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Italy 1-0 Wales: Wales qualify for Euro last 16 despite 1-0 loss

Sun 20 June 2021 | 18:17

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,

Matteo Pessina

'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

Joe Allen

on the far right edge of the penalty box before the end of the first half.

Marco Verratti

, 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

Ethan Ampadu

was sent off for a lunge on

Federico Bernardeschi


Gareth Bale

had the chance to score the equalizer on 75 minutes, but he volleyed the ball over the bar.

Their automatic qualification was under threat with

Switzerland 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.

source: SportMob