EURO 2020: Italy finish as group winners after beating Wales

  • Italy beat Wales 1-0 to finish as winners of Group A
  • Matteo Pessina flicked home Italy’s opening goal following a free-kick six minutes before half-time in Rome
  • Ethan Ampadu was given a straight red card after a late stamp on his opponent’s ankle in the second half
  • Wales nearly scored a late equaliser through Gareth Bale, but the forward fired a volley over the crossbar

Italy have qualified to the knockout stages after beating Wales 1-0.

The Italians dominated the match from the opening minute but struggled to create any clear chances against Wales.

Robert Mancini’s rotated squad gradually eased into the game and got their opening goal after Marco Verratti draw a foul from Wales’ Joe Allen.

The PSG midfielder then whipped in the resultant free kick which was flicked in by Matteo Pessina.

The ‘Azzurri’ came close to doubling their lead straight after the break, when Federico Bernardeschi saw his long-distance free kick strike the post.

Wales would then be reduced to ten-men when Ethan Ampadu was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Bernardeschi.

The result meant that both Italy and Wales qualified to the knockout stages, with Switzerland having beaten Turkey 3-1.