Rome / Baku – The Italian footballers defeated Switzerland 3-0 at the European Championships and were the first team to advance to the round of 16. The “Azzurri” in Group A in Rome repeated the initial triumph over Turkey as a result. Wales also came close to advancing, beating Turkey 2-0 in Baku.
Italy defeated the Swiss 3-0 and was the first to advance from the group
The Italian footballers defeated Switzerland 3-0 at the European Championships and were the first team to advance to the round of 16. The “Azzurri” in Group A in Rome again repeated the initial triumph over Turkey, after two rounds the Swiss have a single point for a 1: 1 draw with Wales. Manuel Locatelli scored twice at the Olympic Stadium and added a third goal, Ciro Immobile.
Coach Robert Mancini’s charges, which ranked among the biggest favorites of the tournament, extended the winning streak without conceding a goal to 10 duels and improved their own record.
In today’s previous match of the Wales group in Baku, he beat Turkey 2-0 and is close to advancing with four points. On the contrary, the Turks are on the verge of elimination and can finish third best. The Italians will close the introductory part of the Euro on Sunday with the Welsh in Rome, the Swiss will clash with Turkey in the Azerbaijani capital.
“Switzerland is a tough opponent. We knew it would be a challenging match, which was also confirmed. We had a chance and could have scored a goal earlier. We were a little worried at the beginning, but in the end we deservedly won,” Mancini said in an interview with Italian television. .
“A lot of things didn’t work for us and a lot of things worked for Italy. The truth lies in the middle. Congratulations to the Italians, they played great football, as they have been doing for some time,” added Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic.
The home team had the upper hand from the beginning. After Spinazzol’s center, Immobile headed over the goal. Chiellini’s goal from the 18th minute was called off after the intervention of the video referee due to the hand of the 36-year-old captain, who was the first Italian player to enter the field in the fourteenth match at the European Championships. However, stopper Chiellini did not last long in him, because he had to resign in the 24th minute due to a muscle injury. “We’ll see tomorrow. We hope it won’t be anything serious,” Mancini said.
In two minutes, the Italians could rejoice in the first regular goal. Locatelli centered on Berardi, after whose penetration and pass into the penalty area he ended the action and at the age of 23 years and 159 days he became the youngest shooter of this year’s Euro.
Midfielder Sassuola added a second goal in the 52nd minute. After Barello’s pass, Locatelli hit the penalty spot from Sommer’s goal behind the penalty area. Before today’s duel, the Italian midfielder had the only national team to his credit.
“The first goal is for my family. After passing Berardi, I continued the action because we know each other and I knew he would do something like that. I dedicate the second goal to all Italian fans because we play so they can be happy again,” said Locatelli.
The team from the Apennine Peninsula then confidently controlled the lead, which they could highlight in the 75th minute. But Immobile still missed the cross. Gunner Lazia Rome was seen in the 89th minute, when he surprised Sommer with a bouncing shot from a distance and became the fifth author of two goals in the tournament. The Swiss have not been able to beat Italy for the ninth time in a row since 1993.
Wales defeated Turkey 2: 0 and came close to advancing to the round of 16
The Welsh footballers defeated Turkey 2-0 in the second match of the European Championships in Baku and came significantly closer to advancing to the round of 16. After the initial 1: 1 draw with Switzerland, the semifinalists of the last Euro have four points. On the contrary, the Turks did not repair a 0: 3 defeat with Italy and are close to being eliminated. In group A, they can finish third.
Aaron Ramsey scored the winning shot in the Azerbaijani capital in the 42nd minute. After an hour of play, the captain of the “Dragons” Gareth Bale could add insurance, but he did not change the penalty. The final result was set in the fifth minute by the setting again after Bale’s pass by defender Connor Roberts.
“It was important to win today. We would like to think that four points will be enough, but we have to wait. If you offered them to us at the beginning of the tournament, we would bite your hand,” Bale, 31, told uefa.com.
The Welsh team got into the first big chance in the sixth minute, but Ramsey did not mature close to the goalkeeper Cakira. On the other hand, Yilmaz’s dotted shot ended up right next to him. In the 24th minute, the unguarded Ramsey overshot in the lime. Then the Turks, who had stronger support from the spectators in Baku, threatened twice from the corners, but the opponent was happy with the goal.
Three minutes before the end of the opening half, Ramsey had his third attempt. The midfielder of Turin’s Juventus ran for the defense of Turkey, processed Captain Bale’s millimeter passport with his chest, and overcame the run-off Cakir. “I was relieved because I had missed two chances before. We played tremendously in the first half, we really dominated,” Ramsey said.
After a break from the border of a small lime, he ended up over the Turkish captain Yilmaz. On the other hand, Ramsey threatened again, but Cakir stopped his ground shot.
After an hour of play, Celik fouled Balea and the referee Dias whistled a penalty kick. The fouled player himself stood up to him, but he kicked. Historically the best scorer in Wales has stretched the series without a goal scored for the national team for 13 matches. Paradoxically, he almost made his mark when he blocked Cakir’s kick, but the balloon ended up next to the bar.
Bale continued to try his luck, but with his head and shot from an angle, he did not register among the shooters. In the setting, however, from the corner flag, he walked along the goal line until the penalty area and presented the ball to Connor Roberts, who was right.
“It’s the best moment in my career that is unmatched. Playing in a big tournament is the pinnacle for me and almost securing our progress to the next stage is incredible,” Roberts said.
Turkey lost the fifth of the last six matches at the European Championship, the last time they were happy to win five years ago against the Czech Republic. “I would like to apologize. We wanted to win a lot, but it was not enough. We still have one match left and we will do everything against the Swiss to win,” said Turkish defender Umut Meras.
Baku: Turkey – Wales 0: 2 (0: 1)
Goals: 42. Ramsey, 90. + 5 C. Roberts. Judges: Dias – Tavares, Soares – Pinheiro (video, all Portug.). ZK: Yilmaz, Calhanoglu – B. Davies, Mepham. Attendance: 19,762 (limited number).
Turecko: Cakir – Celik, Ayhan, Söyüncü, Meras (72. Muldur) – Yokuslu (46. Demiral) – Karaman (75. Dervisoglu), Calhanoglu, Tufan (46. Yazici), Ünder (83. Kahveci) – B. Yilmaz . Trener: Sun.
Wales: Ward – C. Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, B. Davies – Morrell, Allen (73. Ampadu) – Bale, Ramsey (85. Wilson), James (90.+4 N. Williams) – Moore. Trenér: Page.
Rome: Italy – Switzerland 3: 0 (1: 0)
Goals: 26th and 52nd Locatelli, 89th Immobile. Judges: Karasev – Demeško, Gavrilin (all Russians) – Dankert (video, Germany). ŽK: Gavranovic, Embolo (both Switzerland). Attendance: 12,445 (limited number).
Itálie: Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini (24. Acerbi), Spinazzola – Barella (87. Cristante), Jorginho, Locatelli (86. Pessina) – Berardi (70. Tolói), Immobile, Insigne (69. Church). Trenér: Mancini.
Switzerland: Sommer – Elvedi, Schär (57. Zuber), Akanji – Mbabu (58. Widmer), Freuler (84. Sow), Xhaka, Rodriguez – Shaqiri (76. Vargas) – Seferovic (46. Gavranovic), Embolo. Coach: Petkovic.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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