Strengthened by the mathematical qualification for the round of 16 of the competition, which took place at the end of the second race, Roberto Mancini opted for the turnover, changing for 8/11 the formation ofItaly seen against Switzerland last Wednesday. Inside, therefore, the defenders Emerson and Toloi, the midfielders Pessina and Verratti and the attacking trio Chiesa, Bernardeschi and Belotti. Little thing about Wales who showed up at the Olympic Stadium in Rome aware that a narrow defeat would have guaranteed him the almost certainty of second place in the group. A match managed from the first to the last minute by Italy, who took the lead on 39th with a goal by Matteo Pessina, a young attacking midfielder of Atalanta, able to be ready for a free kick beaten by Marco Verratti.
⏰ RESULT ⏰
?? Italy through as Group A winners thanks to Pessina strike
??????? Wales into Round of 16 with second-place finish
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The expulsion of the Welsh Ampadu in the 55th minute has then – in fact – anesthetized the match, with the Azzurri taking possession of the ball and the national team led by Robert Page in a defensive position to keep the result 1-0. The numbers in the match story speak clearly, with 64% ownership by Italy and the total shots that have settled at 23-3. National team totally in control, so much so that other rookies in the competition, such as Cristante, Raspadori, Castrovilli and even the goalkeeper Sirigu, enter the second half, bringing Mancini to 25 (out of 26) the number of players used in these three matches.
The speech on the tare of the opponents remains unchanged: Wales (then finished 2nd in the group), Switzerland and Turkey seemed very little stuff. It will start to get serious already from the round of 16, meeting on Saturday 26 June in London against the runner-up in Group C (which includes the Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia).
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma (44 ′ st Sirigu); Toloi, Bonucci (1 ′ st Acerbi), Bastoni, Emerson; Pessina (42 ′ st Castrovilli), Jorginho (29 ′ st Cristante), Verratti; Bernardeschi (29 ′ st Raspadori), Belotti, Chiesa. Available: Meret, Di Lorenzo, Spinazzola, Locatelli, Insigne, Immobile, Barella. All .: Mancini
Galles (3-4-3): Ward; Gunter, Rodon, Ampadu; C. Roberts, Allen (41′ st Levitt), Morrell (15′ st Moore), N. Williams (41′ st B. Davies); Bale (41′ st Brooks), Ramsey, James (29′ st Wilson). A disp.: Hennessey, A. Davies, Lockyer, T. Roberts, Norrington-Davies, J. Williams, Mepham. All.: Page
Ammonites: Pessina (I), Allen, Gunter (G)
Expulsion: 10 ′ st Ampadu (G)