Italy has played very well in the tournament so far. Therefore, some second guard players were allowed to play against Wales. Still enough for a relatively secure victory.
Despite the eight changes in the starting line-up compared to the sovereign’s performance against Switzerland, Roberto Mancini’s team behaved with elegance and dominance in their third group game in this European Championship from the start. If the second Italian lawsuit against Wells has anything to complain about, it’s a lack of killer instinct. Despite outnumbered for half an hour after a stern red card against Ethan Ampadu, the score at Olympique was only 1-0 at the end.
With Matteo Pessina, one of the eight newcomers has proven that he knows where the target is. Fellow Swiss international Remo Froller, 24, used an impressive free kick from retriever Marco Verratti six minutes before the end of the first half to score his third goal for the national team.
Welsh coach Rob Page issued a brave slogan before kick-off: Group victory (!), if at all possible. The Dragons soon realized that a victory over the weak but inspired Italians, which was essential to winning the group, was out of reach on Sunday. Only once, when Wales international Chris Gunther, who had moved into central defence, scored a corner kick in the 27th minute, Wales created some danger in scoring before the break.
Otherwise, only the host actually played, who had 70% possession in the starting stage. So Wales did everything to implement at least Big 1a’s goal: “If we can’t win, let’s play a tie and finish second,” said the 46-year-old. Wells did a good job, but the Azura team didn’t seem to be properly challenged.