Sunday, August 1

Italy also thrashes Switzerland and is already in the round of 16

Selection of Italy gave no option this Wednesday to Swiss at the Olympic stadium in Rome and rolled her by 3-0 with a double from Manuel Locatelli and a goal from Ciro Immobile, to become the first team already mathematically classified for the eighth of the end of the Eurocup.

With another excellent feature, with an attractive game and a waterproof defenseItaly sealed their tenth consecutive victory, all without conceding a goal, and prolonged their sweet moment.

In the absence of a day for the end of group A, the selected ‘azzurro’, European champion in 1968 and four times world champion, is leader with six points, two more than Wales and five more than Switzerland, while Turkey closes the group with zero points.

The 16,000 spectators present at the Olympic, many of them Swiss, attended a new monologue by Italy, faithful to its new style with the circulation of the ball as the key. A solid, brilliant team that dreams big and received a heartfelt ovation from its fans as a reward for another great night.

Guided by the technique of Leonardo Bonucci, one of the best defenders in Europe when kicking the ball, Jorge Frello ‘Jorginho’, the brain of Chelsea European champion, and by the speed of Domenico Berardi and Leonardo Spinazzola, Italy took over of the ball and completely annulled the tactical plan of Switzerland, who went to the Olympic field determined to press up.

The ‘azzurri’ locked Switzerland in their area and pushed until the wall collapsed. They savored the advantage in the 19th minute with Giorgio Chiellini, whose target was annulled after a VAR review by a one-handed touch, and soon after they won the prize.

Despite the mandatory replacement of Chiellini, who retired shortly after the target annulled due to a physical problem, Italy broke the equality with an excellent triangulation between Locatelli and Berardi.

Locatelli opened the ball with a brilliant pass to Berardi to free him on the right wing and quickly traveled forty meters from the field to close the triangle with a comfortable shot at pleasure behind the low center of his teammate.

It was the goal that took pressure off an Italy that forgave at least two good opportunities to extend distances before the break, first with Spinazzola and then with Immobile.

Switzerland were still alive and returned after the break aggressively, trying to break through the Italian defensive barrier, but their attempts were unsuccessful and they were punished again in the fifth minute by Locatelli.

The Sassuolo midfielder controlled the ball in front of the area and signed a left-footed shot that fulminated Yann Sommer and unleashed the euphoria of the Rome fans.

It was a psychological blow that left Switzerland touched and Italy continued to create enormous volume of play and opportunities to bulk up the scoreboard.

After some opportunities forgiven by Immobile and Chiesa, who jumped onto the field in the last twenty minutes to replace Insigne, the “azzurri” put the icing on his game with the final 3-0.

It was the work of Immobile, Lazio forward, with a missile from outside the area that launched Italy towards the second round.


3 – Italy: Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini (Acerbi, m.24), Spinazzola; Barella (Cristante, m.86), Jorginho, Locatelli (Pessina, m.86); Insigne (Church, m.69), Berardi (Toloi, m.69), Immobile.

0 – Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Schar (Zuber, m.58); Mbabu (Widmer, d.58), Freuler (Sow, d.84), Xhaka, Rodríguez; Shaqiri (Vargas, m.76); Seferovic (Gavranovic, d.49), Embolo.

Goals: 1-0, m.26: Locatelli; 2-0, m.50: Locatelli; 3-0, m.89: immobile.

Referee: Sergej Karatsev (RUS). He showed yellow cardboard to Gavranovic (m.49) and Embolo (m.79), from Switzerland.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the second day of group A of the Eurocup played at the Olympic stadium in Rome before 16,000 spectators.

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