Match Recap: Italy vs. Wales at Euro 2020


In an intriguing UEFA Euro 2020 match, Italy defeated Wales 1-0. Because they finished first and second in Group A, respectively, both teams advanced to the knockout stages.

The Azzurri used a rotating lineup after qualifying for the knockout stages with 3-0 victories over Turkey and Switzerland in their first two games. However, this team still had plenty of talent and constantly posed a challenge to Wales’ defense. Federico Chiesa had Italy’s greatest chance early on, but his driven volley at the back post went barely wide.

In the 39th minute, they would finally make a breakthrough. Matteo Pessina assisted Marco Verrati on his way to the near post with a free-kick from the right. The ball sailed past Danny Ward in goal and into the bottom left corner, giving Italy the lead at Euro 2020 for the second time.

Ampadu is sent off for Wales in Euro 2020.

As the second half began, the Azzurri came near with another free-kick. Federico Bernadeschi’s long-range effort touched the outside of the left post before falling behind.

When Ethan Ampadu was sent off in the 55th minute, things became even worse for Wales. While the verdict first appeared to be unconvincing, a VAR review revealed that the Wales defender was late in his challenge on Bernadeschi.

With a goal and a man advantage, Italy continued to create chances in the second half. Chiesa’s outstanding effort down the right flank resulted in a shot from Andrea Belotti in the 65th minute. The shot prompted another save from Ward, who came up big to keep Wales in the game for the time being.

While Wales had few chances during the game, captain Gareth Bale had the finest chance in the 75th minute. The winger was found in plenty of space after a free-kick was glanced back across goal. Bale, on the other hand, misfired his volley, much to the chagrin of the Welsh. At Euro 2020, he has failed to find the net.

In the dying minutes of the game, Italy came close again, but Ward saved strikes from Belotti and substitute Bryan Cristante. The score stayed 1-0 after the final whistle, ensuring the Azzurri’s flawless record at Euro 2020.

However, it wasn’t all terrible news for the Welsh. They qualified for the Euro 2020 knockout stages in second place in Group A, thanks to wins over Switzerland and Turkey.

In the Euro 2020 Round of 16, Italy will face the runner-up from Group C, while Wales will face the runner-up from Group B.

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