Having made a strong start in their opening match against Turkey, Italy booked their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a 3-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday night.
The Italians started the tournament exactly as they had planned to with
inspiring them to aconvincing 3-0 win over Turkey
in the opening game last Friday. Striker
also got himself on the scoresheet as
s men started as they mean to go on impressively.
That impressive win and performance have marked Roberto Mancini’s side out as potential contenders to win the European Championship for the first time since 1968.
’s brace helped Italy on their way to win
and guarantee their passage from Group A to the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
had a close-range 19th-minute effort ruled out for handball by VAR.
However, it didn't take long for Italy to get the ball in the back of the net again, as Locatelli tapped in from close range after a hard-charging run down the sideline and cross from
left his teammate with the easiest of finishes.
were unable to create chances against Italian solid defense that hadn't conceded a goal over their nine-match winning streak.
doubled their lead soon after the break, with a left-footed shot past Swiss keeper
to make the visitors' way back into the game complicated.
wrote his name to the scoreline just before full-time with a fantastic effort from outside the box that beat Sommer at his far post to give Italy their sixth goal at the Euro in two matches following their 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday.
The result secured Italy’s place in the knockout stage of the tournament as well as extending their unbeaten run to 29 matches.
Italy will take on Wales on a Sunday, while Switzerland face Turkey on the same day.