In Group A news from Euro 2020, Italy enter the knockout stage by beating Switzerland 3-0.
Giorgio Chiellini’s 18th-minute goal, following a close-range strike, was ruled out for handball in the build-up after a VAR review.
Soon after, the veteran defender exited the field with a hamstring injury.
After 25 minutes, Italy deservedly took the lead when Jorginho freed Domenico Berardi down the right flank. The latter responded by crossing toward Locatelli, who scores with a low finish from six yards.
Locatelli thus put Italy ahead with his 29th goal at Stadio Olimpico. It was without any equalization too, as Switzerland failed to register a single attempt on target in the first half.
Early in the second half, the Sassuolo midfielder struck again, and Italy went up 2-0.
Six minutes into the second half, Locatelli secured his brace, when he received Nicola Barella’s pass. He won the ball on the edge of the Switzerland penalty area and fired a left-footed shot into the net.
Gianluigi Donnarumma made a superb low stop to deny Steven Zuber a goal with an angled close-range effort. This proved to be Switzerland’s closest chance of scoring.
Finally, Ciro Immobile added a third goal at the 89th minute to ensure the score line reflected their dominance last.
Immobile scored with one minute remaining on the clock with a powerful right-footed effort from just beyond the box.
With this, he has become the first player since Christian Vieri at the 2002 World Cup to score in Italy’s first two games at a major tournament.
Thus, Roberto Mancini’s side proved their 3-0 opening-game success against Turkey was no fluke.
More detailed football updates are part of this video covering all the relevant match highlights.
Euro 2020 – Italy Enter the Knockout Stage by Beating Switzerland 3-0
Winning 3-0 over both Turkey first and then Switzerland is enough to send Italy through to the next round.
After a 3-0 win over Switzerland in Group A, Italy became the first team to enter the Euro 2020 knockout stage.
Switzerland must overcome Turkey in their final group game to stay in contention for a place in the top two, while Italy can rest players against Wales.
Italy 3 – 0 Switzerland
Goals: 1 – 0 Locatelli 26, 2 – 0 Locatelli 52, 3 – 0 Immobile 89
Bookings: Gavranovic, Embolo
Italy: G Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Barella (Cristante 87), Jorginho, Locatelli (Pessina 87); Berardi (Toloi 69), Immobile, Insigne (Chiesa 69)
Switzerland: Sommer; Elvedi, Schär (Zuber 58), Akanji; Mbabu (Widmer 58), Freuler (Sow 84), Xhaka, Rodriguez; Shaqiri (Vargas 76), Embolo; Seferovic (Gavranovic 46)