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Euro 2020: Italy First Team To Qualify For Knockout Stages

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Italy notched their second successive win against Switzerland (3-0) and Turkey (3-0) in Euro 2020 on Wednesday June 16. An extraordinarily successful performance for ‘Squadra Azzura’ which validates their qualification for the knockout stages. Italy opened the scoring after the first ten relatively balanced minutes. They took the measure of their opponent and settled into the Swiss camp. But neither Immobile, whose head went overhead, nor Chiellini, who was denied a goal for a hand following a corner, managed to materialize the Italian domination. Unhappy with his canceled goal, the Italian captain also had to leave his partners in the 24th minute for a thigh injury.

Italy could have been disturbed by the exit of Chiellini, but in the end, they did not have time to think about it. Only two minutes later, Locatelli was at the reception of a Berardi cross to give a logical advantage to Roberto Mancini’s men (1-0, 26th)! Behind, the Italian selection remained dominant, but Immobile and Spinazzola failed to materialize two opportunities to make the break before halftime.

He was sure that the Nazionale would take the opportunity to validate, already, his ticket for the round of 16, this duel against the Swiss neighbor was eagerly awaited to provide answers to the questions raised at the end of the inaugural match on Friday:Is Italy so solid that she can mingle with the contenders for a final victory, or the ease with which Mancini’s men disposed off their opponent on Friday, is it, above all, due to the weakness of the Turkish formation?

From his half of the field, Locatelli sent a long ball to the right of the field towards Berardi, who provoked and entered the box on the right side before crossing in front of the goal. At the start of the action, Locatelli took advantage of a defense obsessed by Immobile to find himself alone in front of the cage and propel the ball into the net (1-0, 26th). Shifted by Barella at the entrance to the area, full axis, Locatelli arms an unstoppable left strike along Sommer’s left post, stuck on his line (2-0, 52nd). Served at 20 meters full axis, Immobile arms a strike from the cross right which beats Sommer, author of a hand fault (3-0, 89th).

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