Football: another tournament for Italy and « Gigio »

At 9 p.m. this Saturday, June 26, goalkeeper Donnarumma’s Squadra Azzura, announced to PSG, will be favorites against Austria in the round of 16.

With the round of 16 against Austria this Saturday, June 26 (9 p.m., live on M6 and Bein Sports), another Euro starts for Italy, as for his goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, so far more occupied with the finalization of his probable transfer to Paris SG than with the opposing attackers. Voltage? Totally mastered. Reflexes? Always excellent. Temperature ? Rising. The medical examination that the Italian doorman spent Monday in Rome, under the control of a PSG doctor, went well, it seems.

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No more obstacle therefore seems to be able to prevent the ex-goalkeeper of AC Milan from leaving for Paris. Gianluigi Buffon, ex-goalkeeper of Azzurri and PSG, even wished him « good luck » in « a city and a wonderful club ». « Gigio » will now be able to focus more calmly on the Euro as the knockout phase begins.

Not that he has seemed disturbed so far: Donnarumma has been impeccable on the few interventions he had to make against Turkey (3-0), Switzerland (3-0) and Wales (1-0) ). Even if it must be recognized that Italy has not really been rushed, dictating the tempo and mastering these three matches. Even the few whistles aimed at him during the last match in Rome, when he came out to offer Salvatore Sirigu a few minutes, left him unmoved – the press saw the protest of Milan fans disappointed at his departure.

Do better than Buffon

Against Austria, qualified for the eighth with authority at the expense of Ukraine (1-0), the level of requirement will undoubtedly pass a course. Just like the pressure on this now propelled Italy among favorites of the tournament after his nice first round.

For Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Euro is an opportunity to make himself better known abroad, he who is already considered a very great in Italy despite his only 22 years. Successor of Buffon in the goal of the « Nazionale », he is already ahead of the times of the record holder of the selections (176 between 1997 and 2018). The scallop of nearly two meters (1.96 m) will honor against Austria its 30th selection, a milestone that « Gigi » had only reached at 24 years old.

Line-ups: Italy without Chiellini?

Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci (cap.), Acerbi, Spinazzola – Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli or Verratti – Berardi, Immobile, Insigne. Doubtful: Florenzi (calf), Chiellini (thigh). Suspended in case of warning: Pessina. Austria Bachmann – Lainer, Dragović, Hinteregger, Alaba (cap.) – Laimer, Grillitsch, X. Schlager – Sabitzer, Baumgartner – Arnautović. Absent: Lazaro (thigh). Suspended in case of warning: Alaba, Bachmann, Lainer.

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