Joao Miranda decided Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win against Argentina, although Juventus star Paulo Dybala went off with a right knee injury.

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Sunday October 14 2018
Mertens: 'Juve unconvincing'

Dries Mertens insists Napoli are still in for the Scudetto, as “Juventus haven’t entirely convinced me yet,” discusses his future and missing Maurizio Sarri.

The Partenopei are already six points adrift of the leaders after losing the head-to-head in Turin 2-1, despite having taken the lead with Mertens.

“It was a very unlucky game, but Napoli proved we are up there this season. We fought hard and went for the victory, showing no fear,” the Belgian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday October 13 2018
SMS agent in Belgian scandal?

While English papers claim Jose Mourinho wants Sergej Milinkovic-Savic at Manchester United, there are reports the Lazio star’s agent is caught up in the Belgium scandal.

Mourinho was in the stands to watch Serbia’s Nations League win over Montenegro and SunSport claim he is plotting another attempt to coax the midfielder from Lazio.

The 23-year-old only signed a new contract with the Aquile last week and his price-tag is over €100m.

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Thursday October 11 2018
Di Biagio: 'Italy deserved more'

Coach Gigi Di Biagio insists Italy “would’ve felt a draw wasn’t enough” after their friendly defeat to Belgium.

The Azzurrini continue their build-up to the European Under-21 Championships and will host Tunisia on Monday evening.

They pushed forward for long periods in Udine today, but Luca Valzania only hit the post in stoppages, whereas Francis Amuzu was on target with a scorcher.

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Thursday October 11 2018
U21: Belgium beat Italy

A strike from Franciz Amuzu gave Belgium the friendly win in Udine, but Italy Under-21s were unlucky to see Luca Valzania hit the post.

The Azzurrini continued the build-up to the European Under-21 Championships with friendlies against Belgium and on Monday Tunisia.

Claud Adjapong rode a tackle to roll across for Luca Vido, but De Wolf got a crucial interception, then Davide Calabria’s powerful strike from distance sailed over the bar.

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Thursday October 11 2018
U21 line-ups: Italy-Belgium

Moise Kean, Manuel Locatelli and Rolando Mandragora star for the Italy Under-21 side in a friendly against Belgium this evening.

It kicks off at the Dacia Arena in Udine at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Coach Gigi Di Biagio continues the build-up to the European Under-21 Championship and will face Tunisia in Vicenza on Monday.

Juventus striker Kean leads the attacking trident, aged only 18, with support from midfielders Mandragora of Udinese and Sassuolo’s Locatelli.

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Wednesday October 10 2018
‘Azzurrini aiming for final’

Italy Under-21 Coach Luigi Di Biagio is aiming to reach the European Championship final on home soil next summer.

Italy and San Marino are hosting the tournament in June, with the final to be played at Udinese’s Dacia Arena.

“To come back and play here we’ll need to reach the final, because otherwise we won’t be involved at the Dacia Arena,” Di Biagio told reporters on a visit to Udine today.

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Tuesday October 9 2018
U21: Marchizza added to Italy squad

Italy’s Under-21 side has called in Crotone defender Riccardo Marchizza for a friendly against Belgium after Sebastiano Luperto and Giuseppe Pezzella pulled out.

The game kicks off at the Dacia Arena in Udine on Thursday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

It will be followed by another test with Tunisia at the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza on Monday at 17.30 UK time (16.30 GMT).

Coach Gigi Di Biagio has lost both Napoli defender Luperto and Udinese left-back Pezzella.

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Friday October 5 2018
Nainggolan: Belgium, Roma, Barca…

Radja Nainggolan says leaving Roma ‘didn’t depend’ on him, his Belgium retirement is final and that Inter can beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

Nainggolan’s move to Inter was a bolt from the blue, given he had always expressed his loyalty to Roma, while the midfielder abandoned Belgium after he was overlooked for the World Cup in Russia.

However, he helped the Nerazzurri take maximum points from their opening two Champions League games, scoring in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over PSV.

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Tuesday September 18 2018
U21: Italy face Belgium and Tunisia

The Italy Under-21 side will face Belgium in a friendly on October 11 and then Tunisia on October 15.

The Azzurrini will host their Belgian counterparts at the Dacia Arena in Udine on Thursday October 11.

They will then play at the Stadio Romeo Menti in Vicenza against Tunisia on Monday October 15.

Gigi Di Biagio’s men are gearing up for the European Under-21 Championship, which will be hosted by Italy and San Marino.

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