The nine Juventus players away with their national sides will be taking to the field once again this evening for the last round of World Cup Qualifiers before the tournament gets underway in Brazil next summer.
First in action will be Kwadwo Asamoah, who is set to take part in a highly-anticipated play off first-leg tie against Egypt.
Ghana’s opponents won all six of their group matches, while the Black Stars scored more goals than any other side despite experiencing defeat against Zambia, so it is sure to be a fascinating match-up. Asamoah and team-mates will be playing at home at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
There is less pressure on the five of Antonio Conte’s men representing Italy tonight against Armenia in Naples. The Azzurri qualified early for the World Cup back on 10 September thanks to a 2-1 victory against Bulgaria, but will still no doubt be looking to end on a high.
Next to take the field for his national side will be Paul Pogba, with France lining up against Finland at the Stade de France. Les Bleus have guaranteed at least a spot in the play-offs, but in order to clinch first place in Group I, Spain would have to concede four at home to Georgia, something the World Champions – undefeated in qualifying – look unlikely to do.
But France will be feeling in fine form after a 6-0 win over Australia on Friday, a game in which Juventus’ young midfielder played 63 minutes.
The final match of the day features Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla. The two Chileans will be looking to guide their team across the qualification finish line against Ecuador in Santiago, where a draw tonight would be enough to see them book their ticket to the finals in Brazil.
Ecuador won 3-1 in the previous fixture, though, so the pair will need to be at their best to ensure they get to travel to the greatest show on earth next summer.