- Italy beat Wales today, while Switzerland routinely handled Turkey.
- Italy and Wales are in the knockout stage of EURO 2020.
- Switzerland hopes to be among the top four third-placed teams and also secure the next round.
Italy remained perfect, beating Wales, but the Dragons aren’t too disappointed with today’s result. On the other hand, Turkey goes home following today’s loss to Switzerland.
Azzuri finished first in Group A, beating Wales 1-0 today. Roberto Mancini’s boys ended this part of the championship with all three wins and without a goal allowed, which only shows their fantastic form. Also, the Italian team didn’t lose in the past 30 matches, with Mancini tying the national record held by Vittorio Pozzo.
Today’s victory came following Matteo Pessina’s score in the 39th minute. He would net after a well-played action and Marco Verratti’s cross that hit him perfectly.
Overall, the Italians were much better, and they dictated the tempo throughout the entire match. Federico Bernardeschi had a chance to double the lead, hitting the post from the free-kick, and several other players have also been in the position to score.
Gareth Bale missed the entire goal from a few yards, with his team being behind. That moment of the match will haunt all the Wales fans for a long time.
Their center-back Ethan Ampadu was sent off after one reckless tackle, and he won’t be able to help his players in the round of 16.
Switzerland Smashes Turkey
These two sides played to keep the hope for reaching the next stage. Switzerland was far better than the Turks, beating the rivals with 3-1. Everything was obvious after the opening 45 minutes when Vladimir Petkovic’s unit reached a 2-0 lead.
Haris Seferovic broke the bank, while Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri added two more goals for the Swiss team, sealing the win in the 68th minute, when he set the final result. Six minutes earlier, Kahveci gave Turkey some hope, but all that was short-breathed.
Turks opened the match very well, having several excellent attacks, yet none of them resulting in a goal. That was partially because of their poor finishing, but also due to Switzerland’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
This contest saw 40 goal attempts and 15 shots on goal, which is the most so far in the tournament.
Italy and Wales in the Knockout Stage, Switzerland Unsure
The Italians won first place in Group A with nine points in three games and a combined goal difference of 7-0. Wales is second with four points, one win, loss, and draw each, as they had a better goal difference compared to Switzerland.
Dragons scored three and allowed two goals, while Switzerland netted five times, conceding five. They now have to wait and see all other results and hope to be among the top four third-placed teams.
Turkey sits dead last without any points and with just one goal scored while having eight allowed on the other side.
Monday brings matches from Group B and Group C.