Italy completed their Euro 2020 Group A campaign with a 1-0 win over ten-men Wales at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.
clung on with 10 men for a result which was enough to secure their place in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
made eight changes to their squad as they had already secured their passage to the last 16, but they were still dominant,
's goal giving them a 1-0 half-time lead which proved to be the match-winner.
Pessina's goal came from a free-kick conceded by
on the far right edge of the penalty box before the end of the first half.
, who played for the first time after two games on the sidelines, delivered a cross into the box and Pessina guided it into the goal.
Wales improved in the second half but were forced to play the final half an hour a man down after
was sent off for a lunge on
had the chance to score the equalizer on 75 minutes, but he volleyed the ball over the bar.
Their automatic qualification was under threat withSwitzerland beating Turkey 3-1
in Group A's other fixture, but Wales withstood relentless Italian pressure to scrape through in second place on goal difference.
Despite the loss, Wales join Italy as the two teams progress from the group. Switzerland will have to wait to see if they are one of the tournament’s four best third-placed teams.