Italy can get down to business after their 1-0 victory over Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and their impeccable qualification for the round of 16. While his team was already qualified, coach Roberto Mancini had chosen to turn and had left on the bench no less than eight holders of the last match. Mancini had also started Marco Verratti, six weeks after his right knee injury with PSG, and renewed his attack by betting on Federico Chiesa, Andrea Belotti and Federico Bernardeschi.
It took him well since the opening of the scoring came from an incoming, Matteo Pessina, young midfielder of Atalanta Bergamo, who extended a free kick victoriously for his first goal in the selection (1-0, 39th ).
After the break, Italy saw its task facilitated by the expulsion of Ampadu for a sole on Bernardeschi (55th). First in group A, Italy will face in the round of 16 the second in group C, possibly Ukraine or Austria.
But undefeated for 30 games and 30 goals against zero conceded in their last ten outings, the Italians are advancing calmly. Defeated, Wales however preserves 2nd place in the group and the direct passage to eighth, on goal difference in front of Switzerland, +1 against -1.
But, good 3rd, the Helvetians could also pass thanks to their convincing victory over Turkey, 3-1, acquired thanks to a goal from Seferovic (6th) and a double from Shakiri (26th, 68th). They will have to hope to be part of the four best third groups.
The Turks are meanwhile eliminated pitifully, with three defeats in three games and only one goal scored … A disaster for Burak Yilmaz and his teammates, who had twice held France in check during the Euro qualifiers (2- 0, 1-1) or even outclassed the Netherlands 4-2 at the end of March, in qualification for the World Cup.