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Nations League: Portugal qualify for finals after Italy draw

Portugal earned the point they needed to reach the finals after playing out a goalless draw with Italy at the San Siro on Saturday night.

Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio (L) celebrates with Portugal's defender Mario Rui at the end of the UEFA Nations League group 3 football match Italy vs Portugal at the San Siro Stadium in Milan on November 17, 2018. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO

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Italy host Portugal at the San Siro tonight (20:45 CET) knowing they must beat the Group A3 leaders to keep their hopes of reaching the Nations League finals alive.

The Italians sit two points behind the Portuguese - but having played a game more - and would already be out of the race to qualify had it not been for a last-gasp Cristiano Biraghi goal in Poland last month, one that gave the Azzurri only their second win in seven matches since Roberto Mancini was appointed as coach in May.

The hosts must now see off Portugal this evening, and hope the European champions fail to beat Poland in Guimaraes on Tuesday, if they are to stand a chance of topping the group.

Having claimed two wins from two so far in the Nations League, meanwhile, Portugal can ensure their passage to the last four if they pick up a point tonight - and are in pole position to be at June's finals despite being without star man Cristiano Ronaldo since the World Cup.

With coach Fernando Santos this summer agreeing to give Ronaldo a break from Portugal duty until 2019the Juventus star is also absent from this month's squad.


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