Manuel Locatelli scored for the first time in his career as Imperial Italy defeated Switzerland 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday to become the first team in the last 16 of Euro 2020. Midfielder Locatelli started and ended the move as he opened the scoring, placing from afar, after excellent partner Domenico Berardi on the right-wing, He then fired a shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner of the net at the start of the second half.
Ciro Immobile added a late third in the tournament to seal their 3–0 win for Italy, extending their unbeaten run to 29 games, the last 10 of which included 31 goals and no goals. Italy, who defeated Turkey in their opening match, has a six-point lead in Group A after two rounds of matches and is ahead of Wales, Switzerland, and Turkey. They could finish first with a draw in their last group game against Wales on Sunday when the Swiss face Turkey.
Italy’s captain Giorgio Chiellini, making his 14th appearance at the European Championship, more than any other off-field player for Italy, wondered when he fired two defenders for attempting to be dismissed for handball. Inspired to shoot from close range. Although the Italians should not be ruled out, even after Chiellini was injured, Locatelli began the move with a brilliant pass and then ended it in the 26th minute after interference from Berardi’s right side.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma stopped a double attempt by Steven Zuber in the 64th minute to save his impeccable record in the last 10 games before Immobile fired twice in the Open. The Italian striker entered the scoreboard in the 89th minute, however, hitting his shot from 20 meters to defeat goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
Watch football highlights of the Group A match in which Italy defeated Switzerland.