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20/06/21
Stadio Olimpico
Euro 2020 • Group A
  • 2nd Half
  • Italy
  • Wales
  • DonnarummaSirigu
    89'
  • PessinaCastrovilli
    87'
  • AllenLevitt
    86'
  • WilliamsDavies
    86'
  • BaleBrooks
    86'
  • Pessina
    79'
  • Gunter
    79'
  • BernardeschiRaspadori
    75'
  • JorginhoCristante
    75'
  • JamesWilson
    74'
  • MorrellMoore
    60'
  • Ampadu
    55'
  • Allen
    51'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Italy
  • Wales
  • BonucciAcerbi
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Italy
  • Wales
  • Pessina
    39'
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It has finished in Baku - Switzerland have beaten Turkey 3-1. They'll have to wait to see if that's enough to claim one of the best third-placed finishes.

  • End of 2nd Half
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Peep peep! That's full time. Italy have won the group and, bar two late goals in Baku, Wales are going through in second place.

90+1' 

GOOD SAVE! Cristante shoots low from outside the area and Ward palms it away from danger.

90' 

We'll have a minimum of three additional minutes. With no more goals in Baku of late, Wales look nailed on for second place.

90'

A change for Italy, in goal no less; Salvatore Sirigu replaces Donnarumma.

89' 

CLOSE! The ball breaks to Belotti on the edge of the area. He has his back to goal, but spins and cracks a fierce shot at Ward, who gathers at the second attempt.

86'

A triple change for Wales, as David Brooks, Dylan Levitt and Ben Davies come on for Bale, Williams and Allen.

For Italy, the goal scorer Pessina is replaced by Gaetano Castravilli.

84' 

Verratti curls a dangerous ball in to the back post from the right, where Rodon climbs well to head clear.

83' 

Italy are probing again, and Chiesa's low shot from the right is blocked behind for a corner by Allen, who has been quietly excellent for Wales today.

81' 

Moore catches Acerbi with a stray elbow, and it's a free kick to Italy. He needs to be careful; a booking will put him out of a second round match.

79'

Gunter and Pessina are both booked for separate fouls.

78' 

Ramsey wins a free kick now, out on the right touchline in the Italian half, but Wales can't make anything from it.

75' 

OH WHAT A CHANCE! Wales launch a free kick into the area. Rodon heads it to the back post where Bale, unmarked, skies a volley over the bar from eight yards out! That's a huge miss; Wales have been outplayed today, but have created three superb chances.

75'

A change for Wales as Harry Wilson replaces Daniel James.

For Italy Bryan Cristante and Giacomo Raspadori replace Jorginho and Bernardeschi.

73' 

Danger for Wales as Acerbi flicks on a corner at the front post that flashes through the Wales six yard box and out of play.

72' 

Wales get forward, and Ramsey tries to float a ball to Bale at the back post but it's overcooked. We're back to a two goal swing for second and third place; this'll be a nervous last 20 minutes.

70' 

Bernardeschi tries to dance into a crossing position on the right, but runs the ball out of play.

Over in Baku, Shaqiri has fired in another for the Swiss who now lead Turkey 3-1.

68' 

Intricate play from Italy as they tiki taka their way into the Welsh area on the right. Emerson spins and shoots, and it's deflected over for a corner.

66' 

Bernardeschi whips the corner in, where Toloi flashes a header wide of the near post.

65' 

EXCELLENT SAVE! Italy break quickly on Wales, and Chiesa cuts past Williams to get to the byline. He pulls it back to Belotti near the six yard box, and Ward turns the first itme shot around the post.

63' 

There's been a goal in Baku, and it's a big one for Wales - Turkey have pulled one back, and trail Switzerland 2-1.

61' 

James wins a free kick for Wales in the bottom right corner. He takes the kick, but it's headed clear by Italy.

60' 

A change for Wales as Morrell is replaced by Kieffer Moore. A positive change from Page, and an out ball for his depleted team.

58' 

Chiesa cuts in from the right, but hits a feeble pearoller with his left straight into the hands of Ward. The stadium is a little stunned here; Wales have switched to a flat back four now, with Gunter and Williams as orthodox full-backs.

  • Ethan Ampadu
    Red cardEthan AmpaduWalesRED CARD! Ampadu catches Bernadeschi as he misses the ball in a fifty-fifty, and it's a straight red! It's VAR checked, but it's going to stand; he missed the ball and came down hard with his studs on Bernadeschi's ankle. Was that high enough and reckless enough to justify a red? I'm not so sure, but Wales are down to ten men.
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55' 

RED CARD! Ampadu catches Bernadeschi as he misses the ball in a fifty-fifty, and it's a straight red! It's VAR checked, but it's going to stand; he missed the ball and came down hard with his studs on Bernadeschi's ankle. Was that high enough and reckless enough to justify a red? I'm not so sure, but Wales are down to ten men.

54' 

OH WHAT A CHANCE FOR WALES! A long ball into the Italian area bounces past Bastoni and Ramsey is in on the right. He dithers, and it costs him; he doesn't shoot, looks for support that isn't there and then loses the ball as he tries to adjust his feet.

53' 

OFF THE POST! Bernadeschi takes it, low and whipped right around the wall; Ward is beaten, but the ball clips the outside of the post and drifts behind for a goal kick.

  • Joe Allen
    Yellow cardJoe AllenWalesAllen brings down Belotti 25 yards from goal. It's a free kick in a good position, and a yellow card.
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51' 

Allen brings down Belotti 25 yards from goal. It's a free kick in a good position, and a yellow card.

50' 

Bale has been very quiet today, and tries to get going here with a run into the Italian half. He finds Williams out on the left, who crosses to no one in particular, and Italy clear.

49' 

Bastoni crashes through the back of Bale near halfway; free kick to Wales.

  • 2nd Half
2ND HALF 

We're underway again in Rome. It's slightly more precarious for Wales now than at kick off; another goal for the Italians and a third for the Swiss in Baku would see the Welsh slip to third in the group, and waiting on other results to see if they progress.

HT

A change for Italy at the half, as Francesco Acerbi replaces Bonucci.

HT 

Here's that goal from Pessina.

  • End of 1st Half
45' 

There's no added time, the half abruptly ends bang on 45 minutes.

42' 

SO CLOSE! Verratti is running this. He clips a lovely pass into the area from out on the left, and Pessina breaks from nowhere to glance the ball just wide of the far post.

As things stand Wales and Switzerland are level on four points each, with Wales in second due to their superior goal difference: +1 plays -1.

41' 

Italy are almost in again with a looping cross to the back post, but Wales clear.

  • Matteo Pessina
    GoalMatteo PessinaItalyGOAL! Italy 1 (Pessina 39) Wales 0 Italy area ahead! From a free kick near the right corner of the Welsh area, Verratti whips a low ball into the penalty area. Pessina gets across the defence, applying a glancing touch to the cross that diverts it low past Ward and into the far corner.
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39' 

GOAL! Italy 1 (Pessina 39) Wales 0

Italy area ahead! From a free kick near the right corner of the Welsh area, Verratti whips a low ball into the penalty area. Pessina gets across the defence, applying a glancing touch to the cross that diverts it low past Ward and into the far corner.

36' 

Verratti almost undoes Wales with one chipped pass, right down the middle of the pitch. IT's slightly ahead of Belotti, who can't quite reach it on the stretch and Ward gathers.

34' 

Wales get a free kick in the Italian half. James takes it, lumped to the back post, where Rodon climbs but can only head it down into the hands of Donnarruma.

31' 

Emerson goes past Rodon and into the Welsh area on the right. As the ball runs away from him, Emerson hits the deck theatrically as Rodon tries to get back at him. There was nothing in that, and Emerson is lucky not to be carded for simulation.

29' 

CHANCE! Bastoni crosses from the left for Italy. Williams misses it completely, and it lands in the lap of Chiesa at the back post. From a wide angle he smashes his shot back across goal, where it clips Ampadu and flies out for a corner.

27' 

CHANCE! Wales win their first corner of the match. James whips it swiftly in to the front post, where Gunter arrives unmarked and heads just over from six yards out. What an opportunity; Wales should be ahead.

In Baku, Switzerland have doubled their lead over Turkey courtesy of Shaqiri.

25' 

A long ball down the left finds James, who bullets a cross into the area to Ramsey. It's a chance if he can get it under control, but he uses a hand to do so and it's a free kick to Italy.

24' 

Wales give the ball away close to their own goal. The Italians work it to Belotti, with a shooting chance from wide on the right, but he drags it yards wide of the far post.

23' 

Wales get their first sustained period of play in the Italian half. It's good, snappy passing, maybe 30 or so, but it's all across the face of the Italian area and Allen eventually gives away the ball and then a free kick.

19' 

The ball goes out for a throw-in near Mancini, who deftly controls the ball with his heel as it drops behind him. Classy.

17' 

Wales are under pressure here. They clear one ball into their box, from where a volley by Toloi on the edge hits Pessina and trickles into the hands of Ward.

15' 

Wales are standing off Italy until they get within 30 yards of goal. Emerson comes forward again, but can only send a bouncing shot straight into the hands of Ward.

13' 

Chiesa suddenly speeds the game up down the right for Italy. He flashes a vicious cross into the six yard box, where Rodon gets across Belotti to head clear.

12' 

A half chance for Italy here. Emerson piles forwards, unchallenged, and whips a cross to the back post. Belotti sneaks in behind Gunter, but can't connect with his volley properly on the stretch, and the ball trickles behind for a goal kick.

10' 

With James and Bale in wider attacking positions and Ramsey withdrawn, there's no pressure on Bonucci as he tries but fails to pick out Emerson over the top and down the left. That ball's been on a few times so far.

7' 

Toloi launches a long ball into the area, looking for Belotti, but Ward is out to gather.

Over in Baku, Switzerland have taken the lead against Turkey through Seferovic. As things stand Italy top the group, Wales are second, Switzerland third and Turkey fourth.

4' 

Bales fires a long, diagonal ball into the penalty area. It clears Allen, and Williams gets around the back but can only hook the ball into the hands of Donnarumma.

3' 

James takes a lump off Verratti in midfield, just as it looks like Wales threatened to break; free kick.

1' 

Peep! We're underway in Rome.

16:55 

Here come the teams! Your referee today is Ovidiu Hategan. After two of the best national anthems out there, we'll have all the action for you.

16:50 

They just don't want to go to work. Apparently there are 400 Welsh fans in Stadio Olimpico tonight; if they can upset Italy and win here, it's Wembley on Saturday.

16:45 

How about this for a run from the Italians: in their last ten matches they've won the lot, scoring 31 and conceding a big fat zero. It goes deeper too; if they avoid defeat tonight, they'll equal their all-time record of thirty matches unbeaten on the spin. That's how you recover from not qualifying for the World Cup.

16:40 

ITV are showing a clip of Bale's post-match pep talk to the Welsh squad on the pitch in Baku on Wednesday. What an inspiration he was that night; after a quiet opening match against Switzerland, he was superb against the Turks bar that Waddled penalty.

16:35 

Wales have only beaten Italy twice in their history. The first time was in a friendly in 1988 when Ian Rush scored the solitary goal in Brescia; the second was a legendary victory in a Euro 2004 qualifier in Cardiff, when Craig Bellamy rounded Gianluigi Buffon to tap in for a stunning 2-1 victory. If they win tonight they'll win the group, a result that you'd imagine might become the most famous of the three.

16:30 

Broadly speaking, tonight is a free hit for Wales. With four points in the bank already they look almost sure to progress to the knockout stages, providing that they aren’t humbled by a big score this evening. Their caretaker manager Page deserves immense credit for their performances so far, having taken full control of the team for this tournament at short notice and tasked with following that sensational run by Wales in France five years ago.

16:25 

Your genial hosts tonight are already through to the second round, but won’t be in complete cigars out mode as they still need at least a point to top the group. If they do that, then it’s a trip to Wembley on Saturday night on face the runners up in Group C. Roberto Mancini’s side have been showered with praise after two emphatic 3-0 wins so far in Euro 2020; when they leave Rome, how will they fare on the road? Having not qualified for the 2018 World Cup, this team are as unknown a quantity as an Italian team has ever been at a major championship.

16:20 

Wales manager Robert Page clearly has one eye on the knockout rounds. There’s no place for Chris Mepham, Ben Davies or Kieffer Moore tonight, all of whom have a yellow card to their name and would pick up a one-match suspension if they were to be cautioned tonight. It looks like a rejigged 5-3-2 – in come Chris Gunter, Ethan Ampadu and Neco Williams at the back, while the jet-heeled Daniel James and Gareth Bale will lead Wales on the break as the front two.

16:15 

If you wanted to check out Italy’s squad depth, here’s your chance; Roberto Mancini has made eight changes to the team which beat Switzerland, with only Jorginho, Leonardo Bonucci and Gianluigi Donnarumma remaining. The two Fedrico’s from Juventus – Chiesa and Bernadeschi – start either side of Torino’s Andrea Belotti up front.

16:10 

Croeso i Gymru:

16:05 

Here are your hosts tonight, the azzurri:

16:00 

Buongiorno, noswaith dda. Welcome to live coverage of Italy versus Wales in the final round of matches of Group A in Euro 2020.

It’s first versus second in the group; Italy’s six plays Wales’ four, and the group winner will be sorted out in Rome tonight. While this is going on, Switzerland face Turkey in Baku. Turkey’s goal difference means they’re practically out of it, while it’s a must win for Switzerland. We’ll keep tabs on all of it for you, as Group A concludes and the first places in the knockout rounds are inked in for real.

Teams to follow from Rome shortly.