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Euro 2021: Italy flawlessly, Wales also qualified for the knockout stages

Three out of three. Already qualified for the round of 16, and with a reshaped team, Italy won its third group match, Sunday, June 20, against Wales (1-0) at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. For this meeting, Roberto Mancini’s players notably recorded the return to the starting lineup of Marco Verrati.

Relive the matches: Italy and Wales qualified for the round of 16, Switzerland on waivers

And in a match largely dominated by his team, it is through the Parisian environment that his team passed to force the Welsh lock. At the 39e minute, Pessina has indeed arisen perfectly on a free kick taken by Verrati to register a goal with the flat foot on which Ward could not do anything.

Subsequently, the Welsh tried to react but were far too imprecise and inoffensive to approach the Italian cage. Reduced to ten after the exclusion of Ampadu for a nasty sole on Bernardeschi (55e), they failed to endanger Donnarumma, except on a cover of Gareth Bale (75e), which deserved much better than soaring into the Roman sky.

Thanks to this victory, Italy records a 30e consecutive match without defeat and is placed as one of the favorites of this Euro. It is in any case one of the teams that shows the most certainty and confidence in its game since the start of the competition. For its part, despite this defeat in Rome, Wales of Gareth Bale won second place and his ticket to the round of 16 with four points and a better goal difference than Switzerland.

Switzerland on waivers to finish in the best third

The Nati, she will have to wait a few more days before knowing if she can continue the competition or if she is eliminated. Thanks to their 3-1 victory against Turkey, Switzerland has four points and can still hope to finish in the top four third (out of six pools in all).

Jostled at the start of the match, the Swiss reacted perfectly by opening the scoring with an unstoppable strike from Seferovic (6e). Ten minutes later, Shaqiri was cleaning Cakir’s skylight (26e), and failed to aggravate the mark in stride. The Nati can harbor regrets, it missed balls of three and four zero when Turkey saved its honor from a majestic roll-up of Kahveci (62e).

With three Turks crowned champions of France, Burak Yilmaz’s teammates had great ambitions for Euro 2021. But this Sunday, Senol Günes’ men once again lacked precision and came up against a Swiss goalkeeper, Sommer, author a great match (four saves for the first period alone). In Baku, Turkey recorded their third loss in a row and left the competition without pocketing a point.

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