After both missing out on places at the 2022 World Cup, Italy and Austria will instead meet under friendly conditions on the same day the world’s biggest sports competition kicks off in Qatar. Both the Azzurri and Das Team exited World Cup qualifying in the UEFA play-off semi-finals, where Wales eased Austria out of the running while Italy lost out to North Macedonia. Sunday’s clash in Vienna will instead be the last time either country plays in 2022, ready to turn their attention towards Euro 2024 qualifying in March next year.
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Austria has failed to get the better of Italy in eight meetings to date, with two draws spaced 37 years apart being the best they’ve managed against the four-time world champions.
Roberto Mancini’s men needed extra time to beat Austria when these sides met at Euro 2020 last year, a round-of-16 blockbuster that preceded Italy’s famous title triumph at Wembley.
Former Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has since taken charge of Austria but has shown signs of struggling, going five matches without a win at the helm after beating Croatia 3-0 in his debut.
An 87th-minute decider from star forward Marko Arnautovic clinched an underwhelming 1-0 win over Andorra on Wednesday, but Italy will pose a much larger threat after winning their last three.
Udinese forward Simone Pafundi recently made his senior international debut in a friendly win over Albania, with the 16-year-old becoming the youngest player to represent Italy since 1911:
The teenage prodigy has only played 22 minutes of Serie A soccer but has etched his name as one player to keep an eye on, with Austria his next opportunity to impress Mancini.
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