The Day – Euro 2020 balance sheet



Italy 1, Wales 0

Matteo Pessina scored the only goal and Italy extended their unbeaten streak to a record 30 appearances with a win over Wales on Sunday at the European Championship in Rome.

Pessina redirecting a Marco Verratti free kick into the net late in the first half.

Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu was sent off with a questionable red card for stepping on Federico Bernardeschi’s ankle 10 minutes into the second half.

Italy, who won their first two matches 3-0, finished Group A with a total of nine perfect points. Wales finished second with four points and qualified for the last 16 at just their second European Championship. The Welsh reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Chasing only their second European title, Italy will face the second team in Group C at Wembley Stadium in London next Saturday. Wales will face the second-placed team in Group B in Amsterdam.

As well as tying the team’s record 30 unbeaten games after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the victory also marked Italy’s 11th straight win and its own cage.

The Azzurri first won 30 consecutive victories under the leadership of great coach Vittorio Pozzo from 1935 to 1939. This team won Italy’s second consecutive World Cup in 1938.

Switzerland 3, Turkey 1

Xherdan Shaqiri scored two goals to give Switzerland a victory over Turkey and a probable place in the round of 16.

Winger Steven Zuber assisted Switzerland’s three goals with Haris Seferovic scoring the first and Shaqiri scoring the next two.

Irfan Can Kahveci scored for Turkey, the only goal the team managed at Euro 2020.

Switzerland finished third in Group A and will likely qualify as one of the top four teams in third place. The Swiss will have to wait until the end of the other groups for confirmation.

If Switzerland had scored two more goals, they would have passed Wales for second place in Group A and a guaranteed place in the next round.

Boos echoed in the stadium at the end of the game as Turkey came out after losing all three of their games. The team’s goal difference was minus-7, the worst since the European Championship expanded to a 24-team competition in 2016.



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