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Italy vs Switzerland summary: score, goals, highlights, Euro 2020

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Italy vs Switzerland summary: score, goals, highlights, Euro 2020

Italy 3-0 Switzerland: Euro 2020 as it happened

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Peeep peeep peeeep! Italy have utterly swept Switzerland aside and are the first team to qualify for the last 16! Roberto Mancini's men are looking very, very good indeed - that's a 10th straight win for them, and a 10th straight clean sheet.

The Azzurri will play Wales for top spot on Sunday, safe in the knowledge that a draw will be enough for them to go through as Group A winners.

As for Switzerland, all hope is not lost quite yet. They must beat Turkey if they are to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages, though.

That's all from me - thanks for reading!

92

Sow strikes from 25 yards out... but slices high, wide and handsome. His wayward strike is met by ironic cheers from the home crowd.

90

Three minutes will be added on at the Stadio Olimpico.

89

Immobile makes it three! Again Switzerland give the Italians far too much time to control and shoot from the edge of the box. Sommer slightly throws his cap on Immobile's low strike, in truth, but into the corner it goes and Italy are on their way to a second straight 3-0 win.

87

Italy make two more subs. Barella and Locatelli are the men replaced, the latter getting a particularly large ovation for his two-goal display. On come Bryan Cristante and Matteo Pessina.

85

Immobile holds off Akanji before drawing a fine save from Sommer, but the whistle has gone. Immobile is deemed to have fouled Akanji as he tussled with the defender.

84

Switzerland bring off Freuler for Djibril Sow.

82

Barella really doesn't look like he can continue. He receives the ball on the left and has to get rid of it post-haste, because he's limping heavily. Surely he'll have to be replaced.

79

Embolo is booked for an extremely overzealous challenge on Barella, who's left in a heap and in some pain.

76

Shaqiri is brought off for Ruben Vargas.

76

Again Immobile is released into the Swiss penalty area to shoot, but again he fires across the face of goal and wide! This time it's Chiesa who's the provider, leading a quick break before feeding the striker. He's a bit miffed he didn't get a return ball.

73

There's a chance for Immobile, but he slices his finish wide! He's found by a wonderful, raking pass from the back by Bonucci and, though his first touch is on point, carrying him into a shooting position inside the box, his second isn't.

72

Di Lorenzo is almost in for a third when he latches on to a bouncing ball in the Switzerland area, but Rodríguez is there in the nick of time to block his fiercely-hit shot.

At the other end, Shaqiri produces a neat turn and shot on the edge of the Italian area, but Barella throws himself in the way of the strike to keep it out... and there was an offside in the build-up, anyway.

69

Italy make a double change, withdrawing Insigne and Berardi for Federico Chiesa and Rafael Tolói. Rapturous applause for the two men coming off.

66

Having almost conceded, Italy immediately have a chance to add a third. Berardi scampers towards the Swiss box on the right, before cutting inside and aiming for the far corner - but his shot flashes just past the angle of post and bar.

64

Fine save by Donnarumma! That's Switzerland's best chance by a mile.

It falls to Zuber, the recently-introduced substitute, who's found in shooting space eight yards or so out, at a bit of an angle on the left. He tries to steer a low finish past Donnarumma and into the far corner, but the Italy goalkeeper keeps it out with his legs!

62

Shaqiri lets fly from 25 yards, but shoots well, well over.

Italy then stroke it about with supreme confidence, eliciting the first olé's of the evening.

58

Switzerland make a double change, bringing off Mbabu and Schär for Silvan Widmer and Steven Zuber.

Barring a major turnaround in the last half hour in Rome, the Swiss will have no option but to beat bottom side Turkey on Sunday if they're to have any chance of going through.

Locatelli now joint-top scorer at Euro 2020

Manuel Locatelli has drawn level with fellow two-goal men Patrik Shick, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the Euro 2020 scoring charts.

52

2-0 to Italy! Locatelli again! It's a lovely strike, but he had far too much time to pick his spot.

Barella lays the ball square to the Sassuolo man, who takes a touch at the top of the box and fires low into the corner. Italy are sailing into the last 16.

51

Schär and Berardi are both left in a heap after colliding as they challenged for a 50-50 ball. Both teams want a free-kick and a yellow card. Referee Sergey Karasev deems Berardi to have been the offender, but keeps his cards in his pocket.

49

Gavranovic is already in the book, picking up a richly deserved yellow card for a late challenge on Bonucci.

48

Just as they did in the first half, Switzerland have made a promising start to the second.

Elvedi rises highest to get his head to a corner, but can't direct his effort into Donnarumma's far corner. A couple of yards wide.

Switzerland have made a half-time substitution, replacing Haris Seferovic with Maro Gavranovic.

Peeep! We're back underway at the Stadio Olimpico.

Opta note that Italy have now racked up a 29-0 aggregate score in the nine and a half games they've played since the last time they failed to keep a clean sheet, in a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in October.

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Peeep peeep peeep! Italy have been totally dominant, and deservedly lead at the break. As it stands, they're heading for a 10th win in a row and a place in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.

47

Insigne has the ball in a dangerous position on the corner of the Swiss penalty box... but miskicks his ball into the area, and the chance is lost.

At the other end, Mbabu tries to find Seferovic inside the Italy box, but Di Lorenzo snuffs out the danger with a very clever dummy that allows the ball to roll harmlessly behind.

45

Mbabu feeds it forward to Embolo, who has a chance to run at Acerbi. The Lazio defender does ever so well to hold him off, though, and it's behind for an Italy goal-kick.

Two minutes of time added on in Rome.

40

Switzerland spend a rare period on the ball in the Italy half, but lose it before too long - and suddenly the hosts are haring at their box, Spinazzola leading the charge. He wins a corner, which then becomes a second corner.

Akanji heads Berardi's delivery clear, but right away it's Italy ball once again. It's worked to Insigne, who feeds a lovely, defence-splitting ball to Immobile in space on the left-hand side of the box - but the striker is driven a little wide, and Sommer beats out his shot without too much trouble.

37

Italy go close again! Insigne releases Spinazzola into acres of space on the left wing. As the Swiss defenders back-pedal furiously, he carries the ball into the box before trying an unorthodox, outside-of-the-boot finish... but it flies a yard or so wide. It would have been a sumptuous effort had it come off.

34

Close! Italy are not far away at all from doubling their lead. First, Immobile produces a neat change of direction to carve out a yard of shooting space inside the Swiss box, but his strike is blocked.

The loose ball falls straight to Insigne, however - and he looks to chip it over Sommer and into the far corner, but Akanji is there to clear!

Breaking: Ramos to leave Real Madrid

In other news, Real Madrid have just announced in a statement that the club are to hold a farewell event for captain Sergio Ramos tomorrow. That brings an end to speculation over whether or not the defender would finally renew his contract at the Bernabéu, where he has been for 16 years.

29

Mbabu looks to take on his man and cross from the right, but he's run off it by a delegation of Italians.

26

Now Italy do lead! Locatelli taps in! It's a fine goal. A long-distance one-two.

It's the goalscorer himself who launches the move with a cross-field ball to Berardi out on the right wing. He charges towards the byline, beats Rodríguez and cuts it back across goal, where Locatellil is waiting to turn it in past Sommer.

Italy are looking so good.

25

Chiellini is replaced by Francesco Acerbi.

24

Oh dear. It's been a bad couple of minutes for Chiellini. Having just had a goal disallowed, he now signals to the bench that he's injured and can't carry on.

22

Barella tries to slip Immobile in behind the Swiss defence, but Schär is alive to the danger to cut out the through ball.

Switzerland then launch what by now has become a rare attack, but Shaqiri's cross into the box is too long for Embolo.

19

...which Chiellini buries, only to see his goal ruled out for handball! The defender goes up for Insigne's delivery with Xhaka and Akanji, and when the ball drops to his feet, he sweeps it in past Sommer.

However, a VAR check deems that Chiellini handled the ball when he went up for the aerial challenge.

18

Italy are popping it about very confidently, and win a corner on the left...

15

Switzerland's attacking start to the game is but a distant memory now. It's all Italy ball in the visitors' half. Insigne latches on to a loose ball and shoots first time, but sends his strike high and wide.

12

Italy are starting to pin Switzerland back, and Spinazzola is looking very dangerous on the left wing. There are timid penalty shouts when Insigne tumbles under the challenge of Elvedi, but that's never a penalty. Indeed, Insigne himself is at pains to make it clear to the referee that he just fell over; he wasn't looking for the spot-kick.

9

Italy have taken a greater measure of control of the ball now, and create the first clear chance of the game. Spinazzola turns neatly on the left-hand side of the penalty box, gets to the byline and crosses for Immobile, who's all alone - but heads over!

7

Italy enjoy their first period of sustained possession in the Switzerland half. Locatelli carries it towards the Swiss area, slips the ball inside to Insigne and advances into the box to collect the Napoli man's scooped through ball... but can't quite bring it under control and it trundles out for a goal-kick.

4

The Swiss have made a very bright start - most of the play has been in the Italy half so far. Ricardo Rodríguez picks the ball up and charges towards the Italian box and fires low into the area, but again it's cleared.

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Switzerland immediately win a free-kick on the right wing when Mbabu gets a shove in the back. Xhaka delivers into the box, but Italy clear.

Xhaka has clearly seen Phil Foden's new, blond hair-do and decided he wants a bit of that, by the way.

Peeeep! We're up and running in Rome.

Out come the teams! Anthem time

The teams are out at the Stadio Olimpico, where it's time for the national anthems. Oh, Italy's is just so enjoyable.

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Group A: how things stand after Wales' win over Turkey

Here's how Group A looks after Wales' 2-0 victory over Turkey in Baku a short while ago.

Given that three points was enough for two third-placed teams to go through at Euro 2016, the Welsh now look to have a foot and a half in the last 16. Switzerland will be in the same boat as Wales if they win in Rome, while Italy will return to the top and will be through if they claim all three points tonight.

(Image: UEFA.com)

Swiss chasing first win over Italy in 28 years

Switzerland face Italy for the 59th time, note Opta - more than the Swiss have played any other national team.

Their two major-tournament wins against the Italians both came in the 1954 World Cup - a 2-1 group-stage victory followed by a 4-1 triumph in a play-off to reach the quarter-finals.

Since then, Switzerland have defeated Italy just the once, in 1993, when Marc Hottiger’s goal gave a side coached by Roy Hodgson a 1-0 win in qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. The Italian team beaten that day featured the man leading them from the dugout tonight.

Euro 2020 day six

How to watch Italy vs Switzerland

Viewers in the US can get the information they need on how to tune into Italy vs Switzerland by reading our guide to Wednesday's Euro 2020 action here.

Those elsewhere in the world can find out here.

 

Vladimir Petkovic

What the coaches said

Roberto Mancini, Italy:

"There is always some tension [before a big game] and it's fair enough. This is an important game and we have a great deal of respect for the team we are facing. Especially in attack, they have players who can change a match in a moment.”

Vladimir Petkovic, Switzerland:

“We certainly created many chances [in the opening draw against Wales at the weekend]. We perhaps should have finished off one or two of them. It's disappointing, but we're not too displeased with our performance. Against Italy it will be a very different match."

(Quotes via UEFA; photo: REUTERS/Alberto Lingria)

Mancini and Di Lorenzo

Di Lorenzo in for Italy, Swiss unchanged

Italy head coach Roberto Mancini makes one change to the team that easily saw off Turkey in the tournament's opening game, bringing Giovanni di Lorenzo in at right-back in place of Alessandro Florenzi, who has been struggling with a calf problem.

Meanwhile, Switzerland boss Vladmimir Petkovic - who returns to the stadium where he coached Serie A club Lazio between 2012 and 2014 - has named the same side that began Saturday's draw with Wales.

Switzerland team news

Starting line-up: Sommer, Elvedi, Schär, Akanji, Mbabu, Freuler, Xhaka, Rodríguez, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Embolo

Italy team news

Starting line-up: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Jorginho, Barella, Locatelli, Berardi, Immobile, Insigne

Italy vs Switzerland: Euro 2020 preamble

Hello! After sweeping Turkey aside with an impressive 3-0 win in their opening game in Group A, Italy will become the first team at Euro 2020 to qualify for the last 16 if they beat Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico.

If they do overcome the Swiss, it’ll be a 10th consecutive win for Roberto Mancini’s side - only the second time that’s happened in the history of the Italian national team. What’s more, Italy’s nine victories on the trot so far have all come with clean sheets.

As for the Swiss, who have beaten the Azzurri just once since the mid-50s, they began their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Wales on Saturday - their fourth consecutive stalemate in a European Championship finals match.

A victory in Rome would take Switzerland level on four points with Wales, who beat Turkey in today’s earlier Group A fixture, and leave them with one foot in the knockout stages. A draw would hardly be a terrible result for Vladimir Petkovic’s men, either, as it would keep their destiny in their own hands.

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