Italy hopes to continue the 30-game winning streak, as they played against the underdog Austria in their last 16 games at Wembley Stadium.
where is it: Wembley Stadium, London
When: Saturday, June 26
begin: 21:00 GMT
On Saturday, Italy may break the 82-year national record in the last 16 games against Austria in the 2020 European Cup.
Roberto Mancini, who took over after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, rebuilt the Azzurri as a contender.
Saturday’s victory may extend the team’s record of 30 undefeated games and surpass the record coached by two-time World Cup champion coach Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.
Italy easily advanced in the group stage and has not conceded a goal in the past 11 games.
They will enter the knockout stage for the first time against the Austrian team.
“Playing at Wembley should really be a treat, because…well, sometimes a player never gets the chance to play there in his life,” said former Manchester City coach Mancini.
“This is such a spectacular stadium, I hope we go there to play football, because this stadium is worth it.”
🗣️ “Marco Verratti played very well against Wales… He will definitely join Manuel Locatelli in the starting XI match now”
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 25, 2021
Austria defeated Ukraine 1-0 in the final game in a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands and finished second in Group C.
“We know that we are weak and it is difficult to judge our real opportunities, but even with 10%, you can achieve a lot,” said Austrian coach Franco Fuda.
“This team has achieved impressive results, but now we are focused on taking the next step and heading to Munich.”
At the same time, defender Leonardo Bonucci said that after only five players kneeled in the game against Wales, Italy will decide on Saturday whether to kneel.
Bonucci said on Friday: “Tonight we will hold a team meeting to decide what we should do tomorrow, and we should finish it before Italy-Wales.”
For Austrian captain David Alaba, “kneeling is a clear signal and has aroused people’s attention to racism. This is a very positive signal.”
“We all have the same opinion on this. We will do this again in the game against Italy,” the Real Madrid defender said.
Mancini added: “I think the most important thing is freedom of choice.”