Matteo Pessina scored as Italy made it three wins out of three at Euro 2020 by beating 10-man Wales 1-0 to complete prime of Group A on Sunday with each groups advancing to the final 16. Pessina’s objective means Italy will play the runner-up from Group C within the subsequent spherical, with Wales dealing with the crew that comes second in Group B. In his thirty fifth sport in command of the Azzurri who did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Roberto Mancini’s facet additionally matched an 80-year Italian file.
Italy prolonged their unbeaten run to 30 video games — 25 wins and 5 attracts — a feat final achieved beneath two-time World Cup profitable coach Vittorio Pozzo between 1935 and 1939.
It was additionally an eleventh consecutive win with a clear sheet for Italy who had already booked their ticket to the knockout rounds with a sport to spare.
Italy will play Ukraine or Austria at Wembley on June 26 for a spot within the quarter-finals.
Wales, semi-finalists in 2016, suffered in a sport they performed a person down for many of the second half after Ethan Ampadu was despatched off for a foul on Federico Bernardeschi.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Wales’ all-time main scorer with 33 worldwide targets, couldn’t add to his tally lacking an opportunity for the equaliser within the last quarter of an hour.
Wales coach Robert Page made three adjustments to his beginning line-up, Ben Davies, Chris Mepham and Kieffer Moore dropping to the bench with the trio one reserving away from suspension.
Mancini additionally introduced in contemporary gamers for his or her last group sport with eight adjustments, and a three-man frontline with Federico Chiesa, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti proved decisive on his return from harm after a six-week layoff.
Belotti threatened after 12 minutes however Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward held agency with Emerson Palmieri then lacking an opportunity from a distance.
Rafael Toloi fired one other which took a deflection off his Atalanta teammate Pessina, into the arms of Ward, whereas Chiesa missed a chance to latch on a Belotti shot throughout objective.
But Pessina broke by means of six minutes earlier than half-time with a flick off a Verratti free-kick leaving Ward with no probability.
It was the primary objective for Italy in a significant competitors for the Atalanta participant who had been referred to as up as a late addition after Stefano Sensi’s harm.
Francesco Acerbi changed Leonardo Bonucci at half-time with a watch in direction of the knockout rounds.
Bernadeschi missed an opportunity for a second after the break with a free-kick from distance hitting the put up.
And Wales’ activity received much more troublesome when Ampadu was despatched off 10 minutes after the break for a late problem which caught Bernadeschi’s ankle.
Cardiff City striker Moore got here off the bench after an hour instead of Joe Morrell with Bale reverting again to midfield.
Bale missed a golden probability to degree after 75 minutes with Moore crossing for the unmarked skipper who volleyed over.
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