By Football Italian staffThe Italian national team will face Greece on Tuesday in their last home game of the qualifying campaign, with the hosts already in a position to qualify for Euro 2016.
The match, which is scheduled for 3pm (18:00 GMT), will be played in the Coliseum of San Giovanni dei Venezia, located in the northeastern part of the city, as it is home to the prestigious Stadio San Giovanni.
The Giallorossi are currently in the third round of the qualifiers, where they have a one point advantage.
This is a key fixture for Italy, as they have lost their last two qualifiers, while Greece have won all four of their games so far.
The result in Rome would see the Giallors host Italy in a repeat of the 1-0 win in June.
Despite the result, though, the match will not be a crucial one.
With only two points on the board, and the prospect of the team not qualifying for Euro 2020 in the same year, the home leg of the group stage would have to be the last one, even if it did end up being decided on the pitch.
“The game is going to be important, because it will be a test of the whole team,” Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni told Sky Sport Italia.
“We are in a difficult situation and we are facing two really strong teams.
It is difficult to say, but I do think it will give us a good chance to make it through.”
If we don’t go out, we will probably have to go out with the same result as we had on the day.
We need to win the match, or we are going to lose, which would mean we won’t be in the qualifying for next year.
“A win would be enough to secure Italy a place in the quarter-finals, where Greece are also in the competition.
It would also guarantee the team a place at Euro 2020.
Italy have won five of their six qualifiers so far, with a draw being the most recent one.
They were knocked out of the 2014 tournament in the first round, but bounced back to qualify by beating Sweden in the last-16 and qualifying again by beating Ukraine in the second round.