Manuel Locatelli scored a brace as Italy romped to a 3-0 win over Switzerland at the Euro 2020 in the Italian capital. Roberto Mancini’s side became the first team to go through into the knockout stages. The Stadio Olympico witnessed a breathtaking display from the Italian side with precise passing and sublime finishing.
Italy now takes control of Group A, two points ahead of Wales in second place. Switzerland remains in third place after their draw with Wales on the first matchday. Turkey has lost both their matches and remains rock bottom and in need of a miracle to reach the knockouts.
Italy: Donnarumma (6), Di Lorenzo (7), Bonucci (7), Chiellini (6), Spinazzola (7), Barella (8), Jorginho (7), Locatelli (9), Berardi (8), Immobile (7), Insigne (7).
Subs: Cristante (n/a), Pessina (n/a), Toloi (6), Chiesa (6), Acerbi (7).
Switzerland: Sommer (6), Elvedi (5), Schar (5), Akanji (5), Mbabu (4), Freuler (5), Xhaka (5), Rodriguez (5), Shaqiri (6), Seferovic (4), Embolo (5).
Subs: Widmer (5), Vargas (n/a), Zuber (5), Sow (n/a), Gavranovic (5).
Italy boss Roberto Mancini: “We won the game thinking we wanted to win it at all costs. It was a very tough match. We could have scored a second goal a bit earlier. We suffered when we had to suffer but in the end, it’s a well-deserved victory.” Mancini said. “It was the second game in five days and the boys have worked a lot. We could have sealed it earlier but we stayed patient. In my opinion, there is room for improvement. Some of the lads are very young and have never even played in the European club competitions, so I think with these young lads there is huge room for improvement.”
Switzerland boss Vladimir Petkovic: “Many things didn’t work for us tonight, and plenty worked for Italy. The truth lies in the middle. Congratulations to Italy – they play great football and have for some time.” Petkovic said. “Everyone deserves to be disappointed tonight, but tomorrow from the first training session we move on. I spoke to the team and told them there’s a match left, and three points could get us to the next round.”