Liveblog: Northern Ireland vs. Italy

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the final 2022 World Cup qualifier, as Italy need a victory in Northern Ireland and to keep an eye on Switzerland’s result with Bulgaria.

It kicks off at Windsor Park in Belfast at 19.45 GMT.

The Azzurri are currently joint top of the group with Switzerland, ahead only on goal difference at +11 compared to +9, so they need to match the other result and hope to maintain the superior goal difference.

If they are level on goal difference, Switzerland have the upper hand thanks to more away goals in their head-to-head record.

It won’t be easy, as Italy have never won in Belfast, emerging with two draws and a very costly 2-1 defeat in 1958, which ruled them out of the World Cup.

Northern Ireland have not conceded a single goal in home fixtures throughout the group, but are fresh from a 1-0 win over Lithuania, their first victory here in two-and-a-half years.

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