A goal from Matteo Pessina was enough for Italy to extend their unbeaten record to a whopping 30 games as the Azzurri take top spot in Group A, much as predicted in the Euro 2020 betting Odds. 10-men Wales fought hard after Ethan Ampadu was sent off in the 55th minute of the game for a relatively soft call but failed to convert their chances.
Mateo Pessina scored the game’s only goal in the 39th minute, converting a low set-piece from Marco Verratti in the far corner. Also, the Dragons were forced to play the last 35 minutes with ten men. A loose tackle from Ethan Ampadu made him sit out for the remainder of the match with a direct red card. Despite that, the Welshmen fought well against the resilient Italian defence and even created a few quality chances to no avail. Had they been more clinical in the final 3rd, the score line could have been much different.
Mancini made eight changes in the starting lineup from their previous fixture as all they needed was a draw to remain and end the stage as group leaders. The goalscorer Pessina enjoyed a first start to the tournament in style as the 2012 finalists maintained their perfect record. Italy’s stellar form continued as they made it 30 matches since their last defeat. Roberto Mancini’s side also reached a landmark 1000 minutes since they last conceded a goal in a run spanning over 11 games. Their formidable attack and sturdy defence have indeed made the Azzurri one of the favourites on the Euro 2020 Winner Odds.
Wales brought in their A-game from the training ground with brilliant set-piece moves on both ends of the pitch but failed to apply the final finish. James fired in a corner kick that met the left-back Gunter’s head, who put it inches away from the top left-hand corner of the post, while Gareth Bale, with his hefty standards, sent a relatively easy chance skywards on the volley towards the end of the game.
The other result in Group A ended with Switzerland beating Turkey 3-1, meaning that both Italy and Wales made it to the RO16. The Welsh national team, semi-finalists in the 2016 edition, can be proud of their defensive performance but need to work on converting the chances on the other end of the pitch. The experience and quality of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey did not shine on the pitch for them.
The Dragons are a quality side with some top quality players among their ranks. However, if they seek to match or better their heroics from 2016, Wales need to step up and be decisive in crucial moments of the match.
After a solid performance in the group stage, Italy will be going into the next round with their heads held high. The Welsh, also securing a place in the knockout stage with second place, will have to wait for the third round of ties in Group B to figure out their opponents in the RO16. This Italy vs Wales Euro 2020 post-match analysis has brought us to the beginning of the end of the group stages and closer to the much-awaited knockouts.
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