ROMA – Italy continues to give spectacle to the Europeans. After the 3-0 to Turkey he trims the same result to Switzerland and flies to the round of 16 with one game to spare. Against Wales even one point will be enough to finish the group in first place. The Azzurri, if ever there was a need, gave yet another demonstration of great brilliance and solidity: on the other hand, 29 useful results in a row and 965 ‘without conceding a goal are not reached by chance. The Mancini band plays by heart, is wonderful and, above all, they help each other on the pitch. The most beautiful testimony is given by the sacrifice of Insigne, good at giving constant balance in midfield and by the inexhaustible race of Barella one who always runs for two on the field.
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Locatelli, a night to be framed
The night of the Olimpico this time, however, was above all the night of Locatelli who, at the age of 22, just 13 / a in blue, has carved out a performance to be framed in the room for a lifetime: a dream double with a second goal at Tardelli in the Mundial ’82 version. The Sassuolo midfielder is growing game after game, both in terms of quality of play and personality. And at this point it will be difficult for Mancini to remove it to make room for the recovered Verratti.
Italy in the second round, Mancini: “Magic evening”. Property: “We dedicate it to the two angels of Ardea”
June 16, 2021
Goal canceled to Chiellini who then gets injured in the flexor
With Di Lorenzo chosen to replace the injured Florenzi, Italy started determined and immediately close to the lead with a header from Immobile from a cross from Spinazzola. The corner of Chiellini’s goal (20 ‘) was born from a descent of the inspired Roma full-back, canceled by the referee Karasev with the help of the Var for an evident touch of the arm of the blue defender. The blue captain was not lucky: after 3 ‘he suffered a discomfort in his flexor and was forced to give way to Acerbi.
Italy-Switzerland, the report cards of the Azzurri: Locatelli da Oscar, A real estate for magical nights
by Matteo Pinci
June 16, 2021
Berardi-Locatelli: 1-0 by Sassuolo
Italy did not break down and on 26 ‘passed thanks to a splendid action, conceived and finalized by Locatelli after being finished by Berardi, good at going away in the area on the right to Rodriguez and unmarking his teammate in the middle of the area of club. Switzerland struggled to reorganize and Italy almost took advantage of it, missing the double throw first with Insigne (right-footed turn foiled on the line by Akanji) and then with Spinazzola.
Locatelli, doubling up at Tardelli
In the second half, Switzerland tried to return aggressively but at the first real lunge of the Azzurri they collected the 2-0, made (51 ‘) by Locatelli with a great left from outside in the corner on an assist from Barella. Petkovic tried to change something by inserting Zuber and Widmer and in fact at least Switzerland’s first and only shot on goal in the entire match arrived. It was Zuber himself who, however, found Donnarumma attentive to the response at the near post.
Italy closes with the three-man defense, Immobile drops the trio
Mancini ordered the three-man defense, inserting Toloi and Chiesa for Insigne and Berardi, and the Azzurri double-locked the door. Weakened in spirit, Switzerland surrendered and ended up leaving dangerous grasslands on the counterattack to Immobile. The Lazio striker twice pardoned Sommer but at the third opportunity (89 ′) he made up for it by throwing a ball into the corner from outside served by Toloi. For Switzerland it is late at night. To hope to continue the European adventure he will have to beat Turkey in the last game.
ITALY-SWITZERLAND 3-0 (1-0)
Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini (24 ′ pt Acerbi), Spinazzola, Barella (42 ′ st Cristante), Jorginho, Locatelli (41 ′ st Pessina), Berardi (23 ′ st Toloi) , Property, Badges (24 ′ st Church). (1 Sirigu, 26 Meret, 9 Belotti, 13 Emerson, 20 Bernardeschi, 22 Raspadori, 23 Bastoni). All .: Mancini.
Switzerland (3-4-2-1): Summer; Elvedi, Shar (13 ′ st Zuber), Akanji, Mbabu (13 ′ st Widmer), Freuler (39 ′ st Sow), Xhaka, Ricardo Rodriguez, Shaqiri (31 ′ st Vargas), Embolo, Seferovic (1 ′ st Gavranovi? ). (12 Mvogo, 21 Kobel, 6 Zakaria, 16 Fassnacht, 17 Benito 18 Mehmedi, 25 Cömert). All .: Petkovic.
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Rus).
Networks: 26 ′ pt and 7 ′ st Locatelli, 44 ′ st Property.
Corners: 3-2 for Italy.
Recovery: 2′ e 3′.
Ammonites: Gavranovi? and Embolus for foul play.