Rome, June 20 (Xinhua)-Italy beat Wales in Rome 1-0 in Euro 2020 Group A on Sunday night, with the host scoring three wins in three games.
Matteo Pessina smartly flicked Marco Verratti’s free kick in the 39th minute to put the ball in the bar post, scoring the only goal of the Italian match.
Verratti was running midfield, but neither Daniel James nor Gareth Bale were able to join Wales, who couldn’t target in the first half.
Federico Bernardesi hit the Italian post from a free kick early in the second half, and Ethan Ampadu challenged the striker late in the 55th minute, leaving Wales playing with 10 men with 35 minutes remaining.
The Italians maintained the other half pace, but couldn’t find a second goal. Wales, on the other hand, had only one chance in every match as the veil volleyed over after the free kick.
After the match, both Italy and Wales participated in the knockout stage of the European Championship.
Elsewhere in the same group, Xherdan Shaqiri’s brace helped Switzerland maintain its last 16 hopes after defeating Turkey 3-1 at the Baku Olympic Stadium.
When Harris Seferovic broke the deadlock in just six minutes, “Nati” secured a perfect start to their all-or-nothing clash.
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer was busy for the rest of the first half, but Vladimir Petkovic’s men still beat Shaqiri 2-0 in the 30th minute.
Elastic Turkey eventually halved its deficit after a restart when Ilfan Jean Kavech finally overcame Somer in the 62nd minute.
However, it was a short-lived joy for Turkey as Shaqiri relentlessly regained a two-scoring lead after Shaqiri closed the double strike six minutes later.
As a result, Switzerland had to wait to see if it had done enough for the last 16 tickets, but Turkey had to end the Euro 2020 campaign at zero points on the table.
Italy Edge Wales, Switzerland end Turkey’s Euro 2020 campaign
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