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Italy - Switzerland
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Full-time: Italy are the first team in the European Championships to progress to the last-16 of the tournament following this comprehensive victory over a bewildered Switzerland. Europe, beware!
Three minutes will be added on. Three more minutes of misery for Switzerland.
- GoalCiro ImmobileItaly
GOAL! Italy 3-0 Switzerland (Ciro Immobile): His performance deserves a goal and now Immobile grabs it, even if the goalkeeper should do better to keep his low shot out. Italy win it back in midfield and Immobile is allowed to pounce before striking into the bottom corner from 20 yards. It's another statement of intent from the Azzurri.
- OffManuel LocatelliItaly
- OnMatteo PessinaItaly
Italy subs: A standing ovation as the excellent Locatelli is replaced by Matteo Pessina for the last few minutes, while Bryan Cristante comes on for Barella.
- OffRemo FreulerSwitzerland
- OnDjibril SowSwitzerland
Switzerland sub: A final switch as Djibril Sow replaces Freuler.
Into the last 10 minutes here and Italy are still very much in control. It has been a chastening night for the Swiss and they'll now need to beat Turkey on the final group game to have any chance of progressing in the tournament.
Have a look at Immobile's chance a few minutes ago...
- Yellow cardBreel EmboloSwitzerland
Yellow card! Embolo goes in late on Barella, who requires treatment, and the Switzerland forward is cautioned to no one's surprise.
- OffXherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland
- OnRuben VargasSwitzerland
Switzerland sub: A fourth change sees Ruben Vargas replacing Shaqiri.
Just wide! Italy are cutting through the Switzerland defence like a knife through butter, as Chiesa races through the middle and finds Immobile on the left side of the penalty area. He's searching for the far corner but drags it wide.
Chance! As Switzerland throw bodies forward in desperate search of a goal, they're going to leave themselves short at the back. Bonucci's ball out of defence finds Immobile but he spurns the opportunity by firing wide of the far post.
Great desire by Acerbi to block Shaqiri's powerful shot! But it matters little as the Liverpool forward was in an offside position.
- OffLorenzo InsigneItaly
- OnFederico ChiesaItaly
Italy double sub: Chiesa and Rafael Toloi replace Insigne and Berardi.
Shot! Italy break rapidly, with Jorginho threading a nice pass down the middle, picking out Berardi. His shot is just wide of the near post.
Switzerland chance! Donnarumma's clean-sheet is still intact as Switzerland overload the Italian defence, Zuber picking up the ball in space down the left but his angled shot is well saved by the goalkeeper.
Over! Finally, a shot from the Swiss. Following a nice pass from substitute Gavranovic, Shaqiri, in a pocket of space, blazes over the top.
Tottenham and Juventus are being linked with the Sassuolo midfielder, but just how much is he worth now after this performance?
Oh, it's beautiful...
- OffKevin MbabuSwitzerland
- OnSilvan WidmerSwitzerland
Double Switzerland sub: A change in the system as Silvan Widmer and Steven Zuber come on for Schar and Mbabu. Is it too little too late?
It's the first time in his career Locatelli has scored twice in one game for club or country. Not a bad stage to do it. Italy now have the lead their performance deserves, and it could get a whole lot worse yet for Switzerland.
- GoalManuel LocatelliItaly
GOAL! Italy 2-0 Switzerland (Manuel Locatelli): What a goal, what a performance from Locatelli! After another well-worked passing move, Locatelli takes a nice first touch to get the ball out of his feet and set him up for the shot from distance and he really puts his laces through it as the ball nestles into the bottom corner.
Schar doesn't hold back as he challenges Berardi, but he has hurt himself after escaping a yellow card.
- Yellow cardMario GavranovicSwitzerland
Yellow card! Gavranovic, just on as a sub, is already on a booking for a foul on the follow-through on Bonucci.
Switzerland start the half on the front foot, Shaqiri's deflected effort winning a corner. Rodriguez's delivery is headed wide by Elvedi, but that's better.
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Kick-off! We're back underway in Rome where Italy are just 45 minutes from securing their place in the last-16 of the competition.
- OffHaris SeferovicSwitzerland
- OnMario GavranovicSwitzerland
Switzerland sub: A much-needed change in attack as Mario Gavranovic replaces the anonymous Seferovic.
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Half-time: Italy are in complete control in Rome, they lead 1-0 at the break thanks to Manuel Locatelli's lovely goal, but the Azzurri should be already out of sight.
There will be two minutes of added-time to play here.
Italy's high-energy, high-pressing game that was so evident on Friday is back on display this evening, and Switzerland are simply unable to cope. It's been a first-half to forget for Xhaka and co.
Italy are completely overwhelming Switzerland in midfield and they win two corners in succession but can't make it count. The Swiss will be glad to hear the half-time whistle at this rate.
Spinazzola has space to drive into down the left and he charges into the penalty area with one thing on his mind. But he can't adjust his feet as he shoots and it's a really tame finish which trickles wide.
A scare at the back for Italy as Freuler feeds Shaqiri, who spreads it wide to Rodriguez in space on the left. But he can't find the target.
Chance for Italy! Switzerland are asking for trouble as Insigne is afforded too much space and threads it through to Immobile. He dances past Schar but takes a heavy touch and Sommer pushes it away. It comes back to Insigne, whose effort is headed clear by Mbabu.
Here it is, enjoy...
The camera focuses in on Chiellini, who has his left thigh strapped. Let's hope it's not the end of his tournament.
It truly was a gorgeous goal, started and finished by Locatelli, who is a real player.
- GoalManuel LocatelliItaly
GOAL! Italy 1-0 Switzerland (Manuel Locatelli): They're not going to rule this one out! It's totally deserved. The excellent Locatelli, having started the move with a delicious pass out wide to Berardi, continues his run and he's left unmarked to receive the cross, slotting it home to break the deadlock.
- OffGiorgio ChielliniItaly
- OnFrancesco AcerbiItaly
Italy sub: It's Francesco Acerbi who is given the nod to replace Chiellini, who gives his armband to Bonucci.
Chiellini's night is over! From joy to despair, the Italy defender is going off with a hamstring problem.
A rare foray forward for Switzerland ends in frustration as Xhaka's cross is catching practice for Donnarumma.
Goal ruled out! Relief for Switzerland as replays show the ball struck the hand of Chiellini before his finish. It's still goalless!
GOAL! Italy 1-0 Switzerland (Giorgio Chiellini): It's the veteran defender who gives Italy the lead, it's his ninth goal of his international career! Insigne's corner delivery is excellent, it falls into the path of Chiellini, who rifles it home. But did the ball touch his arm? It's going to VAR...
Italy continue to target the left side as Berardi's cross, searching for Spinazzola, wins a corner.
Everything has been great about Italy's performance so far: the pressing, their intricate passing... the only aspect missing is their finishing, as Insigne blazes a shot into row-Z from distance.
Penalty appeal! Elvedi appears to make contact with Insigne, who takes a tumble inside the Swiss penalty area... but the referee is unmoved and play continues. Italy really have their opponents pinned back at the moment and you wonder how long they can hold them out.
Over! Spinazzola was excellent against Turkey and he's already proving his worth from full-back, standing up a cross for Immobile to attack but he can't guide his header on target.
Switzerland can provide a threat on the counter-attack and they'll look to utilise the speed of Embolo. He races at the defence from the left side of the penalty area but Chiellini stands his ground and defends the danger well.
Italy are applying more pressure, as Di Lorenzo presses forward to float a cross into the box, searching for Insigne. Switzerland defend it well, but Italy recycle possession.
Italy beginning to get into their groove here. They enjoy a spell of possession before stringing a lovely attacking move on the edge of the Swiss penalty area, but Insigne's lobbed pass searching for Berardi is collected by goalkeeper Sommer.
Xhaka races back and makes a vital challenge to prevent Berardi from advancing any further. He faces plenty of criticism in Arsenal colours, but is usually excellent for his country.
An early free-kick for Switzerland is whipped in by Shaqiri, Di Lorenzo heads clear for Italy. Plenty of early touches for the Swiss.
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Kick-off! It's Switzerland in their white kit who get us underway here at Stadio Olimpico!
The national anthems are bellowed out passionately. That really gets you in the mood for international football. Here we go...
With just five minutes until kick-off, it's time for the national anthems...
These nations have history!
With nine victories in a row, without conceding a single goal in the process, it's hard to look past the Azzurri tonight. Strong defensively, they also pack a punch and Mancini must be confident of another supreme performance tonight against a hard-working Swiss side lacking real quality.
Petkovic: "We certainly created many chances [against Wales]. We perhaps should have finished off one or two of them. It's disappointing, but we're not too displeased with our performance. Against Italy it will be a very different match."
Mancini: "There is always some tension [in the air before a big match] and it's fair enough. This is an important game and we have a great deal of respect for the team we are facing. Especially in attack, they have players who can change a match in a moment. We could change some players but it does not change our team. We have 26 players here and they can all play at this level. I remain confident that Italy are one of the best teams in the tournament."
A disappointing result for Switzerland. Despite dominating and creating a host of chances, they couldn't get over the line...
Italy will start the game with huge confidence after their opening day thrashing of Turkey...
Swiss boss Vladimir Petkovic - former manager of Lazio and very familiar with tonight's venue - makes no changes to the team that drew with Wales, which is a surprise considering how disappointing their result was. Granit Xhaka captains the side having not missed a competitive game for Switzerland since October 2016. Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri starts in attack.
Mancini makes just the one change to his Italy side and it's an enforced one as Giovanni Di Lorenzo replaces the injured Alessandro Florenzi. Manuel Locatelli continues to fill in for the injured Marco Verratti, while Domenico Berardi gets the nod ahead of Federico Chiesa.
TEAM NEWS - Italy XI: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne.. subs: Sirigu, Meret, Belotti, Pessina, Emerson, Chiesa, Acerbi, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Raspadori, Bastoni, Toloi /// Switzerland XI: Sommer, Elvedi, Shar, Akanji, Mbabu, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodriguez, Shaqiri, Embolo, Seferovic.. subs: Mvogo, Kobel, Widmer, Zakaria, Vargas, Zuber, Sow, Fassnacht, Benito, Mehmedi, Gavranovic, Comert.
Hello there! After Wales' splendid 2-0 victory over Turkey, we now turn our attention to tonight's other game in Group A, Italy versus Switzerland. Roberto Mancini's men sent out a statement in Friday night's memorable opener, putting Turkey to the sword 3-0. Tonight the Azzurri will be targeting the victory that will seal their place in the competition's last-16 with a game to spare. Can Switzerland - who drew 1-1 with Wales last time out - spring a surprise to keep themselves in contention though? Kick-off is now just an hour away, team news follows next.