Netherlands vs Italy Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: February 6, 2013 TIME: 7:30 PM UTC
Vanue: Amsterdam Arena — Amsterdam
Orange will be looking for their first-ever friendly win over Azzurri team. The 2010 World Cup finalists have never come out victorious from non-competitive matches.
Two power international teams of European Football face off again in a friendly match. They have all chances to meet once again in the World Cup next year. Netherlands and Italy have met seventeen times, with the Dutch side coming out victorious on only three games.
The Netherlands are top of their qualifying group D with four wins from possible four games. They are expecting a comfortable qualification. Holland have a few teams going three points behind, but they already have been beaten. Their last five games have seen four wins and one draw with Germany. Robin van Persie needs only two more goals to equal the legendary Johan Cruyff with 33 strikes.
Italy also leads their qualifying group B with ten points from first four games. They are four points above Bulgaria and could easily top the group. Their current form has seen three wins, one draw and one defeat at home to France with the score 1-2. Italy won 3-1 win over Netherlands the last time these sides met in the Amsterdam Arena. Captain Gianluigi Buffon is thirteen games short of record-holder Fabio Cannavaro, with 136 appearances. Salvatore Sirigu, Marco Verratti and Davide Santon are the only three players in the Italy team, who represents their country abroad.
Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal will have to play without Michel Vorm, Nigel de Jong, Erik Pieters and Luciano Narsingh due to injuries. Also, such experienced players like Maarten Stekelenburg, John Heitinga, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben were all left out of this clash cause of various reasons. Van Gaal has seven players younger than 25. All they could feature from the starting minutes. Daley Blind, Ola John and Jonathan de Guzman could all make debuts on Wednesday.
Cesare Prandelli can’t count on Sebastian Giovinco, after Juventus forward was forced to pull out of the team due to a thigh problem. Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Balzaretti, Christian Maggio and Claudio Marchisio all are unavailable cause of injuries.
Netherlands line-up:Krul, Van Rhijn, De Vrij, Mathijsen, Martins Indi, Clasie, Maher, Strootman, Kuyt, Van Persie, Lens.
Last three matches:
Netherlands 0 – Germany 0;
Romania 1 – Netherlands 4;
Netherlands 3 – Andorra 0.
Italy line-up:Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Astori, Santon, Montolivo, Pirlo, Giaccherini, Candreva, Balotelli, El Shaarawy.
Last three matches:
Italy 1 – France 2;
Italy 3 – Denmark 1;
Armenia 1 – Italy 3.