World Cup qualifier Liveblog: Italy vs. Lithuania

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the World Cup qualifier as Italy host Lithuania and the pressure is on already.

It kicks off at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

The Azzurri followed UEFA EURO 2020 with two stalemates against Bulgaria and Switzerland, which left their status at the top of this group in doubt and the threat of the deadly play-offs looming.

The head-to-head with the Swiss may well be decisive, but first and foremost they cannot afford to drop more points against a Lithuania side that has lost all four matches.

Injuries are piling up too, so it’s a revamped side for Roberto Mancini, who have the all-time world record by going 36 games unbeaten.

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