Northern Ireland vs Italy LIVE: Stream, TV channel, score and teams

ITALY have a big task on their hands as they take on Northern Ireland in a crucial final World Cup qualifying game in Belfast.

The Euro 2020 winners spurned their chance to reach Qatar earlier this week when Jorginho blazed his penalty over in a 1-1 draw against Switzerland.


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And now they must defeat Northern Ireland, who are fighting for pride and the opportunity to finish the group in third.

Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and after losing out in the play-offs, which they’ll have to navigate once again if they don’t match the result Switzerland achieve at home to Bulgaria.

That means even a win at Windsor could end up not being enough if the Swiss win by a margin of two goals more.

  • TV channel: Sky Sports Premier League
  • Live stream: Sky Go (subscribers)/Now TV (non-subscribers)
  • Northern Ireland XI: Peacock-Farrell; Cathcart, Evans, Flanagan; Lewis, Dallas, Davis, McCann, Saville; Whyte, Magennis.
  • Italy XI: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Emerson; Tonali, Jorginho, Barella; Berardi, Insigne, Chiesa.
  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    14. Beradi played in over the top down the right flank.

    He beats Lewis to the ball but his cross wasn’t quite accurate enough to hit Chiesa at the far post.

    But Italy have had joy up against Lewis twice already as they look to be targetting the Norwich man.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    13. Foul by Barella on McCann sees another long ball launched forwards which the Italians struggle to deal with.

    N. Ireland press high and do well before the ball is given away.

    Home side showing promise here.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    11. The home fans are buoyed by that show of intent.

    Cries of ‘NORRRRTHHHERRRRNNN IREEEEELANNNDDDD’ ring out around Windsor Park.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    9. N. Ireland’s first foray into Italy’s half sees them win a free-kick.

    It’s lobbed into the middle but headed over by Cathcart.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    CHANCE!

    7. Insigne fizzes a superb diagonal to Di Lorenzo in the right hand channel, he tries to lob Peacock-Farrell and he tips it wide.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    5. N. Ireland win a free-kick in the middle of the park.

    That could be their best hope of getting something out the game – break up play and stop the Italians from getting into a rhythm.

  • N. IRELAND 0 – 0 ITALY

    2. Possession with Italy so far.

    Could be a long night of shadow chasing for the home side.

  • KICK-OFF!

    Game on!

    Northern Ireland 0 – 0 Italy!

  • GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

    Next up is Northern Ireland.

    The singer whips off her jacket to reveal a Northern Ireland top first before blasting out God Save the Queen.

    Windsor Park is rocking.

    GAME ON!

  • AND THE TEAMS ARE OUT!

    It’s time for the national anthems.

    Italy’s iconic Il Canto degli Italiani first up.

    The whole starting XI rock and sway together as they blast it out in sync with the away end.

    And Leo Bonucci cries… obviously.

  • FEEL THE BURN

    Italy’s stars are out to warm up ahead of the huge clash at Windsor Park.

    Although Northern Ireland can finish no higher than third in Group C, it will improve their seeding for the next Nations League.

    Italy are currently tied on points with Switzerland with the two only separated by goal difference.

    The Swiss face Bulgaria at home tonight needing to better Italy’s result – or equalling it but improving their goal difference by two more than the Italians – to qualify.

  • IT’LL BE AL-WHITE

    Northern Ireland legend Norman Whiteside fears a strong Italy as the Azzurri seek to avoid the play-offs at Windsor Park tonight.

    The 56-year-old said it’ll be an ‘uphill task’ for the green and white army but reckons playing the European champions should be motivation for Ian Baraclough’s men to perform well.

  • GREEN ARMY

    Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough has rung the changes for Italy’s visit.

    It is a far more defensive team than the one that beat Lithuania 1-0 at home last Friday.

    The victims of the change around are Paddy McNair, Conor Washington and Shane Ferguson.

    And there are staring places for Tom Flanagan, Gavin Whyte and Jamal Lewis in their places.

  • FEELING BLUE

    Italy need a result tonight or they risk dropping into the play-offs after drawing 1-1 with Switzerland last time out.

    As a result, Roberto Mancini has named a strong starting XI for tonight’s game with eight of the line-up having started the Euro 2020 final win over England.

    Francesco Acerbi, Sandro Tonali and Domenico Berardi are the only changes to that Wembley team.

    Marco Veratti, Giorgio Chiellini and Ciro Immobile are the absentees.

  • TEAM NEWS IS IN!

    Northern Ireland face Italy tonight at Windsor Park and here’s how the teams line up.

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