Italy to play 2 friendlies before 2018 World Cup

Italian football federation said that the two friendlies between Italy and Russia will be played in 2017 and 2018.

By: AP | Rome | Updated: October 20, 2016 12:59 am
Italy will play Russia under new coach Giampiero Ventur, who replaced Antonio Conte. (Source: Reuters) Italy will play Russia under new coach Giampiero Ventur, who replaced Antonio Conte. (Source: Reuters)

Italy and Russia will play two friendlies before the 2018 World Cup following a new partnership between the federations.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) says after a meeting in Moscow between its president Carlo Tavecchio and Vitaly Mutko, sports minister and president of the Football Union of Russia, that the matches will be in 2017 and 2018.

Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup.

In five previous meetings with Russia, Italy has won three matches, drawn one, and lost one.