European Championship - Group A
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Euro 2020: Italy 3-0 Switzerland - Manuel Locatelli scores twice in one-sided win

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport

In-form Italy became the first team to reach the knockout stage of the European Championship with another impressive Group A showing in victory over Switzerland.

Roberto Mancini's side thumped Turkey on the opening day of the tournament and made it back-to-back 3-0 wins courtesy of another sprightly performance in Rome.

Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli scored twice, first by finishing off a move he started by tapping in from Domenico Berardi's darting run and cutback.

Italy's passing and pressing was far superior to their opponents and Locatelli's fizzing strike from the edge of the area underlined their control of the contest.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile's long-range drive, which squirmed under goalkeeper Yann Sommer, completed a comprehensive victory late on.

Switzerland barely threatened an Italian backline that has now gone 10 games without conceding in all competitions, a run approaching 1,000 minutes.

World champions France were tipped by many as pre-tournament favourites, but Italy have showcased their credentials as strong contenders with two eye-catching performances.

Once again they set the tempo before kick-off with a rousing rendition of the national anthem, sung with gusto by players and supporters alike at the Stadio Olimpico.

Switzerland struggled to cope as the Azzurri impressively extended their unbeaten run to 29 games, and their fierce defence and ruthless attacking play in the final third looks like it will take some stopping as this tournament progresses.

Before this championship, Italy had never netted three goals in a game at the Euros but Immobile's effort means they have now achieved the feat twice in two games.

One blemish for the Italians came with an injury to captain Giorgio Chiellini, who had a close-range finish ruled out for handball shortly before he was forced off with a suspected hamstring problem.

Switzerland's only chance of note fell to substitute Steven Zuber, but his low shot from the angle was comfortable for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to deal with.

Italy can finish top of the group with a point against Wales on Sunday, which would set up a last-16 meeting against the runner-up in Group C at Wembley Stadium on 26 June.

Player of the match

LocatelliManuel Locatelli

with an average of 8.75

Italy

  1. Squad number5Player nameLocatelli
    Average rating

    8.75

  2. Squad number17Player nameImmobile
    Average rating

    7.65

  3. Squad number11Player nameBerardi
    Average rating

    7.64

  4. Squad number4Player nameSpinazzola
    Average rating

    7.56

  5. Squad number8Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    7.53

  6. Squad number18Player nameBarella
    Average rating

    7.46

  7. Squad number10Player nameInsigne
    Average rating

    7.39

  8. Squad number19Player nameBonucci
    Average rating

    7.38

  9. Squad number2Player nameDi Lorenzo
    Average rating

    7.16

  10. Squad number3Player nameChiellini
    Average rating

    7.10

  11. Squad number21Player nameG Donnarumma
    Average rating

    6.96

  12. Squad number15Player nameAcerbi
    Average rating

    6.83

  13. Squad number14Player nameChiesa
    Average rating

    6.82

  14. Squad number12Player namePessina
    Average rating

    6.51

  15. Squad number25Player nameTolói
    Average rating

    6.49

  16. Squad number16Player nameCristante
    Average rating

    6.45

Switzerland

  1. Squad number23Player nameShaqiri
    Average rating

    6.24

  2. Squad number11Player nameVargas
    Average rating

    4.81

  3. Squad number14Player nameZuber
    Average rating

    4.79

  4. Squad number7Player nameEmbolo
    Average rating

    4.74

  5. Squad number13Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    4.67

  6. Squad number3Player nameWidmer
    Average rating

    4.63

  7. Squad number2Player nameMbabu
    Average rating

    4.62

  8. Squad number19Player nameGavranovic
    Average rating

    4.58

  9. Squad number15Player nameSow
    Average rating

    4.56

  10. Squad number8Player nameFreuler
    Average rating

    4.54

  11. Squad number1Player nameSommer
    Average rating

    4.51

  12. Squad number22Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    4.50

  13. Squad number10Player nameXhaka
    Average rating

    4.46

  14. Squad number4Player nameElvedi
    Average rating

    4.45

  15. Squad number5Player nameAkanji
    Average rating

    4.37

  16. Squad number9Player nameSeferovic
    Average rating

    4.18

Line-ups

Italy

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21G Donnarumma
  • 2Di Lorenzo
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniSubstituted forAcerbiat 24'minutes
  • 4Spinazzola
  • 18BarellaSubstituted forCristanteat 87'minutes
  • 8Jorginho
  • 5LocatelliSubstituted forPessinaat 86'minutes
  • 11BerardiSubstituted forTolóiat 70'minutes
  • 17Immobile
  • 10InsigneSubstituted forChiesaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sirigu
  • 9Belotti
  • 12Pessina
  • 13Emerson
  • 14Chiesa
  • 15Acerbi
  • 16Cristante
  • 20Bernardeschi
  • 22Raspadori
  • 23Bastoni
  • 25Tolói
  • 26Meret

Switzerland

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Sommer
  • 4Elvedi
  • 22SchärSubstituted forZuberat 57'minutes
  • 5Akanji
  • 2MbabuSubstituted forWidmerat 58'minutes
  • 8FreulerSubstituted forSowat 84'minutes
  • 10Xhaka
  • 13Rodríguez
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forVargasat 76'minutes
  • 9SeferovicSubstituted forGavranovicat 45'minutesBooked at 49mins
  • 7EmboloBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 3Widmer
  • 6Zakaria
  • 11Vargas
  • 12Mvogo
  • 14Zuber
  • 15Sow
  • 16Fassnacht
  • 17Benito
  • 18Mehmedi
  • 19Gavranovic
  • 21Kobel
  • 25Cömert
Referee:
Sergey Karasev
Attendance:
12,445

Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 3, Switzerland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 3, Switzerland 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Djibril Sow (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Breel Embolo.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Italy 3, Switzerland 0. Ciro Immobile (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rafael Tolói.

  5. Post update

    Silvan Widmer (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Federico Chiesa (Italy).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Bryan Cristante replaces Nicolò Barella.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Italy. Matteo Pessina replaces Manuel Locatelli.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Nico Elvedi (Switzerland).

  10. Post update

    Federico Chiesa (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Djibril Sow replaces Remo Freuler.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ciro Immobile (Italy).

  13. Post update

    Manuel Akanji (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Switzerland. Granit Xhaka tries a through ball, but Ruben Vargas is caught offside.

  15. Booking

    Breel Embolo (Switzerland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Switzerland. Ruben Vargas replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ciro Immobile (Italy) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Federico Chiesa with a through ball following a fast break.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nicolò Barella (Italy).

  19. Post update

    Ricardo Rodríguez (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ciro Immobile (Italy) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leonardo Bonucci.

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