Italy football team continued their winning campaign by defeating Wales 1-0 to enter the last-16 i.e. knockout stage of the Euro Cup. However, despite the loss, Wales finished second in Group A and secured their place in the knockout stage.
The strong Italian team started putting pressure on Wales from the very beginning. In the 39th-minute Marco Verratti passed the cross towards the box and Matteo Pessina converted it into a goal and gave the team the lead. Wales then got off to a great start in the second half but suffered another setback in the 55th minute when Ethan Ampadu fouled and was given a straight red card.
In 20 years 279 days, he also became the youngest player to get a straight red card during a Euro Cup match. After this incident, the Wales team had to play with 10 players in the match and could not score a single goal. While the Italian players also could not score till the end and reached the knockout stage after winning the match 1-0.
With this win, Italy came on top of Group A with nine points and three wins from three matches. While Wales finished second with four points from three matches with one win, one loss, and one draw. At the same time, Switzerland defeated Turkey 3-1 in the other Group A match. In this way, Switzerland’s name was also equaled to Wales on four points after the victory, but due to goal difference, it fell behind Wales and finished third.
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Italy – Wales 1-0 (1-0)
Goals: Matteo Pessina (39)
Yellow cards: Matteo Pessina – Joe Allen, Chris Gunter
Red card: Ethan Ampadu
Italy: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Rafael Toloi, Leonardo Bonucci, Alessandro Bastoni, Emerson Palmieri – Matteo Pessina, Jorginho, Marco Verratti – Federico Chiesa, Andrea Belotti, Federico Bernardeschi
Wales: Danny Ward – Chris Gunter, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu – Connor Roberts, Joe Allen, Joe Morrell, Neco Williams – Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Daniel James
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)