The Italians had already assured their progress from Group A, however they assured themselves of first place with victory, whereas Wales secured a berth too by ending forward of Switzerland on purpose distinction.
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The Swiss, who might nonetheless advance as one of the 4 finest third-positioned teams, beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku.
Italy are actually unbeaten in 30 video games, equalling their all-time finest run recorded from 1935 to 1939, and saved a clear sheet for an eleventh consecutive match to underline their credentials as potential match winners.
Pessina volleyed the dominant hosts in entrance at a full of life Stadio Olimpico after 39 minutes as they put in a formidable show regardless of coach Roberto Mancini making eight adjustments to his beginning line-up.
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Wales’ job was made tougher when defender Ethan Ampadu was despatched off within the 56th minute for a stamp on Federico Bernardeschi’s ankle minutes after the Italian winger’s free-kick had struck the put up.
Italy’s relentless stress continued as they pushed for a second, however Gareth Bale squandered a uncommon probability to earn Wales a draw when he volleyed over unmarked from 12 yards.
Italy will face the runners-up of Group C subsequent in London on June 26, whereas Wales will tackle the runners-up of Group B on the identical day in Amsterdam.
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With Italy already by to the knockout levels, Mancini made eight adjustments to his workforce, a joint report quantity for the Azzurri between video games at a serious match.
But the brand new-look Italy aspect appeared comfy on a scorching, muggy night in Rome.
Andrea Belotti flashed a shot large from a good angle, Chris Gunter headed narrowly over from a nook for the Welsh and Federico Chiesa’s volley was deflected off the road throughout a frantic 5-minute spell halfway by the half.
Marco Verratti, making his first look at Euro 2020 after a prolonged harm lay-off, was influential in midfield and performed a key function within the purpose after 39 minutes as he gained a free-kick on the appropriate wing and swung it in to the close to put up for Pessina to end.
It was Italy’s seventh purpose of the match, matching their finest-ever tally from the 1998 World Cup after three group stage matches at a serious match.
Mancini’s aspect had been inches away from a second early within the second half when Bernardeschi cannoned a free-kick off the foot of the put up, and some minutes later the Italy winger had his foot stamped on by Ampadu, main to the defender’s dismissal.
Wales’ job obtained even tougher once they had been lowered to 10 males, and the Italian stress continued as Belotti’s shut-vary shot was blocked by Danny Ward.
Wales had a golden probability to snatch a draw when a free-kick was headed into the trail of the unmarked Bale within the space, however the skipper blasted his end over the bar.
Mancini made certain to give all 11 of the gamers who began the last recreation no less than some relaxation, as Leonardo Bonucci and Jorginho had been changed within the second half and even goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was taken off within the last minute of regulation time.