Wales secured the second spot in Group A at Euro 2020 despite a 1-0 loss to group winners Italy in Rome. Ethan Ampadu was shown a straight red card in the 55th minute of the game. The sending-off sparked fears that Switzerland could pip Wales to the second spot in the group. The Swiss could only manage to beat Turkey 3-1 in Baku and will now have to wait for the other groups.
Wales will now face the runners-up of Group B next Saturday in the Dutch capital. Matteo Pessina had given the hosts the lead with a neat finish. The Italians made eight changes to their starting line-up after sealing qualification in Matchday 2. Gareth Bale missed a golden opportunity to equalize for the visitors. Italy is now unbeaten in 3o games and will now face the runners-up of Group C.
Italy: Donnarumma (6), Toloi (6), Bonucci (6), Bastoni (7), Emerson (6), Pessina (8), Jorginho (7), Verratti (8), Chiesa (7), Belotti (6), Bernardeschi (8).
Subs used: Acerbi (6), Raspadori (6), Cristante (6), Castrovilli (N/A), Sirigu (N/A)
Wales: Ward (8), Ampadu (4), Rodon (8), Gunter (7), C. Roberts (6), Allen (7), Morrell (6), N. Williams (6), Bale (6), Ramsey (6), James (6).
Subs used: Moore (7), Wilson (6), Brooks (N/A), Davies (N/A), Levitt (N/A)
Man of the match: Marco Verratti (Italy)
Italy manager Roberto Mancini to ITV: “We are happy, but we know that after the group stage we start a new European Championship. It will be different.” Mancini said after Italy beat Wales. “The guys are very clever; they want to win every game and have a good mentality. We changed eight players and we played a very good game. We played against a good team, but I think we deserved to win.”
Wales manager Rob Page: “We’ve got the second spot and it’s that feeling of winning. We knew we were in for a tough game and that we’d have to dig deep at times and we absolutely did that. Going down to 10 men gave us an even bigger hill to climb but credit to the boys, I can’t speak highly enough of them.”