Italy v San Marino Live Commentary & Result, 28/05/2021, Friendlies

There are just two differences to the side that Franco Varella last selected for San Marino against Albania, with Hirsch and Grandoni both coming in. Vitaioli, who has scored for his country, starts on the bench.

Roberto Mancini gives some of the fringe players a chance today ahead of his decision of who to keep in his 26-man squad for the Euros. Kean gets a chance to lead the line, while Gianluca Mancini, Toloi, Pessina and Bernardeschi are the only players to stay in from Italy’s last match against Lithuania.

SAN MARINO SUBS: Cristian Brolli, Michael Battistini, Simeone Benedettini, David Tomassini, Alessandro Golinucci, Matteo Vitaioli, Alessandro D’Addario, Lorenzo Lunadei, Michele Cevoli, Alex Stimac, Kevin Zonzini.

SAN MARINO STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Elia Benedettini; Manuel Battistini, Filippo Fabbri, Dante Rossi, Andrea Grandoni; Mirko Palazzi, Marcello Mularoni; Fabio Tomassini, Adolfo Hirsch, Enrico Golinucci; Nicola Nanni.

ITALY SUBS: Alessandro Florenzi, Nicolo Barella, Salvatore Sirigu, Andrea Belotti, Ciro Immobile, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Matteo Politano, Alessandro Bastoni, Domenico Berardi, Manuel Locatelli, Lorenzo Insigne, Alex Meret.

ITALY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Alessio Cragno; Rafael Toloi, Gianluca Mancini, Gian Marco Ferrari, Cristiano Biraghi; Gaetano Castrovilli, Bryan Cristante, Matteo Pessina; Federico Bernardeschi, Moise Kean, Vincenzo Grifo.

Italy’s preparations for the Euros start here with their first of two friendly games before the start of the tournament. Roberto Mancini’s side are unbeaten in their last 25 games in all competitions (W20 D5), winning the last six on the bounce. Their last loss came in the Nations League against Portugal in September 2018. They face a San Marino side that are winless in their last nine in all competitions, but they have drawn two of those (L7).

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between Italy and San Marino at the Sardegna Arena!

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